The Alcatel 3, 3L, and 1S are all priced under the £200 mark and could be good bargain alternatives to the recently-launched Moto G7 range.
The Alcatel 3 is the most powerful phone of the bunch, boasting a 5.9-inch HD+ (1600×900) resolution screen, with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, a dual-lens main camera with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors, which will let you apply psuedo bokeh effects to pictures, and an 8-megapixel front camera for selfies.
It’s powered by an unnamed eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU and will be available in 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage versions, both with microSD slots for extra room – these will be priced around €159 and €189 respectively in Europe, which converts to £138 and £165 based on current rates.
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The Alcatel 3L features many of the same specs – same display size and resolution, same camera set-up. Running the show is a quad-core Snapdragon, so performance won’t be quite as good, and keeping everything running throughout the day is a 3500mAh battery. The 3L will run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box but an upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie is due to land mid-2019. Priced at €139 (converting to a very reasonable-sounding £120 based on current rates), the Alcatel could end up being a surprise hit.
Even more friendly on the wallet is the Alcatel 1S range, which will start at €109 (converting to £95 currently). This features a smaller display (5.5-inches), but will feature the same resolution (1600×900) and a more common 18:9 aspect ratio – so the screen benefits from higher pixel density right away.
The Alcatel 1S’s main camera features a dual-lens set-up, but with smaller sensors – 13 and 2-megapixels. Storage-wise, there’s 32GB, which you can bulk up with a microSD card, and 3GB of RAM.
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