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Alcatel’s 2018 phone lineup packs an 18:9 punch on a budget

There’s no shortage of new phones at MWC 2018, but how many offer an 18:9 display and Android Oreo for as little as £100? Enter Alcatel’s new batch of phones – the Alcatel 5 Series, Alcatel 3 Series and Alcatel 1 Series.

While the Galaxy S9 might be grabbing all the headlines, TCL-owned Alcatel has quietly revealed some of MWC’s most interesting phones, with new flagship the Alcatel 5 Series joined by one of the world’s first Android Go phones, the Alcatel 1 Series.

Both feature one of the most coveted phone features, an 18:9 aspect ratio screen – as do the Alcatel 3 Series phones, which sits in between the two.

The Alcatel 5 is a 5.7-inch device offered in black and gold flavours with pricing set for €229.99, while the 3 Series is comprised of a trio of handsets starting from €149.99 – the 5.5-inch Alcatel 3, 5.7-inch Alcatel( 3X pictured), and 6-inch Alcatel 3V – that also get a shiny blue finish. It looked a little garish to our eye when we got a sneak peak at the phones in Barcelona, but you might think it’s rather jazzy.

Both devices are available to purchase in select European markets right away.

Completing the Alcatel 2018 phone lineup is the 1 Series (below), which offers an 18:9 display at under €100 as well as boasting a 16-megapixel primary camera and the new Android Oreo ‘Go’ edition. It arguably felt the best of the phones to hold, with its brushed, soft touch back reminding of Moto G series devices.

This will sell for €99.99 when it goes on sale in April, with UK-specific pricing still to be confirmed.

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