Alcatel MWC 2018 Hands-On

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The middle ground of the new lineups includes three phones: the 3, 3X, and 3V, which differ primarily on the size of their display.

Priced at 100 euros (about RM 481) the device is expectedly low end, and despite sporting Android Go, the device is apparently still quite laggy in some instances.

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.

Alcatel's most affordable smartphone of 2018, which they say "breaks the entry-level stigma of bulky design, low quality displays, poor performance and disappointing camera experiences". It has a 5-megapixel rear camera sensor and a 2-megapixel front camera sensor. The Alcatel 3V is equipped with a 6-inch IPS display, MediaTek MT8735A processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB expandable internal storage, dual 12MP and 8MP rear cameras powered by a 3000mAh battery. As for the tablets, Alcatel has launched its 1T 10 and Alcatel 1T 7 tablets, both powered by Android 8.1 Oreo.

The handset comes in two variants: either 32GB of internal storage with 3GB of RAM or 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. In addition, The Verge also reports that some models of the 1X will reportedly come with Alcatel's "Face Key" facial recognition technology instead of a fingerprint sensor, which you shouldn't expect it to work as sophisticated as Apple's Face ID. The biggest differences between all of these models are the screen sizes and camera configurations, and retails for between €149 and €189, depending on which model you choose. Up front, there are also dual-cameras. An even cheaper version, the 1C, is a 3G variant in the 1 series lineup and will be available from April in Metal Black, Blue, and Gold for €89.99 (approx $110).

The Android Oreo-based Alcatel 1T 7, on the other hand, has a 7-inch TFT display with 1024x600 pixels resolution. It runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The device's battery measures in at 3,000mAh. Never mind that the display resolution is nothing to write home about at 960 x 480 pixels which should look really pixelated on the 5.3-inch "VGA+" display panel.

This is the first smartphone in the Alcatel 5 Series that was launched today and it is the most expensive phone announced by the company at MWC today. A powerful 2460mAh battery supplies the required power. Price details are expected to be available locally.