- Analysis by KJ David
Sitting right between the 6-inch 3V and the 5.5-inch Alcatel 3 in terms of specs, the Alcatel 3X's cons include a low-class quad-core 1.28GHz processor , in the form of MediaTek MT6739 chip, which, to tech junkies like us, sounds very problematic for a middle-class smartphone that came out during the 2018 Mobile World Congress, especially since eight-core smartphones were no longer that hard to find in this market segment when it came out. Additionally, it follows the plain Alcatel 3 down the entry-level route by opting for an HD+ (1440 x 720) resolution on its large 5.7-inch display , which obviously belongs nowhere near the definitions boasted by the best phablets on the market. Fortunately, it also takes after its 3-series siblings by adapting the 18:9 aspect ratio , which means that it offers more screen real estate for a smaller form factor versus tantamount models with only 16:9 setups.
For imaging, the 3X banks on a dual rear camera consisting of a 13-megapixel main camera interpolated to 16 megapixels and a 5-megapixel deputy cam interpolated to 8 megapixels . Interpolation is the utilization of software enhancements so its cameras can mimic higher-resolution cams. Like those of some of the best phones for imaging, its dual-lens camera enables background blur adjustment or bokeh effects as well as wide-angle shots of up to 120 degrees . It also comes with electronic image stabilization (EIS) and a dual-tone LED flash.
Perched right above its screen is a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera interpolated to 8 megapixels that does not impress us, although it does carry the phone's Face Key facial recognition system , which leads its security suite alongside the circular fingerprint scanner sitting under its rear cam.
In spite of its aforementioned elementary processor, the Alcatel 3X manages to squeeze a respectable 3GB RAM into its list of pros and cons, which we would take any day over the plain variant's 2GB-only capacity. It is also loaded with 32GB of memory expandable by up to 128GB .
The 3X is powered by a 3000mAh cell similar to those of the 3V and the Alcatel 3. Regrettably, however, its battery has an undesirably-long 4-hour charging time and a 10-hour-only (600 minutes) talk time -- the average 2G talk time when it entered the market was around 800 minutes.
Wrapping up this review of its pros and cons is a metallic-matte finish crowned by some radial detailing , probably to appeal more to its target clientele: mid-level Android shoppers who are willing to work with a low-caliber engine for a taste of dual-lens imaging.
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