Alcatel PLUS 12 review
Quick Verdict: Nobody's going to mistake the PLUS 12 for a Surface Pro or Galaxy Book, but if you're after a budget 2-in-1 and can put up with pretty average system performance, the Alcatel PLUS12 could be a good fit.
- Keyboard and stylus included
- Fingerprint unlocking
- Full Windows 10 compatibility
- Keyboard is light and ordinary
- Low-power CPU leads to low performance
- Low storage means you'll need to budget for microSD expansion.
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Alcatel is best known in Australia for its bevy of low-cost mobile handsets aimed at the budget market. A lot of Australian carriers offer Alcatel's feature phones as well as its smartphones. At this year's Mobile World Congress, Alcatel showed off a range of such devices alongside its first 2-in-1 tablet device.
While you might have expected Alcatel to opt for an Android tablet, it instead revealed a Windows 10 2-in-1 device with its own keyboard cover and an included stylus – the Alcatel PLUS 12.
- Basic design sacrifices style for function
- 11.6-inch screen is decent for indoor use
- Included keyboard and stylus are nothing to write home about
- Enough power for basic tasks but little else
- Only 32GB of onboard storage means you'll likely need to buy a microSD card
- Around 7 hours of batter life, which is fine but unremarkable
- Very basic, but the price is right
The Alcatel PLUS 12 isn't an exciting 2-in-1, but then, that's pretty much the point because it sells on price, not on flashy feature sets.
The reality here is that there's not a lot of competition in the 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet space in Australia at this price point, although you can grab other brand name devices with folding hinge-style arrangements from brands such as Dell, Lenovo or Acer around this price point.
As such, the Alcatel PLUS 12 could be a good match for secondary students with moderate computing needs or for anyone who needs a mobile computing experience that goes beyond what's feasible on a simple Android tablet. If you need more processing power, the PLUS 12 is unlikely to satisfy your needs. If you're happy with an undeniably budget solution, it could work well.
Pricing and availability
The Alcatel PLUS 12 is available in Australia now through Vodafone. It sells outright for $558, or you can purchase it on contract with a bundled Wi-Fi hotspot on a 24-month contract term, with plans starting at $35 per month.
|Plan||Monthly Cost||Included monthly data||Minimum 24-month cost|
|Vodafone Alcatel PLUS 12 & Pocket Wi-Fi 4G $35 Plan||$35||1.5GB||$840|
|Vodafone Alcatel PLUS 12 & Pocket Wi-Fi 4G $39 Plan||$39||3GB||$936|
|Vodafone Alcatel PLUS 12 & Pocket Wi-Fi 4G $48 Plan||$48||7GB||$1,152|
|Vodafone Alcatel PLUS 12 & Pocket Wi-Fi 4G $60 Plan||$60||12GB||$1,440|