Alcatel 5: an 18:9 phone with hidden intelligence

26 February, 2018, 02:21 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • Alcatel Revamps Its Smartphones with Supersized Screens

At the Mobile World Congress, Alcatel unveiled a bunch of new devices, including mid-range smartphones that are highly interesting given the combination of aesthetics and price point.

It's worth noting that some questions still remain, particularly regarding Canadian pricing and availability. And so it happened: the first was Alcatel 1X, just announced today. We've reached out to Alcatel for additional information.

The Alcatel 1X is the nicer of the two models and is the first budget phone with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

For storing content, the Alcatel 1T 7 has 8GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). There is also a 12MP+2MP rear camera setup.

The CPU has the same amount of cores and clockspeed, and 1GB of RAM... but you're only getting 8GB of onboard storage, which is pretty much useless in this day and age of larger apps. The Alcatel 5 has a 5.7-inch 1,440 x 720 display, is powered by a MediaTek chip, comes with a USB-C port, and runs Android Nougat.

Finally, Alcatel has also launched two new Android tablets running Oreo out of the box.

The phones in question are the Alcatel 3, 3X, 3V, 5T and the 1X, all of which are generally low-priced smartphones that still come with a little bit of premium for the cost-conscious buyer. The Alcatel 1T 10 has a 10.1-inch IPS display with 1280x800 pixels resolution. But it does feature a handful of trimmed down apps like YouTube Go and Assistant Go that don't quite have all the features of their full versions but they do get the job done. As for specs, it has a Quad-Core MediaTek MT8735 alongside 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery. The device comes with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies.

Finally, the Alcatel 1 Series, which features the model 1X. And that boasted 18:9 screen? It sports a 6-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution. The 5 is now available in some markets for €230. While the Alcatel 3X comes powered by the same MediaTek MT6739 as seen on the Alcatel 3, this device still runs on older Android Nougat. Expected to be the king of Alcatel's new lineup, it is hard to give it that title. The one thing the device has going for itself is that the display has a 18:9 aspect ratio, so the bezels on top and bottom are a bit trimmer. Under the hood is the 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK6750 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.



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