Alcatel 3, 3V, and 3X hands-on

Joanna Estrada
February 25, 2018

The Alcatel 1T 7 (above) is the smaller of the duo, packing a 7-inch 1024×600 display along with a quad-core MediaTek MT8321A/D processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 2MP rear and VGA front cameras, and a 2,580mAh battery.

In the camera department, the 5's selfie shooter is 12-megapixels, while the front shooter comes in at 13-megapixels. And unlike the alcatel 5, two of the 3-series phones have dual cameras on their backs. The lineup includes the Alcatel 5, 3X, 3V, 3, 1X and the 1C. It's likely that some of these devices, particularly the Alcatel 5, will make their way to Canada. Finally, RAM amounts to 2GB, says Alcatel. Internal storage comes in at 16GB, though it's also expandable to up to 32GB, according to Alcatel. The 5.3-inch screen has a resolution of 960 x 480 which means you can ditch the bulky phones of the past for a narrow phone that's easier to hold in the hand.

Priced slightly lower than the 3V, the Alcatel 3X sports a 5.7 inch 18:9 aspect ratio IPS display with an HD+ (1440 x 720) screen resolution. It'll be available next month for 149,99 euros and comes in black, blue, and gold.

Stepping up to the Alcatel 3X you'll get a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1,440 x 720. It comes with a MediaTek MT6739 quad-core processor with the same storage options as that of the 5.

As for the camera, no dual-camera setup is present for either side. The phone make do with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. $184), coming in Spectrum Black, Blue, and Gold colors. Google recently promised that we'd see Android Go phones at MWC 2018, and Alcatel is the first one to announce one at the trade show. It comes in either 1 or 2 GB of RAM variants which is questionable for a new phone coming out in 2018, until you realize that they're running Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) - the new version of Google's OS that's optimized to run on devices with less than 1 GB. Strangely, there is no fingerprint sensor, unlike many other phones in the sub-$100 range (like LG's new K series devices). These apps include Google Go, Files Go, Google Maps Go, Youtube Go, and Gmail Go.

This device is aimed at the masses that are first-time smartphone users or users that are looking for low-budget devices. While it undoubtedly can look pristine, it's the kind of finish that quickly attracts fingerprints and smudges - albeit, it's swell to see that a low-priced phone like this can look so good!

For those interested, the phone will be available this April.

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