2018 was a crazy year for smartphones. Not only we saw some great and innovative smartphones, but we also saw non-Apple phones crossing the $1000 barrier easily, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. But of course, not everyone wants to shell out the big bucks for smartphones or get the latest flagships. And so, Alcatel revealed two entry-level phones at CES 2019: Alcatel 1X and the Alcatel 1C.
Yes, Alcatel is among the underdogs of the smartphones. They only make entry level or budget phones, and even those are not in as much hype as ones like Huawei, Xiaomi or ZTE. But for those looking for a basic smartphone, these provide great value.
Alcatel 1X Overview
The Alcatel 1X is the better of the two smartphones. It is slimmer, has thin bezels around the screen and the 18:9 aspect ratio, which everyone seems to be after these days. With an anti-slip plastic back, the phone doesn’t have a smooth touch and feel. It is not really a good looking phone, but then again, this costs only $120!
And for that price, it features a 5.5″ display with HD resolution. It features dual cameras: a 13 MP primary sensor with a 2 MP depth sensor. For a budget phone to provide this is also something commendable. The front camera is a 5 MP shooter, and the phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-core MediaTek processor. It has 16 GB of onboard storage but is expandable up to 128 GB via microSD. The phone packs a 3000 mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Alcatel 1X Specifications:
- Display: 5.5-inch screen, HD resolution (1440×720-pixels)
- Rear Camera: Dual, 13 MP lens + 2 MP depth sensor
- Front Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera
- CPU: 1.5 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
- RAM: 2 GB
- Storage:16GB onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB via microSD storage
- Battery: 3,000-mAh
- OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
- Colors: Pebble blue, Pebble black
- Price: $120
Alcatel 1C Overview
The Alcatel 1C is not an appealing phone by any means. It is comparatively thicker and heavier and has wide bezels as well. Also, it only packs a single camera at the back, which is kind of against today’s trends. Also, with a poor resolution of not even an HD, this is the strict definition of an entry-level phone.
It has a plastic back as well but has a criss-cross design for a fresh look. It has a 480p resolution, a single 5 MP camera at the back and a 2 MP front camera. This phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz Spreadtrum processor and has 1 GB RAM. Storage wise, it has 8 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD. The device has only 2000 mAh battery. But for all this, this phone costs only $70.
Alcatel 1C Specifications:
- Display: 5.0″ screen, (960×480-pixels)
- Rear Camera: 5 MP camera
- Front Camera: 2 MP camera
- CPU: 1.3 GHz Spreadtrum processor
- RAM: 1 GB
- Storage:8 GB on-board storage, expandable upto 32 GB via microSD storage
- Battery: 2,000-mAh
- OS: Android Go, 8.0 Oreo
- Colors: Volcano Black, Enamel Blue
- Price: $70