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MWC 2018: Alcatel Announces 5 New Budget Phones With 18:9 Displays, Facial Unlock And Budget Price Tags

The company also has a budget-friendly Android Oreo (Go Edition) phone

As promised TCL-owned Alcatel has officially unveiled their complete mobile phone lineup today a two days before MWC officially begins. The new phones are aimed at delivering the maximum bang for your buck without ravaging your wallet.

Alcatel 5

We’ve already talked about the Alcatel 5 back in CES, but the device bears repeating. The phone is the flagship of the brand yet still packs an affordable price tag of €229.99 or Php 14.6K. Specs include a really excellent screen-to-body ratio, with the 5.7-inch 18:9 panel possesing really thin side and bottom bezels. The display is only HD though, at 720 x 1440.

It’s powered by a MediaTeK 6750 octa-core processor running at 1.5GHz, and comes in two versions: 2GB/16GB and a 3GB/32GB variant. The phone sports a single camera module in the rear that’s pegged at 16-megapixels, while the front camera is a dual-cam deal with a 13-megapixel main shooter paired with a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens for group shots.

A 3000mAh battery keeps the lights on, and disappointingly the phone comes with Android Nougat (really Alcatel?) out of the box.

Alcatel 3V

Surprisingly enough, the Alcatel 3V looks like it has a better, sharper screen than its more expensive brother. The 3V has a 6-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio panel with full HD+ resolution. The 3V is powerd by MediaTek’s MT8735A processor running at 1.4GHz, 2GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

A 16-megapixel rear camera is paired with a 12-megapixel shooter, while the front facing camera comes in at 5-megapixels. The phone has Android Oreo, 3,000mAh battery and comes with a €189.99 (Php 12.1K) price tag.

Alcatel 3X

The Alcatel 3X has a slightly smaller 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display than the other entry in the Alcatel 3 lineup, and has its resolution downgraded to just HD+ (720 x 1440). Inside runs a MediaTek 6739 processor, with two possible combinations of RAM and storage: 2GB/16GB or 3GB/32GB.

The rear camera is a 13-megapixel deal paired with a 5-megapixel wide-angle lens, while the front camera is a 5-megapixel unit for selfies. Like the top-tier model, the Alcatel 3X has Android Nougat inside, along with a 3,000mAh battery and a face unlock feature. It’s set to retail at 179.99, or Php 11.4K.

Alcatel 3

The specs and price drop a few notches with the Alcatel 3, as the phone sports a 5.5-inch 18:9 panel with a resolution of just HD+, powered by a MediaTek MT 6739 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

A 13-megapixel rear camera graces the rear, while the 5-megapixel front snapper also pulls double duty to enable Alcatel’s Face Key facial unlocking feature. A 3,000mAh battery keeps the lights on, along with Android Oreo.

The phone retails for €149.99 or Php 9.5K in our currency.

Alcatel 1X

Alcatel’s 1X might be the runt of the litter, but its limited specs is made better by the inclusion of Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) inside. Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) is specically tailored to make the most out of limited hardware, though the internals of the Alcatel 1X are respectable, for a budget phone: 1.28GHz MediaTek 6739 processor with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of expandable storage.

An 8-megapixel camera graces the rear, while the front of the phone holds the 5-megapixel selfie camera. The display of the 1X isn’t that great, with a 19:8 aspect ratio, 5.3-inch display with a 480×960 resolution.

The Alcatel 1X is priced at €100, or Php 6.3K.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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