Alcatel launches five smartphones and two Android Oreo tablets at MWC 2018

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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. While Alcatel is known for offering low-priced smartphones in the Western markets, the company also launched a few devices in the Indian market.

For now, though, it's Chinese device maker TCL that is hogging all the attention with its new lineup of budget smartphones that includes, interestingly, the world's first Android Go smartphone, the Alcatel 1X. A 3000 mAh battery is there in the phone that comes with Face Unlock feature.

The top-end device of this bunch is the Alcatel 5, which features a 5.7-inch 1440×720 display, octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor, 2/3GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

The Alcatel 3X offers a smaller 5.7 inch screen with 720p+ resolution, a 3000 mAh battery, dual camera (13+5 MP), 5 MP selfie camera, Android Nougat OS and quad core MT6739 quad core processor. The phone packs 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded.


The middle option in the company's new Alcatel 3 family of devices. Finally, RAM amounts to 2GB, says Alcatel. More specifically, the Alcatel 5 features a 5.7-inch 1440×720 pixel screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Alcatel 3X runs on Nougat while the other two devices in the same segment get the Android Oreo operation.

It is said to be made available immediately in black, blue and gold colours for about Rs 15,000. It also includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

The company also launched two budget tablets running Android Oreo. As seen on the Alcatel 3, the Alcatel 3V also comes with the glossy finish body.

Puzzling is the fact that only the 3 and 3V are running Android Oreo. Up front, there's a dual-camera setup with a combination of 13-megapixel+5-megapixel sensors which is complemented with a front flash. I wouldn't count on that happening since they already command a large share of the market and have things going their way for them to be bothered by geek obsessions like near-stock Android and guaranteed updates but one is allowed to dream, right? This gave birth to Android Go, technically, "Android Oreo (Go Edition)" and now we have some news about the very first phone that will run Android Go. Ouch. At least the price is certainly cheap checking in at €100 for a single-SIM variant and €110 for a dual-SIM variant. It is powered by 1.3GHz MediaTek MTK6580 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. The Alcatel 1T 10 has 16 GB of on-board storage while the 1T 7 offers 8 GB of memory. A powerful 2460mAh battery supplies the required power.

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