Video: Hands-On With Alcatel 1, 3, 5 Android Smartphones – MWC 2018


Alcatel is back at MWC 2018, after teasing part of its new 2018 line back at CES just a month ago. Today we’re getting a closer look at five new phones, which all fall into three new series numbers: The Alcatel 1, 3, and 5. All of these new phones sport a new design language, including 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio screens, smaller bezels than previous generations, and a new facial recognition software called Face Key. All of the new phones sport a fingerprint reader too, outside of the entry-level Alcatel 1X, but that doesn’t count the 1X out, as it retails for just €99.

On the highest end you’ll find the Alcatel 5, a phone that retails for €229 and features a 5.7-inch display with tiny bezels around most edges, as well as an octa-core processor inside. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage rounds things out. The camera game on the back outfits a 12-megapixel main sensor with a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth of field (bokeh) style effects. The really big deal is the dual-camera setup on the front, which outfits one 13-megapixel camera with standard angle lens, and a 5-megapixel camera with 120-degree super wide angle lens.

Alcatel is breaking the 3 series up into 3 different sub-models. 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. At the top end is the 3V, which sports a 6-inch 2K resolution screen, with a dual camera setup that’s designed to take portrait mode style shots. The Alcatel 3X, on the other hand, brings the screen size down just a tad, and changes the secondary rear camera out for a 5-megapixel one with a 120-degree wide angle lens for some amazing shots.


Lastly is the Alcatel 1X, which is Alcatel’s first phone to launch with Android 8.0 Oreo Go Edition. This is a big step for both Alcatel and Google as Google works to rebrand its Android One line of devices and overhaul its most entry-level program. Android Go is designed for phones that retail for less and subsequently pack in less power, but aims to keep the experience as fast and fluid as possible. Check out the video below to see them all in action!