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Alcatel 3L 2020 review

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Quick verdict: It's not a fast phone, but the combination of battery life and camera features makes the Alcatel 3L 2020 a real winner in the budget phone battle.

  • Good battery life
  • Flexible camera
  • Slow app performance
  • Charging over MicroUSB

6.22 inches

Display size

720 x 1520px

64GB

Internal storage

48MP + 5MP + 2MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.22 inches
Resolution
720 x 1520px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 5MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.7mm x 74.6mm x 8.45mm
Weight
165g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6762
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$0
Alcatel 3L (2020)
Finder score: 4 How we score our reviews

Alcatel as a brand only sells in the budget space, and for years now, it's pumped out a near endless array of entirely solid value phones but very little that was particularly exciting or pushed the envelope in what you could get out of a cheap phone.

The Alcatel 3L changes that perception, bringing a range of genuinely exciting camera features and solid battery life. There are still some compromises here in terms of overall performance, but this is easily Alcatel's best phone in years, and one of the best phones you can buy for under $200.


Design

Design

  • 6.22-inch display
  • Only 720p
  • Easy-to-reach fingerprint sensor
Alcatel 3L (2020)

Camera

Camera

  • Triple lenses gives you lots of image choice
  • Slow camera app
Alcatel 3L (2020)

Performance

Performance

  • MediaTek Helio P22 is very slow
  • Alcatel's track record with Android updates isn't great
Alcatel 3L (2020)

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4,000mAh battery performs well
  • MicroUSB charging is disappointing
Alcatel 3L (2020)

Verdict

Verdict

  • Great overall value for a budget phone
Alcatel 3L (2020)
Should you buy it?

I came into testing the Alcatel 3L 2020 expecting it to be yet another Alcatel phone: reasonable value but nothing exciting.

That's not what I got. Look, it's not particularly quick, but few phones in this price bracket are. The design isn't massively eye-catching, and MicroUSB charging is annoying.

However, the camera is genuinely flexible and fun to use, and it's easily the best going in a sub-$200 handset. The battery life, which underpins anything else you're going to do with the Alcatel 3L 2020, is very good.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $199

Where to buy


Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.22 inches
Resolution
720 x 1520px

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
48MP + 5MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2 + f/2.4
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
158.7mm x 74.6mm x 8.45mm
Weight
165g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
Category 4

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6762
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 128GB
Battery capacity
4,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

Images: Alex Kidman

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