Alcatel MWC 2018 Hands-On


The 6-inch 3V, 5.7-inch 3X and 5.5-inch 3 have numerous same features as the Alcatel 5, such as facial recognition.

These models run on Android Go - Google's stripped-down version of Android optimized for lower-end hardware. There's a slightly inferior quad-core MediaTek processor, as well as a fingerprint sensor on the rear and the same facial recognition features on board. The Alcatel 5 utilizes those five so that you can use each one to launch a different app or service. It measures 152.35 x 71.1 x 8.45 mm and weighs 144 grams. According to the company, the rear camera can be interpolated to capture 16-megapixel images. It includes a 5MP front and back cameras, 16GB expandable storage, 1GB RAM, quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor and 4000mAh battery. More specifically, the Alcatel 5 features a 5.7-inch 1440×720 pixel screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the Alcatel 1X sports 16GB internal storage, a quad-core MT6739 processor, 1GB RAM and has a 5.3-inch 18:9 VGA+ display. The new tablets, dubbed the Alcatel 1T 10 and Alcatel 1T 7, run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and come with a proprietary Kids mode. The Android Oreo phone has quad core MediaTek MT8735A chipset, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal memory, a micro SD card slot and a 3000 mAh battery.

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Talking about the Alcatel 3, it comes with glossy finish body with curved edges. The main highlight of the Alcatel 5 is the integration of face unlocking mechanism paired with dual front camera sensors. The 3X ships with a 5.7-inch display, MT6739 processor, 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB expandable internal storage loaded with Android Nougat. There's no mention if it will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. It has a 5.3-inch 18:9 screen, but it's only 960×480 in resolution. Other features include Android Oreo out-of-the-box, fingerprint sensor, facial recognition, and microUSB. But if you go with the Alcatel 5, you might actually be getting more than meets the eye.

The world's "first complete 18:9 smartphone portfolio" has been fully detailed moments ago at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, following a short CES preview in Vegas last month, and because it contains so many new Android devices, TCL's modernized Alcatel-branded lineup deserves some further explaining. It is backed by a 2460mAh battery that is rated to give up to 26 hours of talk time. The Alcatel 1X will launch in select markets in April, with pricing set at €99 ($121 USD) for the single SIM model and €109 ($134 USD) for the dual SIM version. Price details are expected to be available locally.