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Alcatel 3V jumps into the US this month

by Justin Herrick | May 22, 2018May 22, 2018 3:00 pm PST

Get ready for the Alcatel 3V if you’re into entry-level phones. What could turn out being the top pick for budget-conscious consumers is almost available in the United States. The 3V, which includes better-then-expected specifications inside a glass body, will be released next week.

The TCL-owned brand announced the 3V alongside several other mobile devices at CES back in January, and then it brought everything to MWC the following month. So it’s been a long time since we last heard about the 3V. But here we are with one week left until it’s finally available.

Select retailers will begin selling the phone on Tuesday, May 29.

Alcatel’s 3V features 6-inch 2K (2160×1080) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, a MediaTek MT8735A processor, 2GB of memory, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 12MP and 2MP rear cameras, a 5MP front camera, a 3000mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

Those specifications might be light in some areas, but the overall design and its custom-built display are incredible considering the price. Retailers will have the 3V set at $149. In the past, you had to pay around $600 for glass and screen resolution higher than Full HD. The 3V also has facial recognition, a feature not normally found on entry-level or mid-range hardware.

Considering its all-glass design that’s curved, Motorola should keep an eye on the 3V. It seems to be a serious rival to the Moto E5 that launched recently.

Finding the 3V won’t be difficult. The latest budget-friendly product from Alcatel will be sold by Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. If you’re deciding to pick one up, make sure you have wireless service on a GSM network. The Alcatel 3V is fully compatible with networks such as T-Mobile’s and AT&T’s.

Justin Herrick

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