Introducing Alcatel 1X, the first Android Go phone

Alcatel Revamps Its Smartphones with Supersized Screens

Alcatel's 5 new budget phones: 18:9 screens, special camera features, face unlock, Android Go

Now it appears Alcatel has jumped the gun a bit, and unveiled the world's first Android Go phone alongside a slew of other devices. It's unclear when these devices will be available in the US or what their pricing will be, though Alcatel has previously said its 5 series of phones will cost less than $300, 3 series phones will be sub-$200 and the 1 series would cost $100. And yes, the Alcatel 5, 3 and 1 Series have a lot more going for them than just ultra-low prices and "FullView" 18:9 displays manufactured by parent company TCL. The Alcatel 3X includes a 5.7-inch 1440×720 pixel display.

The phone's rear camera comes in at 13-megapixels, with the front shooter sporting 5-megapixels. Instant Collage and Photo Booth features capture images in more entertaining ways.

While the Alcatel 5 does not offer a rear dual-lens camera system, the lower-priced 3 series has two such models to choose from. The device does not come with a fingerprint sensor, but that's not very surprising.

The Alcatel 5 will immediately go up for purchase in select markets in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold.

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There are three devices here: the 5 Series, 3 Series, 1 Series.

The model with 2 GB of RAM features Face Key, a camera-based facial recognition feature. The 3V's primary lens is 12 megapixels to the 3X's 13, and the 3V's secondary camera is 2-MP to the 3X's 5-MP. Seriously. If you like most of what the 3V offers but would rather save a smidge and get a wide-angle camera, well, there's the €180 Alcatel 3X. In fact, while the 3 series and 1 series phones will all be launched in the coming weeks and months, you can go out and lay claim to an Alcatel 5 right now. The Alcatel 3V (shown above) is packing a dual rear camera setup with one 12MP sensor and one 2MP sensor, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a 6-inch 2160×1080 screen. That phone will cost €100 to €110, depending on the country. The 1X is an entry-level phone that runs on Google's optimized Android Oreo (Go Edition) for entry-level devices, and specs include a quad-core MediaTek processor paired to 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage and surprisingly, an 18:9 5.3-inch 960 x 480 display, which is definitely something new for its class.

Alcatel is getting MWC 2018 started early with its announcements of a bevy of new Android smartphones.

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