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Blu made a budget smartphone that runs Android Pie Go Edition

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Blu partnered with Google to introduce an entry-level smartphone with Android Pie (Go Edition), which is the first Go phone in the US to run the latest version of Android. The Blu Vivo Go is aimed at those on a budget or for parents who want to get their kids a basic phone, according to Blu.

Spec-wise the Blu Vivo Go is pretty bare-bones. It’s comparable to the Asus Zenfone Live, which ran the Go version of Android Oreo. The Vivo Go has a 6-inch 720 x 1440 HD+ curved glass display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. On the rear, there are dual 8-megapixel and a small 0.3-megapixel VGA camera, and the front has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back.

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The Vivo Go is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek 6739 processor, and it has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There’s a built-in microSD card slot that lets you add 64GB of memory if needed. It also has a 2,600mAh battery. AT&T and T-Mobile offer 4G LTE support for the phone, which also has dual SIM card slots and supports Bluetooth 4.1.

The Go Edition of Android Pie runs pared-down versions of Gmail, Google Assistant, search, Maps, the app store, and more. They have smaller app sizes as well as smaller updates. Android Pie Go also comes with an app called Files Go, which helps you find and manage files.

The Blu Vivo Go costs $79.99 and is available now on Amazon, with a temporary discount of $20 off for only thirty minutes from launch time. The phone ships with a free case, screen protector, charger, and earbuds. It comes in one color: black.