We’re a day away from MWC 2018 and companies are now popping out their new devices and be showcasing them at the event on Monday. One of these companies that ready to hit the MWC floor is Alcatel as they officially unveiled the new Alcatel 5 as their new flagship, and their mid-rangers the trio of Alcatel 3 and lastly the Alcatel 1X. These devices forms the lineup of this quarters offering from Alcatel and is what its parent company TCL is making busy at the moment.
With Alcatel’s focus points towards a budget friendly device with an ample amount of specs, those looking for a top-end device with at a budget price the new Alcatel 5 should be able to handle that demand with easy.
You’ll get a 5.7-inch HD+ display on a trendy 18:9 Aspect ratio, a dual front facing camera with depth sensor but the back is a single rear camera. A fingerprint sensor is conveniently situated at the back as well as a face unlock feature which uses the one built-in on Android.
The handset is powered by a MediaTek chipset and is obviously one of the reasons why it costs less than you’d expect for a similarly spec’d device running on Snapdragon CPU. But we don’t underestimate MediaTek’s processor either as they performs virtually the same with Qualcomm’s at a lesser price. Enough with its processor, the RAM is available in 2GB or 3GB while storage is set at 16GB and 32GB respectively.
The handset runs Android 7.1 Nougat which we believe to be ashamed knowing that Android Oreo is the latest version of the OS at the moment. Anyway, it has a 3000mAh battery that’s supported by a speedy USB-C interface. All that is package on a brushed metal finish shell and the overall unique design of the handset gives a sense of premiumness and distinctively special.
The new Alcatel 5 is priced only for 229 Euros, a lot cheaper than most flagships of today.
The new Alcatel 3 lineup comprises of three separate devices being the Alcatel 3V, 3X and 3 with different prices and features of their own. These line of devices are giving more options for the mid-range market depending on the users needs and especially their budget.
Basically, these three variants of Alcatel 3 varies mainly on their display, the Alcatel 3V has a 6-inch screen while the Alcatel 3X comes with a 5.7-inch display. As the order goes downm the Alcatel 3 settles with a 5.5-inch screen. What really makes them appealing to users is that these three devices are all coming with an 18:9 displays with the 3V having a Full HD+ resolutions while the 3X and the 3 goes with HD+ resolution screens.
In terms of Camera, both the 3V and the 3X comes with dual cameras on the back with the secondary sensor responsible for its bokeh effect, the Alcatel 3 on the other hand being the base model of the three gets a single main sensor. However they share the same 5 Megapixel camera on the front which should be enough to take Selfies and handle high quality video calls.
Processing power differs a bit in terms of clock speed on these trio but they are all provided by MediaTek with 2GB of RAM on both the Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 3 while the Alcatel 3X comes with either 2GB or 3GB. Storage comes with either 16GB or 32GB for the Alcatel 3V and 3X while the Alcatel 3 is only configured to have 16GB on board. All three supports microSD cards of up to 128GB in case users needs more space for their apps, multimedia contents and files.
The Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 3 runs Android Oreo out of the box while the Alcatel 3X runs on Android Nougat. These devices share the same battery capacity of 3000mAh and is supported by a microUSB interface.
The Alcatel 3 lineup is packed on a polycarbonate frame and shell and are sub-200 Euros devices with the base model starts at 149 Euros, the Alcatel 3X is priced at 179 Euros while the Alcatel 3X will set you back at 189 Euros. The Alcatel 3 trio will be released in selected markets
The Alcatel 1X is obviously the entry-level device amongst the new Alcatel device lineup and while all other devices are all getting the fully featured Android OS, the Alcatel 1X on the other hand is powered by Android Go – a version of Android 8.0 that’s designed to run on low powered devices while maintaining the same amount of user experience from a full-blown Android installation.
The good thing about the Alcatel 1X being part of Android Go is that it takes regular updates from Google itself much like one would expect from The Pixel lineup or how users would experience them on the first generation Androidone. It is also one of those few devices to feature a 5.3-inch with an 18:9 aspect ratio display in the budget market. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor on the back which we could seldom see on such entry-level smartphones.
The Alcatel 1X comes with a polycarbonate shell with a soft suade-like back cover and under it is a 2460 mAh battery. The handset is powered by a MediaTek Processor with 1GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Its main camera is an 8 Megapixel sensor and is interpolated to produce 13 Megapixel images while the front-facing camera is a 5 Megapixel sensor for Selfies.
The new Alcatel 1X Android Go smartphone is priced at 99 Euros for the single SIM version and 109 Euros if you’d opt for its dual-SIM variant.