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

Alcatel Revamps Its Smartphones with Supersized Screens

One of them is the world's first smartphone to run on Android Oreo Go Edition.

The Alcatel 5 features an HD+ display, MediaTek MT6750, 2GB/3GB RAM, 15GB/32GB expandable internal storage, 12MP rear camera, the dual front camera comprising of 13MP and 5MP sensors powered by a 3000mAh battery. The Alcatel 5 utilizes those five so that you can use each one to launch a different app or service. The 114 grams weighing phone measures 152.3 x 71.1 x 8.4 mm. 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.

This device also has an 18:9 aspect ratio with an HD+ resolution (1440×720 pixels).

The larger tablet is also offered with an optional Bluetooth keyboard and cover, to make it useful as a PC replacement for basic tasks - that's pretty much where the similarities end with the iPad Pro, as the 1.3GHz quad core chipset and 1GB of RAM are going to creak under pressure.

While Alcatel has loaded its new entry level tablets - the Alcatel 1T 7 and Alcatel 1T 10 with Android 8.1 Oreo, the Alcatel 5 runs Android Nougat. Under the hood, there's a quad-core processor packed with up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There's also a FaceID-style facial recognition unlock feature this time around, called Face Key. It's got cameras, but they're probably not worth a ton since they weigh in at 8MP on the rear and 5MP on the front.

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. Internal storage comes in at 16GB, though it's also expandable to up to 32GB, according to Alcatel. 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.

The Alcatel 1X features a 5.3-inch 960×480 pixel display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Android Go is nearly the same of the Top, which left only the most basic functions, which allowed to reduce resource consumption to a minimum.

The Alcatel 5 will immediately go up for purchase in select markets in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold.

Every Alcatel 3 Series device features a 3,000mAh battery. Ouch. At least the price is certainly cheap checking in at €100 for a single-SIM variant and €110 for a dual-SIM variant. That comes in a 5.7-inch HD+ 1440×720 IPS panel.

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