AL­CA­TEL CRANK OUT BRAND NEW PHONE RANGE AT MWC

SmartHouse - - MWC 2018 // Alcatel - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

TCL Com­mu­ni­ca­tion who own the Al­ca­tel brand of smart­phones have rolled out their new range of smart­phones at this year’s Mo­bile World Congress in Barcelona and among them are some real bar­gains.

The #3 phone brand in Aus­tralia, Al­ca­tel has in­tro­duced three new se­ries of phones in­clude mod­els that will sell for sub $100, there is also af­ford­able new 5 se­ries that will sell for sub $300.

For those who are think­ing that th­ese mod­els lack new fea­tures, think again, be­cause among the new mod­els are phones with dual cam­eras and 18:9 dis­plays. Al­ca­tel is also in­tro­duc­ing a new de­sign lan­guage for th­ese phones called “Sim­ganic,”.

The new 5 se­ries which is set to be a top seller in Aus­tralia has a 5.7-inch, 1440 x 720 dis­play, an octa-core Me­di­aTek pro­ces­sor, a USB-C port, An­droid Nougat, and a face recog­ni­tion feature, but only a sin­gle cam­era.

In the 3 se­ries there are 3 dif­fer­ent mod­els. The 3 has a 5.5-inch 1440 x 720 dis­play; the 3X has a 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 dis­play; and the 3V has a 6-inch 2K dis­play. They all have quad-core Me­di­aTek pro­ces­sors and fa­cial recog­ni­tion fea­tures (though in all cases, Al­ca­tel isn’t us­ing any­thing as fancy — and likely as re­li­able — as Ap­ple’s Face ID). They also all charge over Mi­cro USB.

The 3X and 3V have dual rear cam­eras for of­fer­ing a por­trait mode, but the 3 doesn’t. And for some rea­son, only the 3 and 3V are run­ning An­droid Oreo — the 3X is on Nougat.

At the bud­get end of the range is the Al­ca­tel 1X, this first de­vice in the all-new 1 Se­ries.

Th­ese mod­els run on An­droid Go — Google’s stripped-down ver­sion of An­droid op­ti­mized for lower-end hard­ware.

But one model runs full-on An­droid Oreo.

Some mod­els have dual SIM slots, some have one SIM slot. Oh, and for some rea­son, se­lect ver­sions of the phone don’t even come with a fin­ger­print sen­sor, so you’ll have to rely on Al­ca­tel’s “Face Key” iden­ti­fi­ca­tion feature.

Al­ca­tel is also launch­ing two in­ex­pen­sive tablets run­ning 8.1 Oreo. The 1T 7 and 1T 10 are both low-end tablets run­ning on quad-core Me­di­aTek pro­ces­sors and 1GB of RAM.

The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the tablets is their dis­plays: the 7 has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 dis­play, and the 10 has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 dis­play. They’re sup­posed to launch in third quar­ter in Aus­tralia via Op­tus.

Al­ca­tel 5.

Al­ca­tel 5 Metal­lic Black.

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