CES 2016: Alcatel Go Play is budget-friendly a rugged, waterproof, drop-proof smartphone

Value-driven smartphone manufacturer Alcatel OneTouch is set to bring one of its most compelling devices yet to Australia in the first half of 2016: the Alcatel Go Play.

The Alcatel Go Play is a rugged Android-powered smartphone rated IP67 for water and dust resistance, and drop-proof to heights of up to 1.5 metres. Impressively, Alcatel Australia Managing Director Sam Skontos hopes to see the phone sold for approximately AUD$200 when it launches later this year.

Skontos told CyberShack that he sees the phone as a perfect device for parents looking to buy their children an affordable device that they'll struggle to break, as well as for outdoor adventurers with an active lifestyle.

As the price tag might suggest, the Go Play's hardware specifications sit toward the lower end of the smartphone spectrum. These include a 5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 8GB of expandable storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 2,500mAh battery. Front and rear-facing cameras are pegged at 5MP and 8MP respectively. Notably, Go Play users are still able to use the phone's cameras while underwater, without voiding the warranty.

Alcatel has yet to confirm a firm local release date for the Go Play.  

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