- Analysis by KJ David
The Alcatel 3 2019 is a fresher-looking follow-up to the 2018 Alcatel 3 that still stays within middle-class bounds when it comes to technical pros and cons. Its biggest downsides come from the hardware department, in the form of a 1.8GHz octa-core processor that won't be plugging it into Phonerated's list of the best eight-core phones any time soon -- we expected at least a 2GHz peak speed from a 2019 mid-end contender. It also offers a rather modest 3GB RAM and only 32GB of native memory , the latter at least extendable by up to 128GB.
Its pros, on the other hand, are led by a dual camera that enables hardware-level bokeh effects for portrait shots and post-shot refocusing. It consists of a 13-megapixel main lens interpolated (enhanced using software) to 16 megapixels and a 5-megapixel depth-of-field lens. Its dual-lens system also makes the 3 2019 a relatively cheap ticket into AI-aided imaging and custom AR applications.
Up front, this budget-tier Alcatel model touts a spacious 5.9-inch 19.5:9 IPS Super Full View display that brings to mind some of the best large-screen smartphones of its time, although its 1560 x 720 definition pins it to a budget-tier shelf spot. Right above its screen is a so-so 8-megapixel fixed-focus selfie cam that's interpolated to 13 megapixels, with micro-video and face beautification among its key features.
On power duties is a 3500mAh battery that charges up sluggishly, at 252 minutes , compared to some other cells with roughly-similar capacities. That con is brushed aside by its promising stress test scores, though, which include a 50-hour 2G talk time that was over 250 percent higher than the average mark as of this specs-based review and a 900-hour maximum standby time . Get to know some full-fledged high-stamina phones here.
Also on board is the combination of a fingerprint scanner and Face Key. Its pros and cons are sandwiched between a 2.5D Dragontrail display cover glass and a gradient finish of either Black-Blue or Blue-Purple.
All said, Alcatel's 3 2019 is a solid option for those eying a high-stamina mid-ranger with some flair on the design aspect.
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