Alcatel 1X review
Our Alcatel 1X review finds a budget phone that excels for those who want a little selfie camera fun. However, there are other mobile phones out there that we would recommend before this one. So, you should also check out the Nokia 3.1 deals and the Motorola Moto E5 Play deals.
The Alcatel 1X has a FullView 5.3” display with a 18:9 screen aspect ratio. This shape is slimmer but longer, so you get more screen in less space. The extra benefit is that you can easily slide the phone into your pocket and enjoy a more comfortable grip.
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The screen resolution is 480 x 960 pixels, which sits just below the quality of HD.
Soft touch surface
This Alcatel phone is offered in three colours; Blue, Black and Gold. The soft touch surface with Suede or Satin finishing is pleasant to look at and touch. The phone is okay weight wise at 151g but a little thick at 9.15mm.
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To complicate things, the Alcatel 1X comes in two versions, a single SIM version with 1GB RAM and a dual SIM version with 2GB RAM. Obviously, the latter gives a slightly better performance, reducing lag. In both versions, there is a MediaTek 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
Phone Set Up
Moving your old content over
The Alcatel 1X has a smallish memory of 16GB, onto which you can move your old content over to. There is a memory card slot (up to 32GB), so expanding the memory in the future isn’t an issue.
Android Oreo Go Edition
The Alcatel 1X runs on the Android Oreo Go Edition, which is lean, fast and safe. It offers the best experience possible on budget phones. You will enjoy a good range of pre-loaded apps and these include:
- Chrome - Web browser
- Drive - Online cloud storage
- Duo - Video calling
- Play Music
- Keep - A note and list making app
Camera & Video
Most of the fun to be had on the Alcatel 1X surrounds the 5MP selfie camera. The SmartCam Social features include:
- Photo Booth - Grab your friend and take four pictures over three seconds, which are then saved in a photo booth style.
- Social Square - Review and share the photo you have just taken, while half of the screen remains open as the viewfinder, so you can keep shooting the action.
- One-handed Mode - Put all of the camera features within easy reach and you can set this up for right or left-handed use.
- Selfie flash - Take night time photos with ease.
The single SIM version of the Alcatel 1X has a 13MP camera, while the dual SIM version has a 8MP camera. The most notable feature here is Instant Collage and there are different templates to choose from. When you choose a collage template you can simply shoot photos to fill out the collage.
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Further camera features include Live Filters, Pano, Time-Lapse, Light Trace and Full HD video recording at 30fps.
Small battery with good performance
There is a small 2,460mAh battery inside the Alcatel 1X but the phone is quite efficient and offers good usage times. You should expect to get up to:
- Standby - 22.7 days
- Talk time - 26 hours
- When charging time comes around, you can charge the battery in under 3.5 hours.
Written by: Michael Brown