Introducing Alcatel 1X, the first Android Go phone

Introducing Alcatel 1X, the first Android Go phone

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The company added five new smartphones and two tablets to its portfolio. We will revisit the Alcatel 1X tomorrow and hopefully we can bring you some good news about its performance.

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. Under the hood, there's a quad-core processor packed with up to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. For selfies, there is a 13MP + 5MP dual fixed focus cameras that offer up to 120-degree FoV. It will be available in color choices of Spectrum Black, Blue, and Gold.

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. With EUR 150 price tag, the device offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. There's facial recognition for security, but I doubt it works very well. Oh yeah, and the device's battery charges, but it does so over microUSB.

The middle option in the company's new Alcatel 3 family of devices. It will be retailing for Euro 180 and comes with polycarbonate body with metallic painting finish. In line with the regular Alcatel 3, it boasts a FullView 18:9 display, a fingerprint sensor and Face Key unlock and boasts both a fingerprint sensor and a sleek 2.5D contoured edge glass body. It also includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.

Every Alcatel 3 Series device features a 3,000mAh battery.

The Alcatel 5 will be available in Australia in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold in mid-late 2018. Simply put, Alcatel say the device offers "the best in affordable innovation".

Theres also an Alcatel 1C that picks up a metal finish and only ships with 3G radios.

But one model runs full-on 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. Other features include a 3,000mAh battery, fingerprint reader, and Android Oreo. It measures 162 x 76 x 8.05 mm and weighs 155 grams. Considering these specs, it's actually impressive to see Android 8.1 Oreo in the About section of the settings, and it's even more impressive that Oreo Go edition is fully serviceable. It is the liter version of Android OS that is basically designed for smartphones with entry-level specifications. 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.

In the camera department, the 5's selfie shooter is 12-megapixels, while the front shooter comes in at 13-megapixels. It is backed by a 2460mAh battery that is rated to give up to 26 hours of talk time.

  • Terrell Bush