The Alcatel 3V is a smartphone with a 6 inch,  2160 x 1080 pixel display, a MediaTek MT8735A quad-core ARM CortexA3 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It’s not a high-end phone by any means, but this budget device has a few premium touches including dual cameras with support for portrait-mode photos, support for face unlock, using the front camera.

First unveiled in February, the Alcatel 3V is coming to America next week. It’s up for pre-order from Amazon for $150. It’ll be available at Best Buy and Walmart in the coming weeks.

The phone has a 3,000 mAh battery, Android 8.0 software, and support for 802.11ac WiFi. It ships with Android 8.0 Oreo and supports AT&T and T-Mobile’s 4G LTE networks.

The front-facing camera has a 5MP image sensor, while the rear cameras include a 12MP primary camera and a 2MP depth-sensing camera.

There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, and a few old-school features (by 2018 standards) including a headphone jack, a microSD card reader, and a micro USB port.

All told, it sounds like a solid option for folks that don’t want to spend more than $150 on a smartphone.

via 9to5Google

 

 

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2 replies on “Alcatel 3V smartphone with 2:1 display, dual cameras coming to America for $150”

  1. loved my alcatel idol 3 ,until alcatel updated it with bloatware.never again.

    1. I also have an Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 and I don’t believe that Alcatel is really entirely to blame for the issue you are talking about. Bloatware has been an issue I have had to deal with a time or two with my phone but the bloatware updates aren’t pushed by Alcatel via a system update, they are just the bloatware apps that Alcatel (or your cellular service provider, in my case Cricket) agreed to put on your phone updating via the Google Play Store. In short Alcatel themselves are not doing this, at least as far as I can tell, they just made deals with shady companies who are more then willing to install several new apps on your phone under the guise of an update to a current app.
      Ultimately it matters little to the end user and I am sure Alcatel is well aware this is happening and that many of their users are unhappy about it but I don’t know that there is too much they can do about it without installing an update that removes the offending apps. This may violate their contract with said offending companies, I don’t know. I also suspect that Alcatel doesn’t really care about these kinds of issues once they already have your money. Alcatel showing they are willing to remove pre-installed apps after the user has already been using the phone for some time may limit the number of developers willing to subsidize the price of your phone by paying to install their bloatware on Alcatel phones. This would mean more expensive phones for the user.
      Again, I don’t know how much of this bloatware Alcatel is to blame for and how much the service provider, if that is where you got your phone from, is to blame for. For all I know most of the bloatware on my phone may have been installed by Cricket, that certainly wouldn’t surprise me.
      Many, but certainly not all, of the pre-installed apps on my phone can be un-installed or deactivated. This has helped limit these issues for me. The biggest offender in my experience is the launcher (Joy Launcher) that they pre-installed on my phone. I found installing another launcher from the Play Store seems to further help alleviate the bloatware problem, I believe by force-deactivating the Joy Launcher.
      I’m not trying to defend Alcatel too much here. As I have said I do believe they are well aware of the frustration this causes many of their customers and they certainly seem complacent about it all. I also think I will steer clear of their phones in the future as I doubt the situation will improve any time soon. But you should be aware that when you buy a phone that is cheaper than the hardware it comes with might suggest, there is usually a valid reason why and you are usually not going to like that reason too much. My advice would be to buy a bloatware free phone directly from the manufacturer next time. The Google Play Edition phones that some manufacturers sell are supposed to be largely free of bloatware. Just expect to pay a bit more or get a bit less capable hardware, a worthy trade-off in my opinion. Good luck with your future phones.

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