Alcatel’s future phones will feature 18:9 displays
At CES 2018, Alcatel didn't exactly launch new phones, but it did reveal its plans for its 2018 phone range, and we've gone hands-on with them.
Strictly speaking, CES 2018 isn't a phone show, but the convergence of technologies means that everyone from car manufacturers to television makers even down to hoverboard makers (yes, they're still a thing, somehow) had announcements to make at the world's biggest consumer electronics show. That included Alcatel, although not quite in the way that most phone launches are held.
Instead, what it did was announce that its future phone lines will all feature 18:9 displays, a feature that was largely the province of entirely premium phones in 2017. That sizing will be across the board from its lowest-cost Alcatel 1 series phones up through the mid-range Alcatel 3 and its "flagship" Alcatel 5 handsets. Being Alcatel, their flagship is still likely to be a value proposition rather than something that tips the money out of your wallet in an extreme kind of way.
I had the opportunity for a very brief hands-on with the new handsets at CES 2018, albeit under the unusual circumstances of the CES Blackout, which meant that it was the first phone briefing I've ever had under digital phone torchlight. For what that's worth, the new phones look quite good with mood lighting.
The 5 series phone's design is a relatively high concept for what will still be a quite affordable handset, although the design is a little more ordinary down towards the 3 and 1 end of the line. Alcatel isn't announcing specifications or specific ranges just yet, with those details to be more formally announced at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona.
According to Alcatel representatives I chatted to, the plan is that all of the company's lines will feature 18:9 displays moving forward, with a variety of screen sizes on display, although the demonstrated units only represented one each of the new ranges.
While my testing time was necessarily brief thanks to the blackout, there's certainly promise for the handsets within Alcatel's usual, mostly prepaid phones space.
Alex Kidman travelled to CES 2018 as a guest of Samsung.