- Analysis by KJ David
Initially carried by AT&T and Cricket Wireless, the 5-inch Tetra is part of Alcatel's 2018 entry-level Android lineup, destined for the pockets of non-tech-savvy users or those who prefer essentials-only smartphones, at least insofar as its technical pros and cons are concerned. For starters, it runs on a measly 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6739WM processor that at least comes with 2GB of RAM -- some of its contemporaries settle for 1GB RAM counts only. Its RAM notwithstanding, the Tetra's sub-par processor makes it sound like a good venue for the entry-level-friendly Android Go platform, which is offered by models in this Phonerated list of Android Go phones. Instead, it sticks to the stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo.
Its low-key specs also include a low-resolution 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display that comes with a protective Dragontrail Glass cover , which is pitched as a cheaper alternative to the more-conventional (as of this data-based review) Corning Gorilla Glass technology. Another huge con is the fact that it comes with no more than 2050mAh of battery power , whereas, in comparison, a lot of competing 2018 entry-level smartphones at least reach the 2500mAh threshold.
The rest of the Alcatel Tetra's pros and cons include a modest 5-megapixel HD-video-capable (720p) primary camera accompanied by a standard LED flash and HDR, while an even more mediocre 2-megapixel-only fixed-focus camera coupled with a screen flash function sits atop its display. Although its imaging features won't put it alongside the best camera phones on the market, pros like Instant Collage and Social Square at least spruce up this entry-level contender.
Speaking of spicing up its modest offering, the Tetra dons a twill-textured backing , which Alcatel says sets it apart from most other models of its caliber and provides a better grip than typical polycarbonate exteriors. The 128GB microSD card slot accompanying its 16GB internal memory sounds respectable as well, at least within the Tetra's price group -- its retail price was pegged at 50 dollars at the time of writing.
Wrapping things up for the Tetra is a Stealth Black coating, a 4G LTE network reach (Check out some of the newest 4G-capable phones here), and a typical M4/T3 hearing aid compatibility.
All said, Alcatel's 2018 Tetra is an unassuming smartphone that sounds like a viable choice for first-time smartphone users.
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