We’re getting our first look at Alcatel’s 2018 lineup of phones

Even though it may not be the most well-known brand in the world, Alcatel makes some pretty good smartphones. The Idol 3 and Idol 4S were very compelling budget options in their time. This year’s Idol 5S was a bit of a letdown due to a spec downgrade, but it proved that Alcatel can still make great hardware.

So, what does the future hold? If a new leak is accurate, Alcatel plans a plethora of new phones in 2018. In a tweet from Evan Blass, we’re getting a look at six new devices. According to the image, Alcatel will brand its devices in three categories this year: 1, 3, and 5.

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The Alcatel 5 looks to be the flagship of the bunch. It has minimal side and bottom bezels and opts for a large forehead. We’ve seen phones with small bezels on three sides before, but they generally opt for a large chin like the Xiaomi Mi MIX. It seems that Alcatel is taking the opposite route here and keeping the earpiece, camera, and sensors on the top of the phone.

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The four different Alcatel 3 models include the 3v, 3x, 3, and 3c. We don’t have the specs for the devices yet, so all bets are off as to their prices. The 3v, 3x, and 3 all have rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, while it appears that only the 3v and 3x have dual-camera setups. It looks like the 3c will be the device tasked with bridging the gap between the mid-tier 3 series and the budget 1 series.

Juch like the rest of the devices, we don’t have any specs for the Alcatel 1x. We can tell that it doesn’t have a visible fingerprint scanner and only a single camera on the rear of the phone. It also looks to have a little cheaper build quality with just a plastic backing.

If we’re seeing leaks of these devices now, that means they’re probably going to be announced sometime in the next couple of months. CES kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 7, and Alcatel has been known to show off devices at the trade show in the past.

Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3v, and More Revealed in Leaked Renders

Nokia-owned Alcatel has pivoted strategies more than once in recent years. Early 2016 saw it drop the OneTouch surname, and in 2017, it licensed its device designs and software to China-based company TCL. Now, a new leak suggests another change is coming down the pipeline: Alcatel might replace its popular Idol series of smartphones with Alcatel-branded alternatives.

A collection of renders published by Evan Blass reveal what six of Alcatel’s upcoming smartphones might look like. The new devices are reportedly slated for a 2018 launch.
Alcatel 1X Alcatel 3 Alcatel 3C

The Alcatel 1X looks like a low-end or possibly midrange device. The Alcatel 3 has a glossy back finish and a fingerprint scanner, and the Alcatel 3C sports curved back edges, a fingerprint scanner, and what looks to be a rear-mounted speaker.

Alcatel 3V Alcatel 3X

The Alcatel 3V, one of the high-end devices in Alcatel’s new lineup, has a glossy cover like the standard Alcatel 3, but also a dual rear-camera setup. (It looks to be a more premium version of the existing Alcatel 3C, which has a similar finish but also two rear cameras.) Finally, the Alcatel 5 — likely the flagship of the new series — has a metal build and a large single rear camera.

We don’t have details on the phones’ pricing or specs yet, sadly. But if the leak is any indication, Alcatel fans have something to look forward to next year.

Source: @evleaks

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Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket Wireless launches October 27 for $199

The Alcatel Idol 5 made its international debut recently, and now prepaid wireless carrier Cricket Wireless is gearing up to launch the handset in the US.

Cricket announced today that it will begin selling the Alcatel Idol 5 on October 27 for $199. For that price, owners will get an Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone which features a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display. There’s an octa-core Helio P20 processor under the hood, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage, and the Idol 5 has a microSD card slot for expandable storage as well.

Around back, there’s a 12-megapixel camera which features phase detection autofocus, and around front there’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Idol 5 also has dual front-facing speakers, an FM radio, a USB Type-C port, and the battery measures in at 2850mAh.

There’s also a Now key on the side of the Idol 5 which can be used to launch any app the owner wants, granting quick access to their favorite app.

Also launching on October 27 is the Alcatel UNI360 VR goggles, which are optimized for use with the Idol 5 but will also work with other smartphones that have displays up to six inches. Cricket will sell the Alcatel UNI360 VR goggles for $49.99.

What do you think of the Idol 5?