IFA 2015, Alcatel announced a new family of GO devices, comprised of the GO
PLAY smartphone and GO WATCH wearable. The GO PLAY is designed for active users
and is able to take pictures underwater or be handled carelessly outdoors,
thanks to a water, dust, and shock-proof construction. The smartphone can be
dropped from a height of 1.5 metres without breaking apart, so don't push your
luck beyond that. The GO PLAY also has Periscope, Vine, and Zello
pre-installed, so you can live-stream your activities to the excited masses. It
comes in eight colors and matching waterproof headsets and protective cases.
Specs-wise, the GO PLAY is a fairly modest, but
reasonably up-to-date affair. The smartphone runs Android 5.0 features a 5-inch
720p resolution TFT display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410
CPU. It comes with 8GB of expandable storage (4GB available to users) and 1GB
of RAM. The camera setup comprises an 8MP auto-focus unit on the rear and a 5MP
fixed focus unit on the front, both being able to record 1080p@30fps video. The
handset's powered by a 2500mAh unit and includes extras such as FM Radio,
1-finger zoom, Mini apps, Multi-Tap wake up, and Idle screen.
our attention to the GO WATCH, this one isn't missing on the waterprof,
dustproof, and shockproof properties of its smartphone compatriot. The watch
isn't based on Android Wear (it's using a proprietary operating system), but is
compatible with Android and iOS alike, and brings notifications about messages,
emais, calls, and the weather. The watch is customizable with a changeable
front casing and wristband. It also has an unique trick up its sleeve - emotion
sharing! The GO button triggers an "emotion pulse measurement" that
creates an emotional graphic from the input of the gyroscope, heart rate
sensor, and accelerometer. You can instantly share the result on social
networks, or set it as the wallpaper of your GO WATCH. Oh-kay!
The GO WATCH's spec sheet revolves around a 1.22
LCD IPS 240x240 resolution display (circular shape), a Cortex-M4 based
processing unit, and a 225mAh battery that takes an hour to charge. The device
is compatible with Android 4.3 or above, and iOS 7 or above.