MWC 2018: Alcatel launches an Android Go phone

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On the specifications front, the Alcatel 1X offers a 5.3-inch display, quad-core processor, 1GB/2GB RAM, 16GB expandable internal storage, 13MP/8MP rear camera coupled with a 5MP front camera.

Powering the phone is a MediaTek MT6750 SoC, 2GB/3GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of storage. The company also launched two tablets exclusively designed for kids. It measures 152.35 x 71.1 x 8.45 mm and weighs 144 grams. The device comes with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. More specifically, the Alcatel 5 features a 5.7-inch 1440×720 pixel screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This gave birth to Android Go, technically, "Android Oreo (Go Edition)" and now we have some news about the very first phone that will run Android Go. Under the hood is the 1.5GHz MediaTek MTK6750 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Some models will be without a fingerprint sensor and instead rely on Alcatel's "Face Key" facial recognition software. The Alcatel 3 Series is priced at 149 Euros, which comes to approximately $231 CAD. 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.

The Alcatel 5 will be available in Australia in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold in mid-late 2018.

The main difference between the tablets is their displays: the 7 has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, and the 10 has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display.

Alcatel has given the phone a brushed metal finish on the rear along with a fingerprint scanner and a single camera sensor. There's no mention if it will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

But the Alcatel 3V is the largest and sharpest member of the 2:1 family, with a 6-inch FHD+ panel in tow, while the 5.7-inch HD+ Alcatel 5 has a completely bezel-less chin and dual front-facing camera going for it. Just like the 1x, the phone also includes 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded, though in this case up to 128GB.

The primary option within the company's Alcatel 3 Series of devices. Other features include a 3,000mAh battery, fingerprint reader, and Android Oreo.

For now, though, it's Chinese device maker TCL that is hogging all the attention with its new lineup of budget smartphones that includes, interestingly, the world's first Android Go smartphone, the Alcatel 1X. A powerful 2460mAh battery supplies the required power. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!

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