Alcatel Is Releasing An $89 Smartphone

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Budget smartphone manufacturer Alcatel has just announced four new devices for the Australian market, and they're all under $200.

Alcatel purposely doesn't play in the expensive smartphone space, leaving that market for the likes of Apple and Samsung. But the company is pushing to deliver premium functionality and inclusions in phones on the other end of the spectrum. Here's what they look like.

The brand is the first in market to offer 18:9 display at lower price points, and has even built in facial recognition technology.

“There continues to be a need and strong demand for compelling sub-$200 alternatives, with Aussies craving affordable yet well-made, attractive options. We work closely with our parent company TCL to ensure we leverage its manufacturing capabilities that means we can bring immersive entertainment experiences and attractive devices to our smartphone customers through 18:9 displays, improved battery life and enhanced camera quality, all at an affordable price,” said Sam Skontos, VP and Regional Managing Director of South East Asia and Pacific Alcatel Mobile.

The Alcatel 1 Series also features improved connectivity, battery life, enhanced camera quality and more security options. A great first phone for kids, the Alcatel 1X and 1 run on Android GO, which features a built-in data manager meaning there are more ways than ever to stay in control of data usage and spend, as well as Google Play Protect which keeps the device secure. The Alcatel 1C offers a fingerprint scanner.


Alcatel 1C

All models in the 1 series are sub $130 and have been injected with improved connectivity, battery life, camera quality and security options.

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Key Specs:

  • 5.3-inch 18:9 FWVGA+ display
  • 1.3GHz Quad Core
  • Android Nougat OS
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 5MP front/8MP rear cameras
  • 2,460mAh battery
  • 3G

Price: $89


Alcatel 1

Image: Yeah it looks the same as the 1C

Key Specs:

  • 5-inch 18:9 FWVGA+ display
  • 1.28GHz Quad Core
  • Android GO OS
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • Front 2MP/rear 5MP cameras
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • 4G

Price: $99


Alcatel 1X

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  • 5.3-inch 18:9 FWVGA+ display
  • 1.3GHz Quad Core
  • Android GO OS
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 5MP front/8MP rear cameras
  • 2,460mAh battery
  • 4G

Price: $129


Alcatel 3V

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At the upper end of the scale is the 3 series, which is where you're going to find a Face Key and fingerprint sensor.

  • 6-inch 18:9 2K display
  • 1.45GHz Quad Core
  • Android Oreo 8.0 OS
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 5MP front/dual 12MP and 2MP rear cameras
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 4G

We're keen to see how this stacks up against the more expensive brands in market that offer these features.


The new Alcatel range will be available in Australia in August.

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