- Analysis by KJ David
The Alcatel 3 is the smallest 3-series model that came out of Alcatel during the MWC 2018, fitted with a screen that measures 5.5 inches, whereas its 3X and 3V siblings have facades that extend to 5.7 and 6 inches correspondingly. Just like its 3X sibling, its display suffers from a 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution only , nailing it to the budget-class smartphone category, despite its expansive (compared to the prominent 16:9 screen setup of its time) 18:9 aspect ratio , which we have observed on some of the best phablets as of its announcement.
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The plain Alcatel 3 is also the least-appealing variant when it comes to processing, running on an entry-level 1.28GHz MediaTek MT6739 quad-core processor with only 2GB of RAM -- the 3X comes with a 3GB-RAM variant, while the 3V uses an engine clocked at 1.45GHz. Having said that, those cons could work to the Alcatel 3's advantage, seeing that it relies on a 3000mAh battery power similar to those of its larger siblings, which means that it comes with the same amount of raw power, but with a smaller display and a less-demanding chipset.
Although it won't be joining our list of big-battery phones any time soon, some of its battery's self-attribute scores sound tolerable to us. These include a 25-hour 2G talk time (1500 minutes) that was over 80 percent higher than the average as we were reviewing its pros and cons as well as a 460-hour 2G standby time . Its battery charging time, which is a little under 4 hours (231 minutes) is an off-putting drawback, though, especially for users who are always on the go.
Its other pros include a 13-megapixel primary camera software-enhanced (aka interpolated) to 16 megapixels rigged with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a Full HD (1080p) maximum video-recording resolution. On the other hand, its 5-megapixel fixed-focus selfie cam (interpolated to 8 megapixels) sounds dull, but it does enable Face Key , Alcatel's take on user facial authentication.
Joining the Alcatel 3's pros and cons is a passable 16GB internal memory that can be expanded by a maximum of 128GB -- some of its middle-class competitors settle for 64GB-only top-up storage caps. Additionally, it is equipped with a standard fingerprint detector, while a 1W speaker and an AW8737 audio amplifier lead the audio department.
Coated with a high-gloss finish, the Alcatel 3's specs cater to power-cautious users looking for a budget middle-class Android.
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