Alcatel 1X was announced in February 2018 and later released in May 2018. It is one of the cheapest Android smartphones right now in the market, albeit not really the most affordable, as GLU C5 is about $30 to $40 cheaper.
Alcatel 1X – The Good
Alcatel 1X is noticeably good in some respects. These include the fact the device is affordable. It is below $100. For those who won’t spend much, this is the in-thing.
Next to that is the pleasant design. It’s beautiful and has a look resembling many of modern-day sleek smartphones. Alcatel 1X is a lightweight device that runs on Android Go Software.
Alcatel 1X – The Bad
Though Alcatel 1X has a beautiful appearance, especially when you stare at it from a distance, it is a device known for sluggish performance. It is slow to respond especially when it is operated in a very demanding situation where the user needs to do a lot on the device in very little time.
The camera quality of Alcatel 1X is nothing to write home about; so is the call quality. The display also offers a low resolution that even youngsters who love selfies may find disgusting.
Don’t be amazed when you call and you get poor reception from the other end, where people using other phones effortlessly make and receive calls.
Design and Display Features
No surprises here at all. Alcatel 1X measures 5.8 x 3.3 x 0.3 inches and weighs 5.3 ounce which looks standard or conventional. The device has a soft-touch rear.
The display type for Alcatel 1X is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 16M colors, resolution 480 x 960 pixels, 18:9 ratio, and 203 ppi density. Congratulate Alcatel for making this very affordable smartphone a multitouch device.
The smartphone comes in black, blue, gold, and rose gold.
Camera performance is poor as pointed out briefly above. This is due to the fact that the Alcatel 1X has an 8 MP rear camera. Though this camera is digitally upscaled to shoot photos in the range of 13 MP, the results are blurry even in good lighting.
Even the 5 MP front-facing camera which is up-scaled to 8 MP does the same shoddy job of photos and videos. The camera is slow to respond when you try to launch it, and it’s slow to switch between modes.
SIM and Network Connection
Alcatel 1X comes in dual Nano SIM, and the network technology is GSM, HSPA, and LTE. If you want 4G, you’re covered when you buy Alcatel 1X. Additional connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi and also Bluetooth 4.2.
There is also the USB charging port to the bottom, a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top, and FM radio is also available.
Operating System (OS) and Storage
Alcatel 1X runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and all other Android models software. The device makes use of MediaTek MT6739, Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53, GPU PowerVR GE8100.
The internal storage for Alcatel 1X is 16GB and 1GB RAM or 2GB RAM. There is the thought that you may also be able to boost the device up to 256GB with a microSD card.
Sound and Gaming System
The sound quality on Alcatel 1X is also not high grade. The volume on the device itself is of low quality and when you insert a headphone jack things improve because then you have more audible sound but which still needs an upgrade.
Playing games on the device is enjoyable when you do the ones that are simple. Try to engage in playing a graphically intensive game, and you’ll see that the device is unable to handle those.
Price and Battery Life
At $96.50, Alcatel 1X is undoubtedly one out of a few rare options of smartphones that sell for lower than $100. This is basically one reason why many of the ‘good stuff’ is missing in the device.
Battery life is also low quality as you must know. There’s a Li-Ion 2460 mAh non-removable battery inside of Alcatel 1X. When texted at full charge for playing full-screen video on 4G internet, the phone may last a few minutes above 4 hours.
Alcatel 1X is one excellent option for tight budgets. Would you like to spare yourself from the slow performance of Alcatel 1X, you may have to look to one of the other devices that sell for just a tad above $100.