If you thought TCL wouldn’t be moving on its Alcatel brand again for the year, you thought wrong. It’s back with an exclusive phone at T-Mobile’s prepaid operation MetroPCS and a deal for unlimited data customers.
The Alcatel 7 adds on to the label’s budget-level offerings this year, though it is quite the outsized unit with a 2:1 full HD display, the same specs as the one on the Alcatel 3V. TCL makes the panels, so that will be a cost savings to customers. Plus, Alcatel is launching the CloserTV app to allow access to cable and online content streaming directly through the phone.
There’s a 12-megapixel main rear camera with a 2-megapixel focus gain sensor to allow for bokeh effects and an 8-megapixel selfie camera that can be used for FACE KEY authentication. That said, there’s a fingerprint sensor to go along with the security options. The biggest talking point, though, is the 4,000mAh battery that’s said to last for ten-and-a-half hours of non-stop video streaming.
Not inherent to the device is the pricing. It’s $179.99 for most customers. Those upgrading or getting a new line can get it for just $129 while network switchers who board Metro on an unlimited LTE plan can have it for free. All this starting from today.