Alcatel 3V review
FullView display and dual camera
Our Alcatel 3V review is one that should catch the eye of those searching for a sub-£200 mobile phone that has a dual camera and a FullView display. This is great value for money and it delivers big on things visual.
2K FullView display
The Alcatel 3V has a very large 6” 2K FullView display. This really is a talking point for the phone because it is longer but thinner than a traditional display. This makes the phone slimmer and thus it is easier to hold.
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This new 18:9 screen aspect ratio comes with extra rows of pixels (2160 x 1080 compared to FHD 1920 x 1080). This lets you enjoy a more expansive cinematic experience, while allowing you to see further down webpages, without scrolling.
Curvaceous design and processor performance
The Alcatel 3V has a 3D curved back with a mirrored shine. There are three colour options and these are Spectrum Black, Spectrum Gold and Spectrum Blue. The design has further character given to it by chrome accents around the camera lenses and fingerprint sensor.
This Alcatel phone is 8mm thick and weighs 155g. This will tick the boxes for those who want a slim and light phone.
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A quad-core 1.45GHz processor with 2GB RAM powers the experience. The performance is on-par with that of other phones in the same pricing range.
Phone Set Up
The Alcatel 3V has Face Key facial recognition and this a convenient way to unlock the phone. There is also a fingerprint sensor, positioned on the back. This can also be used to unlock the phone but it also gives access to your Private Folder. Further still, it can be used to launch different apps with different fingers.
The internal memory is set at 16GB and this should be plenty enough for moving your content over from you old smartphone. If you save lots of videos or download loads of games, then you can extend the memory by inserting an up to 128GB microSD card.
Android 8.0 Oreo
The Alcatel 3V gets Google’s latest operating system, Android Oreo. This allows you to multitask with two apps side-by-side and the large display and high resolution, makes this phone perfect for that.
The Android OS includes a set of pre-loaded apps and these include:
- Play Music
- Keep (note taking)
- Drive (online cloud storage)
Camera & Video
The Alcatel 3V comes with a fantastic dual camera that consists of a 12MP lens and a 2MP lens. With these lenses you can capture depth of field effects in real-time. This means that you can make your subject stand out with a bokeh blurred background. You can also blur the foreground if your item of focus is positioned in the background.
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Your decision on what to blur and what to focus on isn’t final. With the re-focus feature, you can change your mind and the focus of the image after it has been saved.
When it comes to taking selfies, there is a 5MP portrait camera. The best piece of news here is that it has its own LED flash, essential for night time or indoor photography.
Photography features include:
- Night Mode
- One Hand Mode
- Instant Collage
- Face Beauty
- Selfie Album
- Easy Share
- Quick Launch
Videography features include:
- Real-time Video Filters
- Video Stabilization
- Snapshot in Video Recording
Your photos are stored by Google Photos and this app is pretty handy when it comes to finding photos. Google Photos analyses photos and then organises them into categories, such as location or date taken.
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The Alcatel 3V has a 3,000mAh capacity battery, which is towards the upper end of what we see today. You can set up the Battery Saver Mode with different activation points such as never, at 5% or at 15% of battery remaining.
The estimate time remaining feature is pretty handy for assessing when you will need to recharge the phone. The kill battery draining apps option in the Super Cleaner feature is also well worth knowing about as well.
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Written by: Michael Brown