Alcatel A3: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Alcatel A3 at a glance
When was the Alcatel A3 released? October 2017.
What’s new about the Alcatel A3? 5-inch HD screen, 8MP camera, Android 6.0.
How much does the Alcatel A3 cost? RRP $129.

With its 5-inch screen, 8MP camera and built-in fingerprint sensor, the Alcatel A3 delivers basic smartphone features at an affordable price.

When shopping for a top-of-the-line smartphone, choosing between different brands is relatively straightforward. Companies like Apple, Samsung and Google are household names and most people already know which company's design ethos they prefer.

The decision process isn't quite so simple when shopping for a budget smartphone. Many budget brands have little to no presence outside of the low-cost mobile space, making it difficult to know what distinguishes one brand's handsets from another's.

Alcatel stands as an exception to this rule. The long-running phone brand has established itself as one of the go-to names in the budget space, delivering cheap smartphones that often punch above their weight. One such smartphone is the Alcatel A3, a simple 4G handset designed to meet the needs of our modern connected society without costing an arm and a leg. Does it hit its goal? Let's take a look.


  • Fingerprint sensor is a nice addition in a budget phone.
  • Android 6.0 is getting on in years, but it's still a decent operating system.


  • Standard camera hardware should be fine for most basic photography.
  • Software interpolation is neat but can't compete with higher-resolution lenses.


  • Low-power hardware is as expected for a phone at this price.
  • Standard tasks shouldn't give it too much trouble.


  • Up to 10 hours of talk time and 330 hours on standby, per Optus benchmarks.
  • Most users should have no issue getting a full day of use out of a single charge.

Pricing and availability

Alcatel A3

All the basics on a budget

The Alcatel A3 is an affordable entry point into the smartphone world that doesn't compromise on functionality.

  • You can purchase a prepaid Alcatel A3 from Optus for $129, or you can find it even cheaper at retailers like Big W and Woolworths.
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OS Android 6
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 1280 x 720
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor MT6737
Height (mm) 142
Width (mm) 70.5
Depth (mm) 8.6
Weight (g) 465
Battery size (mAh) 2,460
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 16GB
MicroSD expansion 32GB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 1.5
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 13
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
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 N/A
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed Category 4
NFC support Yes
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Updated February 23rd, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
Alcatel FZ One
Alcatel FZ One
1440 x 720
Alcatel 1X
Alcatel 1X
3264 x 2448
Alcatel 1C
Alcatel 1C
960 x 480
854 x 480
1280 x 720
1280 x 720
1280 x 720

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