Alcatel’s refreshed 2019 phones offer sub-$200 value

Posted: 10 January 2019 8:48 am

Not all phones have to cost you an arm and a leg.

More cameras, folding phones and 5G: this year's mobile tech is going to be expensive as tech companies try to bring features to market first, but those looking for a budget option might just be in luck.

Alcatel took some time at CES 2019 to show off its revised 1X and 1C phones, set to come in at around the $100 price point. While last generation's 1X and 1C were released less than half a year ago, the new models come fresh with a few welcome additions and changes.

This time around, the 1X sports a slightly larger display at 5.5 inches (over last generation's 5.3-inch display) and more than doubles the pixel count with a resolution of 1440 x 720.

The battery on the 1X got a healthy bump up to a full 3000mAh from the 2460mAh of the last generation. Perhaps more surprisingly, the 1C had its battery downgraded from 2460mAh to 2000mAh.

Performance-wise, the 1X's 1.5GHz Mediatek MT6739WW is a step up from the last model, and an extra gigabyte of RAM helping to boost things along too. The 1C's core processor specs are the same as last generation, but switches to a Spreadtrum unit over the previous MediaTek one. The processor powers what should be a smoother experience on Android 8.1 for the 1X, and Oreo Go Edition on the 1C.

Not only does the 1X now come packed with two rear cameras instead of one, it also gets quite the bump in the megapixel department. The new iteration has a 13MP main shooter, with a 2MP secondary, and 5MP front-facing camera (the same as last year). The 1C will have a 5MP rear and 2MP front-facing camera.

On the ports front, those who still prefer wired headphones can sing their praises as both the 1X and 1C feature the classic 3.5mm jack. Those who were hoping that we could leave Micro USB in 2018 will be disappointed though.

We don't have any official launch information for either device yet, but we know that the phones will launch in the first quarter of the year.

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