TCL’s approach to smartphone manufacturing is creating lots of confusion. The company just announced Alcatel 3L, 1S, 1V, and 1B, even though they has manufactured all of these model numbers in the past except the Alcatel 1B. However, they are all new phones even though they reuse the names of the company’s old models.
Alcatel 3L Features
The Alcatel 3L, like its name suggests, is the most “high end” device among the four. Its key highlight is a triple camera, headlined by the 48MP Samsung GM1 Quad Bayer sensor behind an f/1.8 lens. The phone also has a 5MP 115-degree ultrawide F/2.2 snapper and a 2MP F/2.4 macro one.
The Alcatel 3L also has a 6.22 inch IPS HD+ 19:9 display, which the company refers to as “Vast display”. The phone runs on Android 10 on a MediaTek MT6762 chipset with an octa-core CPU. It comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery.
Alcatel 3L Price and Availability
The Alcatel 3L price is $155, and it will be available in the first quarter of 2020 in Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa. The available colour options are – Dark Chrome, Chameleon Blue, and Agate Green.
Alcatel 1S Features
The Alcatel 1S also has a triple camera setup. Instead of the fancy 48MP camera, the phone packs a 13MP f/1.8 snapper plus a 5MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 macro unit.
The Alcatel 1S has the same 6.22 inch 720 x 1520 pixel display as the Alcatel 3L, and an identical 4000mAh battery. The chipset gets a slight downgrade to a MediaTek MT6762D and memory is reduced to 3GB RAM plus 32GB of expandable storage.
Alcatel 1S Price and Availability
The Alcatel 1S price is $110, and it will be available in selected markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa. The colour options are Power Grey and Agate Green.
Alcatel 1V Features
The Alcatel 1V is the third smartphone on the lineup to share roughly the same body. It has a bit thicker display, though it houses the same 4000mAh battery. Downgrades for the 1V include one less rear camera, so you only get the 13MP and the 5MP ultrawide units.
Chipset is the same as the 1S – MT6762D, but memory is 2GB RAM plus 32GB expandable storage.
Alcatel 1V Price and Availability
The Alcatel 1V price is $88, and it will be available in selected markets in Latin America, Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Africa in the first quarter of 2020. The colour options you will get are Pine Green and Prime Black.
Alcatel 1B Features
The Alcatel 1B is last, but not the least on the lineup. It is the only phone among the four that looks different enough to be easily distinguishable. It features a 5.5-inch 720 x 1440 pixel display and noticeably wider top and bottom chins to fill the extra space in its 146.1 x 71.6 x 9.9mm body.
Under the hood you get 3000mAh battery, a quad-core CPU on a QM215 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.
Those four cores shouldn’t be much of a worry, though, since the Alcatel 1B is and Android Go phone, running the latest lightweight Android 10 Go edition, out of the box.
Alcatel 1B Price and Availability
The Alcatel 1B price is $66, and it will be available in selected markets in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, and Africa in the first quarter of 2020. The available colour options are Prime Black and Pine Green.