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Alcatel 1C review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The Alcatel 1C is a slow phone with a terrible camera, but its solid battery life and genuinely low asking price make it a worthwhile buy if all you need is a basic smartphone.

5.34 inches

Display size

480 x 960px

16GB

Internal storage

8 MP

Rear camera

2,460 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.34 inches
Resolution
480 x 960px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
201 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
146.9mm x 70.6mm x 9.2mm
Weight
156g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6580M
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
2,460mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$89
Launch date2018-06
Alcatel 1C
Finder score: 3 How we score our reviews

The good

  • Good battery life
  • 18:9 display
  • Fingerprint sensor

The bad

  • Ordinary app performance
  • 3G only
  • Locked to Telstra

Alcatel's entire smartphone business is built around providing low-cost handsets for the market that can't (or won't) spend into the mid-range or premium price points. For years, it's offered affordable phones, most of which were tough to recommend due to their limitations. While the Alcatel 1C isn't fancy by any measure, the sum of its parts and its low asking price make it a very easy recommendation if you're after a simple replacement phone on the Telstra network.

Design

  • 18:9 display is better than you typically get at this price point
  • The inclusion of a fingerprint sensor puts the 1C ahead of many of its competitors

Camera

  • Bare-bones camera is pretty much what you'd expect from a budget smartphone
  • Don't expect brilliant high-speed or low-light photography

Performance

  • Slow, but no slower than other phones at this price
  • Lack of 4G support means slower Internet speeds

Battery life

  • Power-efficient hardware ensures all-day battery life is easily achievable
  • No fast-charging

Verdict

  • A bare-bones smartphone that distinguishes itself with its tiny price tag

Pricing and availability

Alcatel 1C specs

Display

Display Size
5.34 inches
Resolution
480 x 960px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
201 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
8MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
5MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
146.9mm x 70.6mm x 9.2mm
Weight
156g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6580M
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
16GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
2,460mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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