Alcatel intros new Android lineup with 18:9 displays, including first Android Oreo (Go edition) phone

By | 24th February 2018
Alcatel 5 official MWC

MWC 2018 doesn't officially kick off for another couple of days, but Alcatel is getting things started early by announcing a slew of new Android devices.

First up is the Alcatel 5 series, which serves as the company's flagship tier. The Alcatel 5 features Android Nougat running on a 5.7-inch 1440x720 display with 18:9 aspect ratio. There's a dual front camera setup above that display with one 13MP sensor and one 5MP sensor, the latter of which has a wide angle lens. Around back there's a 12MP camera with f/2.2 aperture.

Inside the Alcatel 5 lives an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor along with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. A 3,000mAh battery powers the whole package, and there's a fingerprint reader on the back of the Alcatel 5 as well as Face Key face unlock for added security.

Alcatel 3V official MWC

Next up is the Alcatel 3 series, which is made up of three different devices. The Alcatel 3V (shown above) features a 6-inch 2160x1080 display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 5MP front camera, dual rear camera setup with 12MP and 2MP sensors, and a quad-core MediaTek MT8735A processor. Also included is 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 3,000mAh battery, a fingerprint reader, Face Key face unlock, and Android Oreo.

Then there's the Alcatel 3X. It's packing a 5.7-inch 1440x720 display with 18:9 aspect ratio, a dual rear camera setup with a 13MP standard lens and 5MP wide angle lens, and a 5MP front camera. Inside there's a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, 16GB/32GB of storage, a microSD card slot, 2GB/3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, a fingerprint reader, Face Key face unlock, and Android Nougat.

And then there's the standard Alcatel 3. This is the only 3 series model without a dual rear camera setup, as its packing just a 13MP rear camera as well as a 5MP front camera. There's a 5.5-inch 1440x720 display with 18:9 aspect ratio included as well as a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. Alcatel has also included a 3,000mAh battery, fingerprint reader, Face Key face unlock, and Android Oreo.

Alcatel 1X official MWC

Rounding things out is perhaps the most notable member of Alcatel's new smartphone lineup. The Alcatel 1 series includes the Alcatel 1X, which is the first Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone that we've seen. This device features a 5.3-inch 960x480 display, quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, 8MP or 13MP rear camera, and 5MP front camera.

Other features of the Alcatel 1X include 1GB or 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a fingerprint reader on some models, Face Key face unlock, and a 2460mAh battery. It will run Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) out of the box.

When it comes to availability, the Alcatel 5 is already available in select markets for €229 ($281 USD). The Alcatel 3V is also now available in select markets for €189 ($232 USD), the Alcatel 3X will launch in select markets in March for €179 ($220 USD), while the Alcatel 3 will launch in select markets in March for €149 ($183 USD). Finally, the Alcatel 1X will launch in select markets in April at a price of €99 ($121 USD) for the single SIM model and €109 ($134 USD) for the dual SIM variant.