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The world’s “first complete 18:9 smartphone portfolio” has been fully detailed moments ago at MWC 2018 in Barcelona, following a short CES preview in Vegas last month, and because it contains so many new Android devices, TCL’s modernized Alcatel-branded lineup deserves some further explaining.
Pocketnow’s formidable duo of reporters on the ground at the 2018 Mobile World Congress has already got a little one-on-one time with the… five phones (one-on-five?), compressing their key selling points in a three-minute hands-on video.
We’re sure it won’t come as a surprise that the ultra-low-cost Alcatel 1X is the least good-looking of the bunch, although even that thing impressively manages to keep screen bezels thin while supporting both fingerprint and facial recognition.
The Alcatel 3 and 3X are largely similar in terms of specifications, but the latter can be configured with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage in addition to the 2/16 gig SKU that’s standard for the non-X 3. The 3X is also slightly bigger, with HD+ display resolution on both handsets.
But the Alcatel 3V is the largest and sharpest member of the 2:1 family, with a 6-inch FHD+ panel in tow, while the 5.7-inch HD+ Alcatel 5 has a completely bezel-less chin and dual front-facing camera going for it. The 5 and 3V are “now” available in “select markets”, with the 3 and 3X due out next month, and the Android Oreo (Go edition)-powered 1X scheduled for an April commercial rollout.