Three new phones from Alcatel set to debut on February 24

About a month ago, a couple of unannounced devices from Alcatel randomly appeared on Amazon France. The Alcatel 5 and Alcatel 3V were listed for pre-order, but there was no actual spec-sheet to go off of, nor was there any mention of a possible release.

Now, Alcatel has not only confirmed the existence of these devices, but also has announced a third. This new Alcatel lineup will be unveiled at MWC 2018 on February 24th.

Now, Alcatel has not only confirmed the existence of these devices, but also has announced a third. This new Alcatel lineup will be unveiled at MWC 2018 on February 24th.

While the Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 1X look a bit more boring in the design department, the Alcatel 5 is sure to steal the show. The 5 has a unique bezel-less design, save for the very top of the device which houses a huge forehead.

This is a bit reminiscent of Sharp’s Aquos lineup of bezel-less devices, except for the fact that the chin is huge, versus the forehead. Unfortunately, Alcatel stopped short of sharing any specs or other teasers for these devices.

Instead, we’ll have to just wait for a little over a week before MWC 2018 gets underway and the floodgates open, marking the true beginning of the 2018 smartphone year.  Let us know what you think about these devices in the comments below, and if you like the design of the Alcatel 5.

Alcatel 5, 3V and 1X to arrive February 24

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  • The official Alcatel Twitter account revealed three new phones that will arrive on February 24.
  • The Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X are budget-friendly phones with 18:9 displays and fingerprint readers on the back.
  • Details are pretty firm on the Alcatel 5 and 3V, but the 1X is thin for information.

We had a blast at CES 2018 taking the three new Alcatel devices for a spin, but we left with no release dates. Now, straight from the official Alcatel Twitter account, we do: The Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X all will land on February 24.

The three phones will represent the three different pricing and performance tiers Alcatel is going after: the 5 series for the budget flagships, the 3 series for the mid-tier options, and the 1 for the most affordable lineup. As of right now, we don’t have reliable pricing on any of the Alcatel devices coming on the 24, but we speculate that the Alcatel 5 will come in just under $300 and the 3V for just over $200.

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We covered the Alcatel 5 at length in this article, and are pretty confident it will come with a 5.7-inch, IPS LCD in an 18:9 aspect ratio and HD+ 1,440 x 720 resolution. Inside, it will likely have an octa-core MediaTek chipset, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage, expandable via microSD. Outside, there will be a fingerprint scanner, and a single rear camera, most likely with a 12 MP sensor.

Overall, the Alcatel 5 looks like a stunning device at a really low price point.

The 3V, which we talk about a lot here, is expected to have a bigger 6-inch, 2160 x 1080 display. Inside, it’s likely to run on a quad-core MediaTek chip, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage space. On the exterior, expect to find a fingerprint scanner and dual cameras: a 16 MP and 2 MP working in tandem.

With the 1X, we are kind of in the dark. At CES, we held a matte device with a single rear camera, a fingerprint sensor on the back, and a smaller, lower-resolution 18:9 display. As for the hardware and pricing, it’s all speculation at this point, but expect to be in sub-$200 range.

These phones are slated to go on sale two days before Mobile World Congress 2018 officially begins, so we will more than likely see final specs for the three new models before then.

Alcatel 3X Shows Up Online with a 3000mAh Battery and Android 7.1 Nougat

Leaked press renders in late 2017 revealed upcoming Alcatel phones including the Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3C, Alcatel 1X, and Alcatel 3X, and during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Alcatel took the wraps off the Alcatel 1, Alcatel 3, and Alcatel 5 series. Since then, new information about the phones has been hard to come by — of all the rumored Alcatel devices so far, only the Alcatel 5 has leaked in full. But thanks to a combination of materials from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Wi-Fi Alliance, we’ve been able to glean a bit about the hardware and software of the upcoming Alcatel 3X.

According to the FCC documents, the Alcatel 3X will come equipped with a 3,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Wi-Fi Alliance lists the phone’s operating system as “Android 7.1.1 Nougat”.

Source: FCC

Moving on to the FCC’s disassembly photos, we see that the Alcatel 3X has MediaTek’s MT6739V system-on-chip inside it. The MediaTek MT6739V SoC, which was launched in India back in September of last year, has four ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores that can clock up to 1.5GHz.

Digging through documents attached to the FCC filing reveals scans of the Alcatel 3X’s user manual, which includes screenshots of the phone’s app and software UIs.

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Finally, a few images from the FCC show the phone from all angles. Until now, we’d only seen a leaked press render of the Alcatel 3X, which showed a metal chassis, a dual-camera setup on the back, and slim bezels. The FCC’s photos appear to confirm all of it.

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From close-up images and photos from all angles to the screenshots of the UI, there’s no question that we have a much better picture of the Alcatel 3X than before. Here’s hoping we learn more ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017, where Alcatel’s 2018 lineup is expected to be announced in full.

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