MWC: Alcatel Unveils New Cheap Phones That Don't Look Cheap At All

Posted February 26, 2018

The Alcatel 3 series actually includes three different models.

Alcatel says the smartphone features a "metallic unibody design" that includes a "bezel-less display". 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.

Meanwhile, the company has launched two Android 8.1 Oreo operating system based tablets with 7 and 10 inch IPS screens. It sports a 5.7-inch 18:9 display on the front with HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) resolution. In line with the regular Alcatel 3, it boasts a FullView 18:9 display, a fingerprint sensor and Face Key unlock and boasts both a fingerprint sensor and a sleek 2.5D contoured edge glass body.

For starters, the screen isn't full HD, being just 1400 x 720, coming in at 5.7-inches, it also has an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 CPU mated to 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

The Alcatel 5 is priced at 220 Euros (~$270) and will come in Metallic Gold and Metallic Black. They all have quad-core MediaTek processors and facial recognition features (though in all cases, Alcatel isn't using anything as fancy - and likely as reliable - as Apple's Face ID). Why 18:9 instead of 2:1? It has a 5.3 inch display, a 13/8 MP camera (depending on region), a 5 MP selfie camera, quad core processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot.

You might even be disappointed to find out that the Alcatel 5 only has one camera on its back, though it's a serviceable 13 megapixel f/2.0 PDAF shooter. At the top end is the 3V, which sports a 6-inch 2K resolution screen, with a dual camera setup that's created to take portrait mode style shots.

From the first Android Go Alcatel 1X phone up to the classy and smart Alcatel 5, the company is offering the latest design trends in the market for less.

If you're looking for a new tablet that you can toss around the house, Alcatel has lobbed a couple of options your way: the Alcatel 1T 10 and 1T 7. On the software side, this device is running Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition). There's 16GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot if you need more storage, a 2,460mAh battery powering the whole package, and a fingerprint sensor on select models. Ouch. At least the price is certainly cheap checking in at €100 for a single-SIM variant and €110 for a dual-SIM variant. The Alcatel 5 will cost under AUD$300 locally and ought to be available some time after the middle of this year.