Alcatel will start this year's Mobile World Congress with a large number of phones. It is presenting three series of phones today, among which there are a total of five models. All of them are below € 230 (around $ 283 USD); one is the first Android Go phone; And in addition to all that, Alcatel announces two tablets with Android Oreo.
Just a brief introduction to Alcatel: the company is known for making low-end phones, but has tried in recent years to make them stand out a little more, so that people really look for them. That is not true for most of the models presented today, although there are some highlights that are filtered from higher-end phones, such as dual cameras and 18: 9 screens. Alcatel is also introducing a new design language for this scaled phone "Simganic", which I just wanted to tell you because the name is fun.
Here is the summary:
This is the first entry in the new Alcatel 5 Series line, and it is the highest-end phone that the company is announcing today, despite being far from the high-end. It has a 5.7-inch screen, 1440 x 720, an octa-core Media-Tech processor, a USB-C port, Android Oreo, and a face recognition feature, but only one camera. It launches this month for € 229.99.
Alcatel 3, 3X and 3V
These are all phones of similar appearance, with similar specifications, but each one comes in a different size. The 3 has a 5.5-inch 1440 x 720 screen; the 3X has a 5.7-inch screen of 1440 x 720; and the 3V has a 6-inch 2K screen. They all have MediaTek quad-core processors and facial recognition features (although, in all cases, Alcatel does not use anything as elegant, and probably as reliable, as Apple's Face ID). They also all load on Micro USB.
There are some rare distinctions here. The 3X and 3V models have two rear cameras to offer a portrait mode, but the 3 does not. And for some reason, only the 3 and 3V are running Android Oreo, the 3X is in Nougat. Why? I do not know. The price is € 150, € 180 and € 190 for 3, 3X and 3V; they are launched between now and next month.
The first Alcatel device in its new Series 1 phone is 1X, and it's a rare one. Despite being just a phone by name, there are multiple variants of it with some really great distinctions. Most of the 1X models work with Android Go: the simplified Google version of Android optimized for low-end hardware. But a model runs full on Android Oreo. Some models have dual SIM slots, some have a SIM slot. Oh, and for some reason, the selected versions of the phone do not even come with a fingerprint sensor, so you'll have to rely on Alcatel's "Face Key" identification feature. The price is € 100 for the single SIM version and € 110 for the double SIM version when the phone starts in April.
Alcatel 1T 7 and 1T 10
Alcatel will also launch two low-cost tablets with 8.1 Oreo. The 1T 7 and 1T 10 tablets are low-end tablets that run on MediaTek quad-core processors and 1 GB of RAM. Like all previous phones, it has no support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which has been standard for years. That's even more important in a tablet, which is likely to live inside the house and you will notice the absence of faster speeds even more. The main difference between the tablets is their screen: the 7 has a 7-inch screen of 1024 x 600, and the 10 has a 10-inch screen of 1280 x 800. It is supposed to be launched in the spring for € 70 and € 100
Alcatel 1T 7Image: Alcatel
Congratulations for having come so far. As a reward, here is a gallery of beautiful photos of these new phones: