TCL Announces Alcatel 1 Series, Alcatel 3 Series, and Alcatel 5 Series at CES 2018

It was back in November 2017 when well-known leaker Evan Blass shared press renders of six unannounced TCL-made Alcatel smartphones, and while a few details could be inferred from their rumored names, the hardware specs and prices remained a mystery. Thankfully, TCL filled in a few gaps at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show this week with the unveiling of the Alcatel 1, Alcatel 3, and Alcatel 5 ranges.

The China-based company’s differentiating between the Alcatel series with sequential numbering — the Alcatel 1 series are the cheapest phones of the bunch, and the Alcatel 5 series are the priciest.

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Alcatel 1

Alcatel 1 series phones, which will cost less than $100, will feature compact unibody designs with “premium materials” and grippy back plates. They’ll have 18:9 displays, TCL said, plus features like facial recognition.

Alcatel 3

Alcatel 3 range devices, which will retail for around $200, will have the largest 18:9 screen sizes and resolutions of the new lineups. They’ll also have dual rear cameras and rounded back covers.

Alcatel 5

Alcatel 5 series handsets will start around $300, and sport brushed metal materials, metallic trims, and all the other bells in whistles in Alcatel’s portfolio. Expect facial recognition, 18:9 displays, “cinema-style” viewing experiences, and large batteries that supply a day’s worth of power.

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“As the global smartphone market continues to evolve, we come into a new year recognizing the need to stabilize and transform our Alcatel smartphone portfolio to better serve our customers and meet the opportunities ahead,” said Christian Gatti, Global President Alcatel Business Division and Executive Vice President at TCL. “By modernizing our smartphone designs and being one of the first global manufacturers to offer 18:9 full view displays across the majority of our lineup, we’re able to refocus our efforts at democratizing flagship style features and making these experiences accessible to almost any consumer worldwide.”

TCL didn’t announce pricing or release details, but says it’ll have more information next month at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.


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TCL Brings BlackBerry Motion to the US, Will Launch Two New BlackBerry Phones in 2018

BlackBerry-branded smartphones from Chinese smartphone maker TCL may not be the top choice for every Android enthusiast, but it seems the phones got enough attention to warrant follow-ups.

Last year’s BlackBerry KEYone, which launched at MWC 2017, was an attempt to merge BlackBerry’s security and enterprise strengths with the flexibility and popularity of Android. It’s the first of more to come: At its press conference during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, the company announced that it’ll release “at least two” new smartphones later this year, each of which will have a physical keyboard.

BlackBerry also announced a new Bronze color variant for the BlackBerry KEYone at the event: The Bronze Edition KEYone. It sports a matte bronze look complemented by a textured black back panel, and drops the standard KEYone’s microSD card slot in favor of a second SIM tray for dual-SIM capabilities. That fits in well with the Bronze Edition’s target markets of Europe, Middle East and Asia, but right now, it seems unlikely that the dual-SIM variant will make its way to the US.

TCL gave a Q1 2018 launch window for the Bronze Edition KEYone, but hasn’t released pricing information.

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TCL’s also bringing the previously launched BlackBerry Motion to US shores and pricing it at $449.99. The mid-range smartphone has a 5.5-inch FHD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-chip, 4GB RAM, 32GB of internal storage, water and dust resistance, and the promise of an Android 8.0 Oreo update “later this year”.

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The BlackBerry Motion will be available for purchase starting January 12 at Amazon and BestBuy.com.

What are your thoughts on TCL’s BlackBerry announcements? Are you looking forward to the two new smartphones? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!


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Two new BlackBerry phones coming in 2018 along with expanded BB Motion availability, KEYone Bronze Edition

In addition to new Alcatel phones, the folks at TCL are prepping some new BlackBerry hardware.

TCL said today that it’s got two new BlackBerry smartphones coming in 2018. No details on these devices have been revealed, but TCL does have some news to share about two existing BlackBerry Android phones.

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The BlackBerry Motion is coming to the US on January 12. The GSM unlocked model will be sold by Amazon and Best Buy for $449.99.

Announced last year, the BlackBerry Motion is a full-touch device with a 5.5-inch 1920×1080 display, 12MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual LED flash, and 8MP front camera with wide angle lens. Its body is IP67-rated for dust and water resistance.

Inside that body is an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot if you need even more storage. There’s a 4,000mAh battery powering the whole package, a USB-C port for recharging that battery, and NFC. The Motion comes preloaded with Android 7.1 but will be updated to Android 8.0.

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TCL has also cooked up a limited edition version of the BlackBerry KEYone. The BlackBerry KEYone Bronze Edition features a bronze finish and dual SIM slots. It’ll launch later in Q1 2018 in select markets in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The Blackberry KEYone’s claim to fame is a physical keyboard, which is a feature that we don’t see much of these days. It’s also packed a 4.5-inch 1620×1080 display, 12MP rear camera with PDAF and dual LED flash, 8MP front camera with wide-angle lens, and an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor.

Other features of the KEYone include 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a 3,505mAh battery. There’s also USB-C and NFC in there, and like the Motion, the KEYone comes with Android 7.1 but will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo.

Upcoming Alcatel phones to feature ‘re-imagined product designs’ and 18:9 displays

Some new Alcatel smartphones are coming, and parent company TCL today dropped a teaser of what it’s got in the works.

Alcatel has “a new smartphone philosophy and product portfolio direction,” says TCL. The new devices will feature 18:9 displays and a universal design language across the premium, mid-range, and entry-level lineups.

The Alcatel 5 Series is the premium part in TCL’s Alcatel lineup. They’ll offer flagship-tier features at a cost that’s lower than traditional flagships, TCL has teased. Those features will include 18:9 displays, face unlock, “fantastic imaging”, and a large battery.

Next up is the Alcatel 3 Series, the mid-range devices that blend premium features and affordable price tags. These phones will offer features like dual cameras and large 18:9 displays.

The Alcatel 1 Series is all about affordability. These entry-level phones will offer features like unibody designs with premium materials, 18:9 displays, and face unlocking.

Those are all of the details that TCL is offering right now, so we’ll have to wait until MWC next month to learn more. Stay tuned.

BlackBerry Motion specs: All-touch design, all-day battery

The latest smartphone from BlackBerry has arrived, but are the BlackBerry Motion specs worthy of your attention?

After teasing an all-touch smartphone at IFA, BlackBerry and TCL are back with a solid mid-ranger that will appeal to both the nostalgic crowd and new customers looking for something different. We were hoping to see something more powerful in the processing department, but as it turns out, the BlackBerry Motion specifications are largely in line with the keyboard-equipped KeyOne: a Snapdragon 625 SoC and 4GB of RAM will have to do.

 BlackBerry Motion
Display5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD
1,920 x 1,080 resolution
403 ppi
DragonTrail glass
16:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
2Ghz, 64-bit
GPUAdreno 506
RAM4 GB
Storage32GB
microSD slot - up to 2TB
CamerasRear camera:
12 MP sensor, 1.55 μm pixel size, and f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus

Front camera:
8 MP sensor, 1.12 μm pixel size, and f/2.2 aperture
Audio3.5 mm headphone jack
Battery4,000 mAh non-removable
Quick Charging 3.0
USB Type-C
IP ratingIP67 water and dust resistance
NetworkBBD100-1
LTE Home: B1/ 3/ 7/8/20/26/28/32/38/40/41
LTE Roaming: B2/4/5/12/13/17/19/39

BBD100-2
LTE Home: B2/4/5/7/12/13/17/29/30/66
LTE Roaming: B1/3/8//20/28/38/39/40/41

BBD100-6
LTE Home: B1/ 3/ 7/8/20/26/28/32/38/40/41
LTE Roaming: B2/4/5/12/13/17/19/39
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac
Bluetooth 4.2 LE
NFC
USB Type-C 2.0
SIMDual SIM
Software*/Android 7.1.1 Nougat
ColorsBlack
Dimensions and weight155.7 mm x 75.4 mm x 8.13 mm

No overview of the BlackBerry Motion specs can be complete without a shout-out to the battery. Coupled with the Motion’s other battery-friendly specs, the 4,000 mAh unit should put this device at the top of battery life charts.

What do you think of these specifications? Is the BlackBerry Motion on your short list for a new phone?