Alcatel unveiled the entry-level Alcatel 1X smartphone back in February with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) and a 5.3-inch display. The French smartphone brand is now expanding its budget mobile phone catalogue with the launch of the Alcatel 1 which will be a smaller sibling to the 1X smartphone and will be priced at $89 (approx. Rs 6,100).
The Alcatel 1 will feature a smaller 5-inch 18:9 “FullView” display made by TCL which also happens to be the licensee of the products Alcatel sells. Targeting a lower than 1X priced crowd, the device drops the fingerprint scanner leaving the brushed metallic back of the phone spotless, except for the Alcatel branding.
Powered by a MediaTek MT6739 chipset, the Alcatel 1 comes in a single variant that includes 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, unlike its predecessor. There’s a microSD card for expandable storage and even a headphone jack that many flagships don’t care to put into their devices.
The Alcatel 1 comes with a 5MP rear camera which can click 8MP pictures while the front-facing shooter is a 2MP lens with interpolation to up to 5MP. The company is marketing several camera features like Photo Booth, Instant-Collage, and Social Square as a means to make the camera more functional among other entry-level devices on the market.
The device will run on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo interface but optimised under Android Go initiative to feature lighter versions of Google apps for smoother functionality. While the Google Play would suggest users to go with third party light apps, the phone comes preloaded with Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go and Youtube Go, all of which are designed by Google.
The Alcatel 1 will be available in Metallic Blue, Metallic Gold, and Metallic black colour options ‘in select markets’ starting next month for an asking price of $89 (approx. Rs 6,100).