Monday, 18 April 2016 23:55

Alcatel Go Play: the $299 water, dust, shock, life proof phone launches in Australia

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Although Alcatel’s Android-powered Go Play phone launched overseas last year to solid acclaim, it is finally available in Australia for an impressive $299.

Whether you subject Alcatel’s Go Play smartphone to water, to punching, to colour power, to glitter or to being bashed by a beach ball, Alcatel has a practically life-proof phone for just under $300 Australian dollars.

That’s a pretty impressive price point for a phone that you can rinse off under the tap - and while it doesn’t have the high-end specs of the impressive and also waterproof Samsung Galaxy S7, it’s around $1000 cheaper.

You can find out all the details of Alcatel’s GoPlay at the company’s website here, but there are some solid specs to keep Android fans of mid-range devices more than happy.

The launch also heralds the shift to more phones and devices sporting waterproof features. Not every device is waterproof yet - or dust proof and shockproof for that matter - and we did see cameras from Olympus a decade ago offering these features.

That said, Samsung’s latest phones are waterproof to 1 meter, and Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 range is also rumoured to be finally sporting this feature, too.

Plenty more below, please read on!

One day all devices will be properly waterproof, but until then, you still need to choose ones that do offer these kinds of features - if they are important to you.

After all, there are waterproof cases that are quite popular too for the more popular devices, so if you need waterproof (and better) features and your phone or device doesn’t offer it natively, there are ways to make it happen - such as the waterproof pouches you can get for any smartphone or tablet so you can read your e-book in the bath!

But back to the Alcatel GoPlay - here’s a video that Android Authority posted late last year - you can find Go Play specs and more after that:

Here are the tech specs:

OS
Android Lollipop 5.0

CAPACITY
Internal Memory 8GB ROM + 1GB RAM
End user memory 4GB
Micro SD up to 32GB

DISPLAY
5" HD IPS with Full Lamination

PERFORMANCE
Quad Core 1.2 GHz CPU

CAMERA
8 Mpxl
5 Mpxl front camera

BATTERY
2500mAh, non-removable
8.5 hours talk time
40 hours music playback

DIMENSIONS
143.3 x 73.3 x 9.2 mm
151g

Alcatel’s site also advises: “Your device has been tested in a controlled environment and certified to be water and dust-resistant in specific situations (meets requirements of classification IP67 as described by the international standard IEC 60529 - Degrees of Protection provided by Enclosures [IP Code]; test conditions: 15 - 35 °C, 86 - 106 kPa, 1 metre, 30 minutes).”

“Despite this classification, your device is not impervious to water damage in any situation. Make sure SIM/SD cover is tightly closed for IP67 features. Otherwise, they may not provide protection from water and dust.”


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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