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Alcatel 3X 2019 review

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Alcatel continues on its mission to deliver decent budget handsets with the Alcatel 3X 2019. It's a well-built phone with good battery endurance, but it's a little slower than we'd like in this price bracket.

The good

  • Solid build
  • Good battery life
  • Rear fingerprint sensor

The bad

  • App performance isn't great
  • Embedded ads are annoying

6.52 inches

Display size

720 x 1600px

64GB

Internal storage

16MP + 8MP + 5MP

Rear camera

4,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Good vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.52 inches
Resolution
720 x 1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
269.1 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 8MP + 5MP
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
164.85mm x 75.8mm x 8.39mm
Weight
178g

Connectivity

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

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Mediatek MT6763V/V
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
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
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$299
Alcatel 3X 2019

Alcatel doesn't really do "flagship" phones, because its entire market presence for some time now has been in the low-end of the budget market. Indeed, with parent company TCL now launching its own affordable flagship in the form of the TCL Plex, there's even less space for Alcatel to have a "flagship" of its own.

However, at $299 outright, that's pretty much what the Alcatel 3X 2019 represents. It's Alcatel's current "best" phone, but it's also a good example of what you can get for under $300 right now.


Design

  • 6.52-inch display with teardrop notch
  • Only HD+ resolution
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Feels much more premium than its price would suggest
Alcatel 3X 2019

Camera

  • Triple cameras with standard, wide and depth sensing
  • Slow camera app
Alcatel 3X 2019

Performance

  • Mediatek Helio P23 isn't quick
  • Android 9 with colourful Alcatel launcher
  • Embedded ad app is annoying
Alcatel 3X 2019

Battery life

  • 4,000mAh battery gives good battery endurance
Alcatel 3X 2019

Should you buy the Alcatel 3X 2019?

  • Nicely built, but not quick
Alcatel 3X 2019

Any budget phone involves compromises, and in 2019 it's very much a question of picking what your compromises of choice are going to be. The Alcatel 3X 2019 is a very well built phone for the money, and its battery life is equally very good. Its camera performance is only ordinary at best, even with multiple lenses, and its overall app performance isn't on par with similar phones.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $299

Where to buy

eBayJB Hi-FiAlcatel 3X 2019

Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.52 inches
Resolution
720 x 1600px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
269.1 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP + 8MP + 5MP
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
164.85mm x 75.8mm x 8.39mm
Weight
178g

Connectivity

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

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Mediatek MT6763V/V
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 9
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
Wireless charging
No
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