The MWC 2018 is not yet started but Alcatel has decided to play in advance and present to users, not one, not two but three new series of smartphones able to occupy different market segments but above all all with two peculiarities that certainly will not go unnoticed by users: the display with form factor 18: 9 and face recognition for the unlocking of devices.
And ‘the smaller, less powerful, less expensive but it certainly has a special feature that others do not have and that could easily capture the interest of the users. We speak clearly of the new Alcatel 1X characterized by a form factor from the minute dimensions with a display from 5:34 inches but also in this case in elongated format 18: 9 with a resolution of 960 × 480 pixels and with onboard 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
But the only GB of RAM is not worrying because on board the new Alcatel 1X owns Android GO, the new platform of Google, able to lighten and much the operating system as well as its applications that therefore can move without any problem even with 1 only GB of RAM. To all this is added a single cam 13MP to the rear and an 8MP to the front all powered by a 2.460 mAh battery and above all at a price of $121 (99 €).
The Alcatel series 3 is definitely richer than the others. In this case, here the company presented the various Alcatel 3, 3X and 3V able to characterize each other for the presence of the FullView display and therefore with the new form factor 18: 9. Not only because here is also the recognition of the face to unlock the device in addition to the presence of a sensor for fingerprints at the rear.
Technically speaking we are talking about a product like the Alcatel 3 with a 5.5-inch display in HD + resolution and IPS technology, but above all with a special glossy back cover. Alcatel 3V opts for a larger display with 6 inches and above all with Full HD resolution + 2160 × 1080 pixels and a dual camera at the rear. Alcatel 3X instead maintains the display at a size of 5.7 inches with IPS technology and dual cameras at the rear wide-angle.
In this case for the price we talk about Alcatel 3 coming up at a price of $183 (149 €), then Alcatel 3V available at a price of $244 (199 €) and Alcatel 3X for the price of $220 (179 €).
Finally, we have the new Alcatel 5 which is without a doubt the “majority” of the company’s news. In this case the device is special for design as it also presents a display with form factor 18: 9 from the size of 5.7 inches and HD + resolution but on one side has a brushed metal body and on the other a display without any physical button and above all with a clean cut in the lower part.
Technically it has 3GB of RAM and an internal storage of 32GB to which are added a double 13MP front camera with LED flash accompanied by an 8MP with a wide-angle lens up to an angle of 120 degrees while in the back there is a single 16MP camera. 3,000 mAh battery and also here sensor for fingerprints at the rear but also the facial recognition for unlocking the device.
A particular terminal this Alcatel 5 that could capture the user’s attention especially for its particular design of the display but also for the price at which it is proposed that is $367 (€ 229).
In addition to smartphones, TCL Communications also introduced the Alcatel 1T series of tablets, including the Alcatel 1T 10-inch and Alcatel 1T 7-inch models. The series runs the latest Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Both tablets are equipped with a children’s mode, and children can use pre-installed apps and content such as games and drawings. At the same time, the children’s model provides a parental control interface for parents to set permissions and access content.
The 1T 7 and 1T 10 are both low-end tablets running on quad-core MediaTek processors and 1GB of RAM. Like all of the phones above, it doesn’t have support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which has has been standard for years now. The Alcatel 1T 10-inch tablet weighs 415 grams and it is equipped with 4000mAh battery. In addition, Alcatel 1T 10 also has 16GB of storage to support the maximum expansion of storage capacity of 128GB, users can also choose a Bluetooth keyboard to turn it into a small laptop.
The main difference between the tablets is their displays: the 7 has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, and the 10 has a 10-inch 1280 x 800 display. Alcatel 1T 7 tablet weighs 245 grams, a thickness of only 9.15 mm, a battery capacity of 2580mAh, standby time up to 430 hours, the use of time up to 7 hours. They’re supposed to launch in the spring for $86.06 (€70) and $122.94 (€100).
At this MWC, TCL Communications also demonstrated real-time 5G soft terminals on the 3.5GHz band. This demo is a key feature of TCL’s 5G based on OpenAirInterface (OAI) open sources software such as Orange, EURECOM, and Creonic with 80MHz bandwidth in the 3.5GHz band. TCL Communications plans to launch the first 5G products in the second half of 2019.
TCL Communications also released Alcatel LINKZONE CAT12 and Alcatel LINKZONE CAT7, LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices. 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi device LINKZONE CAT12 uses 3CA technology to support up to 600Mbps download speed and 100Mbps upload speed.
Equipped with a 4300mAh high-capacity battery, it can operate continuously for 15 hours or 300 hours standby with dual-band Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac enabled and can charge other mobile devices. The Alcatel LINKZONE CAT7 uses 2CA technology, 4G LTE download speeds up to 300Mbps, upload speeds up to 100Mbps. Weight 85 grams, the thickness of only 13.3 mm, battery life up to 8 hours.
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