Alcatel has usually been committed to offering products that give customers more for their money. TCL Communication — Alcatel’s parent organization — will usually have an “affordable flagship” in their lineup, adopted by a few midrangers and an entry-level device that are easy on the pocket but try to offer more than what you would expect.
So, MWC 2018 is here, and Alcatel is prepared with its new portfolio. Aside from the flagship Alcatel 5, it includes an entry-level phones and three unique midrangers. Let’s take a closer look at them!
The super-affordable flagship, the Alcatel 5 starts at €229.99 (around $280) and provides gleaming appears alongside a slew of functions to keep it in the game on this competitive market. The smartphone has an 18:9, 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. It’s powered by an octa-core MediaTek 6750 ticking at 1.5 GHz and has possibly 16 GB of memory with 2 GB of RAM or 32 GB of memory with 3 GB of RAM. Both variants have a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Unlike the midrangers beneath the Alcatel 5 has a single digital camera module on the back again again again again. It has a 12 MP sensor, but software program program program program interpolation provides the images up to a 16 MP resolution. On the front, however, we do have two digital cameras — a 13 MP main snapper and a 5 MP wide-angle camera for those group shots. There’s also a LED expensive up front to boost the light for those club selfies.
The Alcatel 5 functions a fingerprint scanner on the back again again again again again which can unlock the smartphone and can also be programmed to launch specific applications when you touch it with your different fingers. For example — index finger for Messenger, pinkie for Instagram, et cetera. There’s also the new Face Key software program program program program feature on board, which will unlock the smartphone by checking for your face.
In the trunk, there exists a 3,000 mAh cell to keep the lights on. The smartphone comes with Android 7 Nougat out of the container which is a bit of a shame given it’s the top-tier device of the bunch here. Some of the midrangers beneath come with Android 8 Oreo, which is a bit confusing.
On the upper side of the midrange line, we have the Alcatel 3V — the only smartphone here with a Portrait Setting for its camera. Let’s dial it back again again again again a bit. The 3V functions a 6-inch, 18:9 display with a 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution for a sharp image — yes, it has a higher resolution than the Alcatel 5 over despite the fact that the 3V is the lower-tier device here. It’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek 8735A ticking at 1.45 GHz with 2 GB of RAM. It comes with possibly 16 GB or 32 GB of expandable storage.
On the camera end, we have a 12 MP main sensor (software program program program program interpolation to 16 MP available) with a 2 MP assistant camera. The secondary snapper is there to gather depth information. The Alcatel 3V will allow you to take shots with artificial bokeh and you will be able to alter your points of focus after the picture has been taken. On the front, we nevertheless have a 5 MP camera that’s software program program program program-boosted to take 8 MP images and a LED expensive for selfies everywhere.
Out of the container the Alcatel 3V comes with Android 8 Oreo. The smartphone holds a 3,000 mAh juicer to keep it going throughout the day. All of this at the starting price of €189.99 (around $230).
The Alcatel 3X is slightly cheaper and does anything a bit different with its cameras. Its 18:9 display has a 5.7-inch diagonal with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. It’s also powered by the quad-core, 1.28 GHz MediaTek 6739 SoC and comes in packages of possibly 16 GB of memory with 2 GB of RAM, or 32 GB of memory and 3 GB of RAM. Both editions have a microSD card slot for storage expansion.
On the camera end of issues we have a dual module on the back again again again again — a 13 MP main sensor for your daily photo needs, and a 5 MP secondary digital camera that has a 120-degree, wide-angle lens for some bigger shots. The selfie digital camera continues to be the same — a 5 MP sensor that’s software program program program program-interpolated to 8 MP — but also functions a LED expensive for selfies in the dark.
The Alcatel 3X comes with Android 7 Nougat out of the container a fingerprint scanner, the FaceKey face unlock feature, and a 3,000 mAh battery to keep it all running. Starting price — €179,99 (about $220).
On the Alcatel 3, we have a 5.5-inch, 18:9 screen with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. It’s powered by the quad-core, 1.28 GHz MediaTek 6739 SoC and has 16 GB of memory (expandable via microSD) and 2 GB of RAM. A 3,000 mAh battery keeps the lights on and the software program program program program on board is Android 8 Oreo.
In the camera department, the Alcatel 3 rocks a 13 MP main camera which interpolates images up to a 16 MP resolution, and a 5 MP selfie snapper, which software program program program program-boosts pictures up to 8 MP. We also get a fingerprint scanner on the back again again again again and Alcatel’s Face Key face unlocking feature.
All of this starts at €149.99 (about $185).
This is the cheapest fellow of the bunch but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything going for it. The Alcatel 1X is priced just under €100 (around $120) and comes with a super-wide 19:8, 5.3-inch display. Granted, its resolution is 480×960 pixels, so don’t expect a super-crisp image.
Naturally, we have modest hardware — a quad-core, 1.28 GHz MediaTek 6739 processor with 16 GB of memory (expandable via microSD) and 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, depending on device variant. Nevertheless the software program program program program on board is Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). Android Go has been created with the specific mindset of having expensivey performance on lower-tier products. Its integrated applications have been changed with Go variants — Google Assistant Go, Files, Go, Roadmaps Go, YouTube Go, and Gmail Go are all easy on the memory and processor, and performance optimizations have been created to the Chrome browser, Google Play, and Gboard. We are interested to see how this light version of Android works here.
On the camera side, we have possibly an 8 MP (interpolated to 13 MP) or 13 MP (interpolated to 16 MP) cameras on the back again again again again again depending on device variant. On the front, we have a 5 MP selfie snapper that interpolates images to 8 MP.
Again, depending on device variant, the Alcatel 1X can feature a fingerprint scanner on its back again again again again as well as Face Key — TLC Communication’s own face unlock feature.