A powerful core, Snapdragon chipset, long-lasting battery, and radiant design, the Alcatel 3 has both style and substance. Its powerful dual rear camera with AI and AR technology gives you the high-quality photos you crave, while its HD+ Super Full View Display delivers you a screen perfect for viewing, streaming and sharing.
When I first saw it in the box, I thought they had sent me the wrong phone. This didn’t look like a budget handset and featured a great looking screen, and brand spanking new design. The back features gradient design with black going into blue. Also, there’s a headphone jack, I hear people like that sort of thing. Volume and power keys are on the right side, with the fingerprint scanner on the back.
But, once you grab hold of the Alcatel 3, you’ll quickly change your mind. Its light feeling is down to its polycarbonate material instead of glass or metal. The screen is HD+ or 720p for normal people. There is an obvious drop in quality, but this comes with a drop in price. I tried some games and ebooks are they were all perfectly easy to read and watch.
The notch is a notch. It’s out the way, it hides in the notification bar. When videos are in full screen you can see it, but I prefer the middle location to the right like the S10+. There is also a dual-camera setup on the back, this is made up of a 13MP and 2MP lens. This helps provide a portrait mode with a blur background feature. This feature is not one of my favs. The camera isn’t the best but is adequate in a well-lit environment. The camera software can detect 21 different scenes and adjust the settings to give you the best photo for the scene. This is more obvious in closeup and distance shots.
The Alcatel 3 comes with a Snapdragon 439 and your choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAM, coming with 32GB or 64GB of storage respectively. This is a pretty good spec for a phone at this price range. You wouldn’t be able to play Fortnite on it, but you’ll get by with most of the other apps. There is a MicroSD card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage.
It comes with an older and very dated Android 8, with no clear sign of an Android 9 or 10 upgrade. There is also a 3,500mAh battery with no quick charge support.
The Alcatel 3 (2019) could be a budget phone to pick up this year. It has the features people want in a phone, with the dual-camera setup. Finally, check out our other mobile reviews, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.