Introducing Alcatel 1X, the first Android Go phone

Herbert Rhodes
February 26, 2018

Alcatel has also launched the Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3X and Alcatel 5 smartphone.

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 Alcatel 5 also offers facial recognition for authentication and a programmable fingerprint sensor for quick-launching your most-used apps with the scan of a finger. It measures 152.35 x 71.1 x 8.45 mm and weighs 144 grams.

You might even be disappointed to find out that the Alcatel 5 only has one camera on its back, though it's a serviceable 13 megapixel f/2.0 PDAF shooter. It's got a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera, 5.5-inch 1440×720 display, quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. Why 18:9 instead of 2:1?

The larger tablet is also offered with an optional Bluetooth keyboard and cover, to make it useful as a PC replacement for basic tasks - that's pretty much where the similarities end with the iPad Pro, as the 1.3GHz quad core chipset and 1GB of RAM are going to creak under pressure. Fortunately, the Alcatel 3V is running Android 8.0 Ore out of the box. There's also a FaceID-style facial recognition unlock feature this time around, called Face Key. 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.

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The Alcatel 5 is the top shelf of the brand, packing a 5.7 inch display with no bezel, a premium brushed metallic finish, and dual front facing cameras. It will be available in Metallic Black, Metallic Blue, and Metallic Gold color options. 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 will be running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

The Alcatel 5 is said to be the most expensive phone from the company's lineup at the MQWC 2018. On the front is 5.7-inch HD+ ( 1440 x 720 pixels) IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

The most affordable entry from Alcatel this MWC, the Alcatel 1X isn't just a budget device, but it runs on Android Go, a lite version of Android 8 Oreo that's created to operate on smartphones with 1GB RAM or lesser. The Alcatel 1X with single SIM and dual SIM support will be available in April for Euro 100 and Euro 110 respectively.

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