Introducing Alcatel 1X, the first Android Go phone
Feb 26 2018
The main highlight of the Alcatel 5 is the integration of face unlocking mechanism paired with dual front camera sensors. The Alcatel 5 also offers facial recognition for authentication and a programmable fingerprint sensor for quick-launching your most-used apps with the scan of a finger.
After showing them off first at CES 2018, Alcatel has just officially debuted its latest collection of Android smartphones at MWC... It also supports slow motion recording and comes with new features like Light Trace and Video Story. The 3 has a 5.5-inch 1440 x 720 display; the 3X has a 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 display; and the 3V has a 6-inch 2K display. Under the hood is the 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK6750 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There's a dual front camera setup on here that includes a 13MP sensor with f/2 aperture and 5MP wide angle camera, as well as a 12MP reader camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
Compared to the Alcatel 3, the Alcatel 3X offers better specifications at a slightly higher price.
The CPU has the same amount of cores and clockspeed, and 1GB of RAM... but you're only getting 8GB of onboard storage, which is pretty much useless in this day and age of larger apps. Some other features are 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, quad-core processor, fingerprint sensor and 3000mAh battery. You'll get a 5.3 inch display with a 16 megapixel camera, and interestingly, it'll also be using the Android Go version of Android Oreo.
Note: Some variants of the device are reported to run standard Android Oreo (not the Go edition that is the subject of this article) and have upgraded specs (more megapixels on the camera, increased memory, fingerprint scanner, NFC... etc).
The Alcatel 5 available now in certain markets (UK TBC) in metallic gold and black retailing for €229.
The Alcatel 3V costs Euro 190 and is the only smartphone in the Alcatel 3 lineup to offer Full HD+ display. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Alcatel 1X packs a 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. "Not only are these two of the best tablets we've ever made, they're also two of the most affordable Android Oreo tablets in the market starting at under 100EUR". Other features include a 3,000mAh battery, fingerprint reader, and Android Oreo. Ouch. At least the price is certainly cheap checking in at €100 for a single-SIM variant and €110 for a dual-SIM variant. Inside there's a quad-core MediaTek MT8735A processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. The 3 (available March) has a 5.5-inch IPS FHD+ display. It is backed by a 2460mAh battery that is rated to give up to 26 hours of talk time.