Alcatel 3V evaluation: Modern style with some tradeoffs for $150 Evaluation

Alcatel 3V evaluation: Modern style with some tradeoffs for $150 Evaluation
June 07 09:00 2018 Print This Article

While modern-day flagship smart devices are priced at $800 to $1,000, there are numerous good choices that cost less than $300 Alcatel has one for just $150 that uses modern-day style functions with a couple of tradeoffs in efficiency.

The Alcatel 3V from TCL Interaction was launched a few weeks back and I have actually had among my T-Mobile SIM cards in it as a secondary gadget for more than a week. It’s a strong option, for the rate, however I have the tendency to utilize the high-end designs so was a bit annoyed by the experience.


  • Processor: MediaTek 8735 A quad-core
  • Show: 6 inch 2160 x1080 pixels resolution 18:9 element ratio LCD
  • Os: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16 GB internal with microSD card slot
  • Video Cameras: Back 12 megapixel and 2 megapxiel video cameras. Front 5 megapixel video camera with flash
  • Connection: 802.11 a/b/g/ n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio, GPS
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Measurements: 142 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm and 155 grams

There is no NFC radio so cordless payments through Google Pay will not deal with this gadget. It likewise utilizes the older microUSB requirement port for charging, however it does have a 3.5 mm headset jack.

The Alcatel 3V supports the following bands. GSM: 2/3/5/ 8, UMTS: 1/2/4/ 5, and 4G LTE 1/2/3/ 4/5/7/ 8/12/13/17/28


Years back, $150 phones were total crap. Fortunately, that is not the case and you can really utilize a low-cost phone for achieving the majority of your day-to-day jobs.

Opening the Alcatel 3V box exposed it was clear we have actually come a long methods when it concerns low expense Android smart devices, however turning it on and utilizing it exposed there is still a bit additional to go.

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The phone huges (about the very same measurements as the Note 8), however that is to be anticipated for a phone with a 6-inch display screen. It has good curved matte surface edges that shift from the front glass and into a curved back. It is likewise not too heavy, however likewise not so light that it feels low-cost in the hand.

Among the very first things I observed when Alcatel revealed its brand-new gadgets at MWC was the relocation for each of the 5, 3, and 1 series to have 18:9 display screens. TCL Interaction makes the LCD panel and it looks fantastic with a strong 1080 p resolution. There is no notch, however the bezels are not too big at all and really advise me a great deal of exactly what I see on the HTC U12 Plus.

Sensing units, the front-facing video camera, and headset speaker are discovered above the display screen. A basic 3.5 mm headset jack is placed on the left side of the top. A mono speaker and microUSB port are discovered on the bottom. A long volume button is on the left side while the power button and SIM/microSD card lie on the right.

The double video cameras are stacked vertically about a quarter of the method below the center of the top on the back. A flash is simply to the right of the video cameras. The rear finger print scanner is focused listed below the video cameras and above the Alcatel label.

The finger print scanner works rapidly to open the phone, however is not as lightning quickly as we see on Huawei and other phones.

The video camera takes good images and the 2 megapixel secondary one exists simply to assist with event depth information. Picture mode shots can not match the quality of the current Androids and iPhone X so it will not be misinterpreted for a DSLR, however for social shots it is great.

Software Application

The Alcatel 3V presently runs Android 8.0 Oreo and this eval system has the 5 April 2018 Android security upgrade set up. It is a really stock Android experience, without the Google news feed house screen panel.

Aside from the stock Google apps you would anticipate to see, Alcatel has actually set up an image gallery, Mobisystems OfficeSuite, a sound recorder, and the SwiftKey keyboard. I personally choose that Android makers include an image gallery app as I discover they offer innovative performance, compared with equip Google Photos.

The image gallery app on the Alcatel 3V lets you see your images in day view, month view, collage, and slideshow. I personally take pleasure in producing collages to show individuals because I have the tendency to like my images to narrate and constantly appear to have more going on than exactly what can be caught in a single shot. You can pick as much as 9 images for a collage then select from various design template designs and borders to develop your collage. Images can be dragged and dropped as you want too.

Alcatel likewise has its own video camera app for shooting images with the video cameras. Modes offered consist of vehicle, pano, time-lapse, social, light trace, picture, and night. Social mode lets you shoot and develop collages on the go.

Prices and competitors

There is very little competitors in the $150 market. My sub-$300 collection post reveals the current phones around this rate variety, however it is difficult to beat the Alcatel 3V.

It is offered in black from Amazon with a present arrival date out 2 to 3 weeks.

Daily use experiences and conclusions

In the beginning look individuals will believe you have a mid-level $400 to $500 phone in hand with that big 6-inch 18:9 display screen, double rear video cameras, and durable building and construction. The only apparent indications that you have a cheaper gadget is using microUSB and shiny black plastic on the back panel.

While the hardware is strong, the gadget does have a hard time a bit in the efficiency arena due to the processor and very little quantity of RAM. Tapping on an app icon to introduce an app normally leads to a prompt time out as the app launches. Scrolling is not instant and going up and down long pages of text might frustrate you after a bit. I have not seen apps time out or give up so the efficiency is not errant, however likely simply due to the very little hardware specifications.

The phone takes good images and the 2nd rear video camera lets you record picture images. There are some artifacts in these images and it isn’t really going to challenge the $1,000 iPhone X, however always remember this is a phone that costs less than the insurance coverage on the iPhone X.

I had the ability to quickly go a complete, long day of usage with the Alcatel 3V. This day consisted of searching the web, dealing with e-mail, seeing socials media, and taking some images. I attempted enjoying a Google Play motion picture and it was a great experience with noise out of the mono speaker being relatively basic.

The Alcatel 3V is not going to challenge the $500+ mid-range or flagship market, however Alcatel did a great task in offering an inexpensive option that appears like a phone far more pricey when laid side-by-side. It is a strong extra phone or a very first phone for your kids.

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