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TCL’s budget Alcatel 3X and Alcatel 1SE bring multi-camera hardware to the masses

By Nadeem Sarwar May 19, 2020, 12:56 pm

TCL Communications has today launched a pair of new budget phones dubbed the Alcatel 3X and Alcatel 1SE. Both the phones run Android 10, come in a trio of colors, and have a waterdrop notch at the top. The Alcatel 1SE features three cameras at the back, while the Alcatel 3X packs a more powerful quad rear camera setup.

The Alcatel 1SE is powered by the entry-level Unisoc SC9863A chip paired with 3 gigs of RAM and a meager 32GB onboard storage. Alcatel 3X, on the other hand, relies on the octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor ticking alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. Here’s a quick look at the specifications of TCL’s new budget phones:


Alcatel 1SE, Alcatel 3X specifications

Alcatel 1SEAlcatel 3X
Display6.22-inch HD+
19:9 aspect ratio
87.18% screen-to-body ratio
6.52-inch HD+
20:9 aspect ratio
89% screen-to-body ratio
ProcessorUnisoc SC9863AMediaTek Helio P22
Expandable up to 32GB
Expandable up to 256GB
Rear Camera13MP (F/2.2) primary
5MP (F/2.2) ultra-wide
2MP (F/2.4) depth
16MP (F/1.8) primary
5MP (F/2.2) ultra-wide
2MP (F/2.4) macro
2MP (F/2.4) depth
Front Camera5MP (F/2.2)8MP (F/2.0)
ColorsAgate Green, Power GrayJewelry Black, Jewelry Green
SoftwareAndroid 10Android 10
Dimensions159.16 x 75.2 x 8.6mm165 x 75 x 9.0mm
Weight175 grams186 grams
(Note: This table is best viewed in landscape mode on mobile)

Alcatel 1SE, Alcatel 3X price & availibility

TCL says the Alcatel 3X will go on sale next month in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa priced at €149 EUR (~$160). As for the cheaper Alcatel 1SE, it costs €99 (~$110) and will hit the shelves this month. Here’s a closer look at the design of TCL’s new offerings:


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