TCL is ready to unleash its newest entry-level device in the United States. The Alcatel 1X, which debuted nearly six months ago, has a release date on the calendar scheduled for early June.
Alcatel’s always been the sub-brand to push mainstream features in an affordable package. Aside from having a suede finish on the outside, TCL stretched the Alcatel 1X’s screen to achieve an 18:9 aspect ratio. Until recently, we’ve seen the 18:9 aspect ratio kept to premium products. So there’s some praise to be given as the Alcatel 1X is far from the high-end segment of the market.
It also features a 5.3-inch FWVGA (960×480) display, a MediaTek MT6739, 1GB of memory, 16MP of storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 2460mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 8.0 Oreo.
That may seem entry-level to the max, but TCL did something brilliant to optimize performance.
Android Go is on the Alcatel 1X. Rather than having a full-blown build of Android made for devices with cutting-edge components, the phone ships with a build watered-down to master the basics.
The Alcatel 1X runs Android, but the entire experience is made for its limited amounts of memory and storage.
Google and third-party app developers recreated simplified versions of their apps specifically for Android Go devices like the Alcatel 1X. Everything from Google Assistant to Google Maps to Facebook is ready to run smoothly on this phone. While intense apps are a no-no, the apps with slimmer counterparts should get you through day-to-day activities easily.
The release date is set for the first week of June, presumably on Monday. TCL will sell the Alcatel 1X exclusively through Amazon; therefore, don’t go looking for it anywhere else yet. The online retailer will have TCL and Alcatel’s budget-friendly phone available for just $99.
Considering the involvement of Android Go, you shouldn’t be worried about the Alcatel 1X being a piece of junk. The Alcatel 1X should actually stand out as the best ultra-affordable phone in the world.