Six Alcatel Android Smartphones Leak, Releasing In 2018

A render depicting half a dozen Android smartphones from Alcatel appeared online earlier this week, having been unveiled by known industry insider Evan Blass. The image that can be seen above supposedly shows devices set to be released in 2018, with the source specifically stating that this isn't the company's entire mobile lineup for next year and is only the "top-tier" one meant to serve as a series of offerings equivalent to Alcatel Mobile's Idol-branded handsets.

The leaked devices include the Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3X, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3C, and the Alcatel 1X. While the leaked render isn't of the high-resolution variety, it's clear enough to show some basic features of the handsets, suggesting that the Alcatel 5 will feature a minimal bottom bezel and a regularly sized top one, with the latter accommodating what appear to be two front-facing cameras accompanied by a dual-LED flash unit. The back panel of the same device seemingly features a single camera situated above another equivalent flash and a circular fingerprint scanner, with the most notable characteristic of the Alcatel 5 being a screen that seems to slightly curve around the long edges of the handset. The display panel also appears to be taller than a regular widescreen one and presumably boasts an aspect ratio of 18:9, i.e. 2:1. The Alcatel 3 and Alcatel 1X will adopt the same image format, whereas the other three leaked Android phones will feature conventional 16:9 screens, according to the leak.

The Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 3X will apparently be the company's main dual-camera offerings in 2018, with all other devices shown in the image featuring only a single sensor on their back plates. The handsets will presumably run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, enhanced with the firm's proprietary software. No concrete hardware specifications or availability details have been provided by the source, with Alcatel having two clear opportunities to officially announce at least some of the newly uncovered smartphones in the first quarter of 2018; the first one comes in mid-January when Consumer Electronics Show is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, whereas the second one will be in late February when Mobile World Congress starts in Barcelona, Spain.

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