By packing in an 18:9 display and Android Oreo Go, the Alcatel 1X is capable of more than you'd expect from a budget smartphone.
There's growing demand these days for low-cost smartphones capable of keeping up with the needs of our modern connected society. One of the key players in this space is Alcatel, a brand that has built its legacy on affordability while still catering to the trends and fashion of the time. This approach has served the company well, and it's one that continues to inform the design of phones like the recent Alcatel 1X.
Sitting towards the lower end of Alcatel's 2018 smartphones, the Alcatel 1X aims for the sweet spot at the upper tier of ultra-cheap handsets. It does this by combining an 18:9 display with capable front and rear cameras plus support for Android Oreo Go, the offshoot of Android 8.0 designed specifically to maximise performance on low-power smartphones. Topped off with a very reasonable RRP of $129, this makes the Alcatel 1X a compelling choice for budget-conscious Aussies wanting the biggest bang for their buck.
- An 18:9 display at this price point is quite impressive
- Soft-touch backing makes for a distinct look, though it won't be to everyone's tastes
- An entirely adequate camera for such a cheap phone
- Interpolation gives photos a slight bump up in quality over their raw megapixel count
- Except sluggish performance from such cost-efficient components
- Android Oreo Go does offset the weak hardware somewhat, though not entirely
- Up to 26 hours of talk time and 547 hours on standby, according to Alcatel
- Android Oreo Go can help extend battery life even further
Pricing and availability
A big screen on a budget
With its 18:9 display and Android Oreo Go operating system, the Alcatel 1X has more to offer than your typical budget smartphone.
- The Alcatel 1X is available through Telstra for $129.
Alcatel 1X specs
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||5.3 inches|
|Resolution||2448 x 3264|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||203|
|Rear camera megapixels||8MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||f/2|
|Front camera megapixels||5MP|
|Front camera aperture size||f/2.4|
|Dimensions||147.5mm x 70.6mm x 9.1mm|
|Network category speed||N/A|
|RAM||1GB / 2GBGB|
|Operating system||Android 8|
|External storage support||Up to 128GB|
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