Alcatel 1C review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Alcatel 1C

Alcatel 1C
  • Display

    5.34 inches

    960 x 480

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    2,460 mAh

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.

The good

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

The bad

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

The Alcatel 1C isn't a fancy phone by any stretch of the imagination, but it's impossible to argue that it doesn't represent good value.

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.


  • 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


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


  • 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


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

Pricing and availability

Alcatel 1C

The budget-friendly smartphone

If all you're after is a basic smartphone at a price that won't send you broke, the Alcatel 1C fits that bill to a T.


  • The Alcatel 1C is available directly from Telstra for $89 as well as retailers like Big W and Target.

Alcatel 1C specs

OS Android 7
Display size (inches) 5.34
Display resolution (pixels) 960 x 480
Pixels per inch (PPI) 201
Processor MT6580M
Height (mm) 146.9
Width (mm) 70.6
Depth (mm) 9.2
Weight (g) 156
Battery size (mAh) 2,460
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 128GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 8
Rear camera (1) aperture
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 5
Front camera (1) aperture
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support Yes

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