Last week, Alcatel, a company we don’t do a whole lot of talking about, teased its MWC 2018 announcement in Barcelona. In the teaser image were three phones: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 1X. The conference is just getting underway as we speak and the company has taken wraps off not three, but five new mid-range smartphones as follows: Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3X, and Alcatel 1X.
CES 2018 didn’t entail many smartphone announcements, but “Mobile” World Congress theoretically should. Samsung and now Alcatel are starting things out for us. Each of Alcatel’s new models varies on the account of specifications and design from low-end with the Alcatel 1X to upper mid-range in the Alcatel 5X. Alcatel is sticking to what has made the company successful in the past, and that’s affordable, budget-friendly phones. Though each of the new models is different on the outside and in size, collectively, they are very similar in terms of software. There isn’t a whole lot that’s special, nevertheless, these will be great options for those looking to save a buck. Here’s a rundown.
The Alcatel 5 is the most high-end of the 2018 portfolio. It’s design is of a shiny metal exterior, which is about as premium you’ll find among competing models. The phone also makes use of an 18:9 aspect ratio. This means the device is less wide, but taller than what most of us are accustomed to. We haven’t seen this port over to many mid-range devices yet, so it’s nice to see Alcatel get on board early. The screen measures 5.7-inches and is of a 720 x 1440 pixel resolution.
For specs, the Alcatel 5 runs on an octa-core MediaTek 6750. It comes in choice of 2GB RAM, 16GB storage and 3GB RAM, 32GB storage. Both include microSD. There’s also a 12MP camera that comes with new software features, as well as a dual front camera combo of 13MP and 5MP. There’s even an LED flash on the front of the phone, which is atypical but cool, a fingerprint scanner on the back, and facial recognition. Everything runs off a 3,000mAh battery that charges via USB Type-C, and Android 7.0 Nougat. Hopefully Android 8.0 will arrive at a later date.
Price: $280 Release: Today! Colors: Black, Gold
Another device we were expecting made its debut at MWC 2018, and it’s the Alcatel 3V. This model features a 6-inch, 18:9 display with a Full HD resolution. It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek 8735A chip with 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB or 32GB of storage space. There’s a 12MP rear camera alongside a 2MP telephoto-like lens, and the front has an 5MP selfie camera again with LED flash.
Unlike some of the other models, Alcatel 3V has Android 8.0 Oreo pre-loaded. Its battery capacity is 3,000mAh.
Price: $230 Release: Today! Colors: Black, Gold, Blue
Next in the lineup is the Alcatel 3X. This is one of the models Alcatel didn’t mention in its event teaser. It sports a 5.7-inch, 18:9 display with an HD resolution. It’s also powered by the quad-core, MediaTek 6739 SoC and comes in either 16GB of memory with 2GB of RAM, or 32GB of memory and 3GB of RAM. Both have microSD.
There’s a dual camera on the back, a 13MP main sensor and 5MP secondary camera for wide-angle. The front has the same 5MP sensor with LED flash. The Alcatel 3X comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, a built-in fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and a sealed 3,000mAh battery.
Price: $220 Release: N/A Colors: Black, Gold, Blue
Continuing onward, the Alcatel 3 has a 5.5-inch, 18:9 screen with a 720p display. It makes use of the same MediaTek 6739 processor as some of the other models and comes with 16GB of memory and 2GB of RAM. The storage is expandable and there’s a 3,000mAh battery.
For cameras, Alcatel 3 has a 13MP rear sensor and a 5MP front sensor. The same fingerprint scanner is mounted on the back and facial recognition is here as well. Android 8.0 is pre-loaded with features such as improved notifications, battery improvements, picture-in-picture mode, adaptive icons, and system-wide auto-fill.
Price: $185 Release: N/A Colors: Black, Gold, Blue
The Alcatel 1X is where things get interesting, and cheap. The model sports a 5.3-inch, 18:9 display with a low-end resolution. There’s a quad-core, MediaTek 6739 processor with either 16GB or 32GB of memory (expandable via microSD) and 1GB or 2GB of RAM, respectively. For cameras, we’re looking at either an 8MP or 13MP sensor on back, depending on the device variant, as well as a 5MP selfie camera. Both the fingerprint and facial scanners are present.
What makes this device unique from the others is the fact it’ll run Android 8.1 Oreo, the Android Go Edition. We reported on this when Google first released the software. In a nutshell, it’s Android 8.1 designed for lower-end devices. Google apps have been replaced with Go apps, which take up less space, use less data, and are easy on the processor. It’s essentially a lightened version of the Android OS. The use of this platform by manufacturers is still somewhat limited, and varies by region.
Price: $120 Release: N/A Colors: Black, Blue
Alcatel will showcase the devices at its booth all week-long, so stop by to have a look if you’re in Barcelona. We’ll update this post with more information as we get it.
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