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Alcatel Revamps Its Smartphones with Supersized Screens

Alcatel has launched five new smartphones before Mobile World Congress. Most 1X models run Android Go, a stripped-down version of Google's mobile operating system that promises to be lightweight but just as useful as its latest OS.

For starters, the screen isn't full HD, being just 1400 x 720, coming in at 5.7-inches, it also has an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 CPU mated to 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Last up, we have the Alcatel 1 Series in two flavor sounds. In line with the regular Alcatel 3, it boasts a FullView 18:9 display, a fingerprint sensor and Face Key unlock and boasts both a fingerprint sensor and a sleek 2.5D contoured edge glass body. However, one model runs Android Oreo.

Leaving Android Go edition aside, the Alcatel 1X comes in multiple variants, depending on the market: 1 GB or 2 GB of RAM, single-SIM or dual-SIM, fingerprint sensor or no fingerprint sensor, 8 MP camera or 13 MP camera, and even Google Assistant and no Google Assistant.

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In the camera department, the 5's selfie shooter is 12-megapixels, while the front shooter comes in at 13-megapixels. The device does not come with a fingerprint sensor, but that's not very surprising.

The Alcatel 3V will be the mid-range phone in the new lineup, featuring a 6-inch 1080p display, a quad core processor, 16GB to 32GB of expandable storage, and a dual rear camera setup with a main 12MP lens along with a secondary 2MP lens for depth information.

A 3G variant of the Alcatel 1C was also unveiled, the feature phone will retail for €89.99 and feature in metallic blue, black and gold, from April onwards.

Every Alcatel 3 Series device features a 3,000mAh battery. Inside there's a quad-core MediaTek MT8735A processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

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Alcatel's most affordable smartphone of 2018, which they say "breaks the entry-level stigma of bulky design, low quality displays, poor performance and disappointing camera experiences". It is equipped with a 5.3-inch 18:9 display. Powering the device is a quad core MediaTek MT6738 SoC.

Priced at 100 euros (about RM 481) the device is expectedly low end, and despite sporting Android Go, the device is apparently still quite laggy in some instances. The 1T 7 is a 7-inch tablet with 1,024 x 600p IPS display while the 1T 10 features a 10-inch 1,280 x 800p IPS display.

If you're looking for a new tablet that you can toss around the house, Alcatel has lobbed a couple of options your way: the Alcatel 1T 10 and 1T 7.

Puzzling is the fact that only the 3 and 3V are running Android Oreo. The 3X is set to only be available in "select markets" and will sell for $179 Euros (approximately $278 CAD), while the 3V costs 189 Euros (about $293 CAD).

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