TCL Communication has launched a pair of budget smartphones in Canada from Alcatel, the 3V and the 1X with Android Oreo (Go edition), both of which sell for under $200.
The Alcatel 3V includes an 18:9 near bezel-less design, custom-built 6" TCL Full HD+ display, dual rear camera, fingerprint sensor, Face Key biometric security, and more. The 1X, meanwhile, features an all-day battery, high-resolution front and rear cameras, and a fingerprint sensor. It also comes in a suede fit finish that affords a more premium feel.
"The Alcatel 3V and Alcatel 1X were created as part of our vision to make great mobile technology accessible to everyone," says Eric Anderson, General Manager for Alcatel North America. "Both of these smartphones embrace our premium design philosophy and offer high-end features at reasonable prices."
The 3V, which employs curved edges, uses a 12MP primary rear camera paired with a 2MP secondary depth camera with LED flash. It also comes with 5MP front-facing cameras with LED flash for well-lit selfies. Face Key offers a new level of facial recognition security that enables you to easily unlock your device by simply glancing at the screen.
To help protect your device, the Alcatel 3V also comes included with a bonus clear case and screen protector in the box.
With a 5.3" screen in a smaller form factor, the 1X runs quickly thanks to the Android Oreo (Go edition), which features a rebuilt set of popular Google apps, including Google Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, and more. It also comes with Facebook Lite and provides access to a suite of Android apps and games on Google Play. Android Oreo (Go edition) is designed to give you two times the available storage out of the box, freeing up space for you to do a lot more with 16GB built-in storage on the Alcatel 1X, in addition to a microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB of expandable memory.
The 1X has a built-in 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera, and comes with photo editing tools called Social Mode, which will allow you to take, edit and share photos in a fun and more efficient way.
The Alcatel 3V is $199.98, and the 1X with Android Oreo (Go edition) is $150. Both devices are unlocked to support GSM and LTE networks, including Bell, Koodo Mobile, Fido, Rogers, Telus, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, and more.