- Analysis by KJ David
Although larger than both the Alcatel 3 and 3X, the Alcatel 3V is not a totally better smartphone, seeing that its biggest cons include a mediocre (coming from a phone with 6 inches of screen space) 1.45GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735A processor accompanied by no more than 2GB of RAM -- the 3X, which is considered the middle child of Alcatel's MWC 2018 3-series, comes with 3GB on that front. Rubbing some salt to its wounds is the fact that octa-core smartphones were very popular in this market segment around the time of its debut.
Compared to the 5.7-inch 3X, which lugs 32GB of native memory, the 3V sounds disappointing, coming with only 16GB of inbuilt memory , although it does support up to 128GB of expansion . In charge of its power supply is a 3000mAh battery that promises an above-average 500-hour standby time . Its battery is not entirely about pros, though, since it has an annoyingly-long 4-hour charging time (based on Alcatel's controlled stress tests) that sounds like a major inconvenience, particularly for gamers or those who love binge-watching TV shows on their phones.
Heading over to its screen, the Alcatel 3V's 6-inch 18:9 facade comes with a 2K (more accurately, Full HD 2160 x 1080 resolution , a key upgrade over its siblings' sub-standard 720p-only definitions, although it needs a bigger boost if it wants to join our list of the best phablets on the market. Its large display is complemented by a split-screen function that Alcatel aptly calls Multitask.
Joining its pros and cons is a dual-lens rear camera . It is made up of a 12-megapixel primary camera interpolated (software-enhanced to simulate higher-resolution cams) to 16 megapixels coupled with a 2-megapixel depth camera, the latter enabling real-time bokeh photos and refocusing .
While its rear cam brings to mind some chart-topping photography-first smartphones, however, its 5-megapixel selfie camera that's at least interpolated to 8 megapixels is rather low-key. That said, it does come with its own dedicated LED flash and it carries the phone's Face Key user facial recognition function . Rounding out its pros and cons is a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, a 3D-curved backing with a glossy design , and the Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
So, here's what our specs-driven review reveals: The Alcatel 3V drops the ball in terms of storage and processing components, but that probably makes it a passable choice for users who are eying a wide-screen and photography-driven smartphone that won't break the bank.
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