Alcatel introduced a bunch of new phones at CES 2018 but didn’t tell anyone about the specifications. That’s because TCL, the brand’s parent company, wanted to wait until MWC 2018 for the rest to be announced. Here we are with the biggest trade show in the mobile industry beginning, and details on Alcatel’s 2018 lineup have emerged.
It’s a trio of series comprised of multiple phones serving different segments. The 5 series represents flagship qualities at an affordable price while the 3 series is labeled as “affordable innovation.” With the 1 series, it’s all about maintaining “great technology for everyone” no matter the budget.
On all of them, the new SIMGANIC design language is present. Alcatel also promises 18:9 screens, facial recognition, and quarterly security updates.
Aside from being the strongest, the Alcatel 5 is the most interesting-looking. It has ultra-thin bezels below the display and to the sides. But the top bezel is rather thick. Somehow, though, it comes across as premium and attractive in brushed gold and black colors.
The Alcatel 5 comes with a 5.7-inch (1440×720) ISP LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, a MediaTek MTK6750 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, 13MP and 5MP front-facing cameras, a 3000mAh battery, a USB-C port, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 7.1 Nougat.
When it’s released, the leader of Alcatel’s 2018 lineup should cost around $280.
The Alcatel 3 comes in three different varieties. Between them, the main differences are display size and camera lens quality. All of them, however, have glass-based designs with curves to sit in your hand comfortably. TCL didn’t want to kill the experience by going with cheap plastic and rubber, so it implemented glass and added some shaping.
What you’ll notice is that the display size and resolution go down as you move along this series. There’s the Alcatel 3V, which has a 6-inch (2160×1080) display. Then the Alcatel 3X goes with a 5.7-inch (1440×720) display. And the Alcatel 3 drops to a 5.5-inch (1440×720) display.
The 3 series does like its dual-camera setup, and the Alcatel 3V ships with real-time bokeh and post-shot focus courtesy of 12MP and 2MP cameras on the back. With the Alcatel 3X, you get 13MP and 5MP cameras. The latter is a wide-angle lens fitting more into a frame.
Each member of the 3 series includes a 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash as well. Pricing for these phones ranges from $180 to $230.
The 1 series doesn’t go overboard. It just sticks to the basics. The Alcatel 1X features a 5.3-inch (960×480) display with 18:9 aspect ratio, a MediaTek MTK6580 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 2460mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and the latest version of Android.
It’s actually one of the first Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices. What that means is the phone runs Android but with apps and services that are slimmed down to work on affordable hardware. Included is the entire suite of Google apps, but Google made custom versions that aren’t demanding to run.
If you like the 1 series but need a little more power, there’s the Alcatel 1C. It elevates the display to be bigger and sharper, the processor to be faster, the camera to have a second lens, and the battery to be stronger.
Neither of these two cost more than $140, and they’ll go on sale in select markets in April.