March 21, 2018

MWC 2018: Alcatel launches an Android Go phone

26 February 2018, 02:22 | Ruben Fields

Alcatel wants to bring iPad-like features at an insanely low cost

Alcatel Revamps Its Smartphones with Supersized Screens

Every Alcatel 3 Series device features a 3,000mAh battery. Priced at Euro 229.99, the smartphone has a near bezel-less display on sides and bottom. 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.

The Alcatel 3X offers a smaller 5.7 inch screen with 720p+ resolution, a 3000 mAh battery, dual camera (13+5 MP), 5 MP selfie camera, Android Nougat OS and quad core MT6739 quad core processor. The user can authenticate this device using the fingerprint sensor or face unlock.

It sports a 12MP rear camera with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture, and dual LED flash. 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. It will be available in Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Gold color options.

For selfies, it has two snappers in the front: a 13MP unit with f/2.0 aperture and 1.4 µm pixel size and a 5MP unit.

Both the low-end tablets run quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processors with 1GB of RAM and 8GB/16GB of internal storage. It includes a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (1440x720p) resolution. Other features include Android Oreo out-of-the-box, fingerprint sensor, facial recognition, and microUSB.

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But the Alcatel 3V is the largest and sharpest member of the 2:1 family, with a 6-inch FHD+ panel in tow, while the 5.7-inch HD+ Alcatel 5 has a completely bezel-less chin and dual front-facing camera going for it. The device is one of the few to sport dual front-facing camera lenses - a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a super wide-angle 5-megapixel lens with LED flash.

Running the show there's an octa-core MediaTek chipset paired with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with Android Oreo available out of the box. According to the company, the rear camera can be interpolated to capture 16-megapixel images.

Alcatel has announced the launch of the Alcatel 5, 1X, and 3-series smartphones well ahead of the MWC 2018.

In the end, what you're getting is the first presentation of what Android Go can do on low-budget smartphone internals. The Alcatel 1X with single SIM and dual SIM support will be available in April for Euro 100 and Euro 110 respectively. A powerful 2460mAh battery supplies the required power. The 3X is set to only be available in "select markets" and will sell for $179 Euros (approximately $278 CAD), while the 3V costs 189 Euros (about $293 CAD).

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