Alcatel 1X (2019) review
Affordable to all
Our Alcatel 1X (2019) review finds a phone that is affordable for everyone and at just over £100. This Alcatel phone will become available during Q1 2019 in the UK. This mobile will be the perfect choice for someone looking for a budget phone that has superb features, such as facial unlocking and a dual camera for capturing blurred bokeh backgrounds.
FullView HD+ display
The Alcatel 1X (2019) has a well-sized 5.5” FullView HD+ display. This gives you a great resolution of 1,440x 720 pixels. The FullView concept sees the phone shaped thinner but longer, an excellent form for viewing wide-screen movies or games.
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There isn’t too much phone body with an 83% screen-to-body ratio. The front face is durable and covered in toughened 2.5D Dragontrail Glass. You will notice the build quality when you make a call, handled by a dual microphone with noise cancellation.
Pebble pain finish
The pebble paint finish is scratch and slip resistant and it repels fingerprints, which saves having a continuous polishing regime. You can choose between Pebble Blue and Pebble Black colour schemes.
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The contoured profile of the phone makes it easy to hold and at 8.3mm thick it does have a slim form. Most impressive is the 130g weight, which is almost half of the weight of some flagship phones.
The Alcatel 1X (2019) has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. This level of RAM is very good for the price point and handles gaming, app launching, and photo gallery browsing with relative ease.
Phone Set Up
Facial recognition is appearing more on phones and the Alcatel 1X (2019) brings this feature to the affordable end of the market. Named Face Key, you enjoy quick access with 106 key facial points being used to create a 3D rendering of your face. These data points are checked with high precision when you want to unlock the phone.
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There is a fingerprint sensor on the back to give you true flexibility and choice. The fingerprint sensor offers a bonus by allowing you to use it to launch apps.
Short on memory
We can’t hide the fact that a 16GB memory is fairly small. Some people will find this completely adequate, while others may need a little more. Thankfully there are two solutions. One is to store your photos online, in the cloud with Google Photos. The other solution is to buy an up to 128GB memory card, which simply slots into the phone.
The Alcatel 1X (2019) comes with the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system preloaded. This gives you the essential apps that you need, such as Maps, Search, Google Assistant, Play Music, YouTube, and the Keep note-taking app.
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Camera & Video
Bokeh and Refocus
A 13MP + 2MP dual camera adorns this phone from Alcatel. The camera features that you will find most useful include:
- Best Shot
- Light Trace
- Bokeh – capture a blurred background
- Refocus – change the focus and background blur after the shot
- Night Mode
- Full HD video recording
You will find a 5MP selfie camera and this is aided in poor light by the LCD screen flash. As you would expect, you can perfect your selfie via the Face Beautification feature.