Alcatel 1C review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Alcatel 1C
Alcatel 1C

Quick Verdict

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

Alcatel 1C at a glance
When was the Alcatel 1C released? August 2018
What’s new about the Alcatel 1C? 18:9 display, fingerprint sensor, 3G connectivity only
How much does the Alcatel 1C cost? $89

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.

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

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.

Promoted
  • The Alcatel 1C is available directly from Telstra for $89 as well as retailers like Big W and Target.
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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
RAM 1GB
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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Updated December 19th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Alcatel 1X
Alcatel 1X
MT6739
5.3
3264 x 2448
16GB
Alcatel 1C
Alcatel 1C
MT6580M
5.34
960 x 480
16GB
MT6737M
5
854 x 480
8GB
MT6737
5
1280 x 720
16GB
Snapdragon 410
5
1280 x 720
8GB
MSM8909
5
1280 x 720
8GB

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