- Analysis by KJ David
Alcatel's first take at a smartphone that runs on Android Go -- a lighter version of Android 8.1 Oreo -- is the Alcatel 1X, a starter-class smartphone whose cons include no more than 1GB of RAM , reminding us of some senior-friendly non-smartphones, and a MediaTek MTK6739 quad-core processor clocked at 1.28GHz . Accompanying those hardware components is an IMG 8XE (1PPC) graphics engine running at 450MHz.
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Compared to a lot of older entry-level smartphones, the 1X claims to be speedier, since its Android Go ecosystem features slimmed-down versions of core Google applications and is specifically tailored to models with its kind of modest hardware specs. This also complements its 2460mAh battery, which boasts reassuring self-attributed scores, such as a 26-hour maximum talk time (1560 minutes) and an almost-23-day standby time .
Android Go's fundamentals-only approach also makes it a solid choice for newbies who are very cautious about storage and data consumption. Incidentally, the Alcatel 1X is equipped with 16GB of native memory that's twice the usual storage cap offered by most of its entry-level rivals as well as a 4G LTE network adapter , which was still a significant facet in the entry-level market segment as we were reviewing its pros and cons (Check out the newest 4G phones here).
When it comes to imaging, the 1X packs a couple of relatively favorable cameras, at least as far as low-end norms as of its MWC 2018 debut are concerned. At the back, it touts an 8-megapixel camera interpolated (enhanced using software) to 13 megapixels , while a 5-megapixel selfie cam interpolated to 8 megapixels sits right above its screen. Both its cameras come with dedicated LED flashes, as well as social-ready features like Photo Booth, Instant Collage, and Social Square.
Covering the forenamed pros and cons is the 1X's 5.3-inch screen, which boasts a rarely-seen (in the low-end market) wide 18:9 aspect ratio , but is spoiled by a disappointing FWVGA+ (960 x 480) resolution . It is topped off by a metal-brushed design , with Dark Grey Suede and Dark Blue Suede as its color options.
All said, the Alcatel 1X is an Android Go smartphone that caters to newbies who are circumspect when it comes to app storage, data consumption, and battery life.
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