Alcatel 1: The Cheapest Android Go Smartphone Yet?

Alcatel, the popular brand known to make some good entry-level smartphones has introduced another product dubbed as the Alcatel 1. This smartphone leaves behind its predecessor, Alcatel 1x in price. Does it still manage to hold up in terms of daily performance? Let’s find out.

Display and Design

The brand has equipped the Alcatel 1 with a plastic body which feels durable to look at and considering it being an entry level device, it is well justified. On the front, it has a 5-inch display having a resolution of 480 x 960 pixels. Despite the low-resolution display, the phone does makeup with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio, making the phone feel more compliant with 2018 design standards. The offering by Alcatel weighs in at 134 grams and is 9.8mm thick.

Performance and Storage

Underneath its hood, the smartphone is fitted with a MediaTek MT6739 processor ticking at 1.3GHz. The company has also bundled the phone with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. Now, these specifications may seem mediocre, but we must remember that this smartphone is targeted for first-time smartphone users and/or people looking to buy a secondary phone.

Software and Camera

Now despite it being not featuring a decent amount of RAM, not all is bad as the phone runs on Android Go. This operating system is highly optimized for running on a very restricted amount of resources, just like this device. So, although you may not be able to run heavy applications on this phone, most daily usage apps should work just alright. In the camera department, the Alcatel 1 features a 5-megapixel rear facing camera coupled with LED flash. On the front, there is a 2-megapixel selfie camera to aid in video calls and taking not-so-great selfies. Just like most smartphones in its price range, this one doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor. Unlike some other phones in this segment, however, the phone doesn’t come with face unlocking either, so you have to go the conventional PIN/Password/Pattern route to unlock this phone.

Connectivity and Battery

On the connectivity front, the Alcatel 1 offers most conventional solutions including support for Dual SIM dual standby, Cat.4 LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB connector for charging and data transfer. The phone draws its juice from a 2,000mAh battery unit located underneath its hood. Considering that the phone has a low-resolution display and not-so power hungry internals, this battery should hold good for over a day’s use.

The Alcatel 1 was spotted on a Russian e-commerce site confirming its existence. Since the device is going to be priced lower than its sibling, the Alcatel 1X, which sells for $99 (~Rs. 6,744), we can expect a price slightly lower than that. The phone will ship in three colour variants i.eviz. gold, blue, and black.

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