It looks like Alcatel came to MWC 2018 with a massive arsenal of phones and tablets; promising something for almost every consumer in its product range. The company seemingly kicked off this year with the introduction of not one, but five smartphones, plus two new Android-powered tablets.
As the first device in its new 1 series lineup, the 1X is an oddity in its own; so far, it’s the only model in its range, but it also comes in several variants. One variant supposedly runs on Google’s simplified Android One OS, while another runs Android 8.0 Oreo.
The phone also comes with either a single SIM or dual SIM variant, and weirdly enough, you can opt for a model with a fingerprint sensor, or without. If you opt for the variant without the fingerprint sensor, the phone still utilises Alcatel’s own ‘Face Key’ facial recognition software.
The Alcatel 1X is salted for an April release, with prices set at 100 Euros (~RM481) for the single SIM variant and 110 Euros (~RM530) for the dual SIM variant.
Alcatel 3 Series
Next in line is the Alcatel 3 series, which can be broken down into three phones; the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 3V.
According to sources, all three models run off a quad-core MediaTek processor and come with Alcatel’s ‘Face Key’ facial recognition feature. The differences between the three phones are with their displays; the Alcatel 3 and 3X will have a 5.5″ and 5.7″ display, respectively, although they share the same 1,440 x 720 pixels resolution. The Alcatel 3V will have the largest display at 6″, as well as highest pixel density at 2K.
Both the 3X and 3V will feature dual main cameras in the rear, while the the 3 will only have a single lens array as its main camera. Piling to its list of odd decisions is the choice of software; where the 3 and 3V will run on Android 8.0 Oreo, the 3X will ship out with Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Alcatel 3, 3X, and 3V are expected to be available sometime within next month, and pricing for the phone are set at 150 Euros (~RM722), 180 Euros (~RM867), and 190 Euros (~RM915), respectively.
Technically a successor to last year’s Alcatel A5, the Alcatel 5 is probably the priciest phone of the lot. Despite a pricetag of 229.99 Euros (~RM1,108) at launch, the phone only sports some meagre hardware. It packs a MediaTek processor and only has a 5.7″ display with a resolution of just 1,440 x 720 pixels. Also, This seems to be the only phone of the litter that comes with USB Type-C port.
The Alcatel 5 will also ship out with Android 7.0 Nougat, instead of the Android 8.0 Oreo, along with Alcatel’s ‘Face Key’ recognition software.
Alcatel 1T 7 And 1T 10
Last on the list are Alcatels two tablets; the 1T 7 and 1T 10. Both tablets are designed for the entry-level market, and both share the MediaTek processor and same 1GB RAM allocation. Surprisingly, neither tablet bear support for the 802.11ac WiFi standard, which means that they won’t ever be able to gain access to faster internet speeds.
As their namesakes suggest, both the 1T 7 and 1T 10 will have display sizes of 7″ and 10″ respectively. The resolution on both tablets are also different, the 1T 7’s display rated at 1,024 x 600 pixels, and 1,280 x 800 pixels for the 1T 10. Both tablets are expected to launch during the second half of this year, and will cost 70 Euros (~RM337) and 100 Euros (~RM481) respectively.
It should be pointed out that at the time of writing, Alcatel had yet to mention specifically when, and if any of its new phones and tablets will be coming to Malaysia.