Home Home Tech Alcatel unveils new smartphones and tablet at MWC 2019

Australia's No.3 smartphone brand, Alcatel, has launched three new smartphones and a new tablet at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona.

These new smartphones are the Alcatel 3Alcatel 3L and Alcatel 1S, as well as the Alcatel 3T 10 tablet. There is also a new "DragonHinge" that enables foldable displays which will be seen at retail in 2020, with details of the hinge here (link coming shortly).

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Naturally, the company boasts they are all "designed with premium, nature-inspired finishes and equipped with the latest TCL-made Full View Displays, these recent additions to TCL’s Alcatel mobility portfolio continue the company’s commitment to making great products accessible to customers around the world".

TCL is Alcatel's parent company, and notes that "each of these new Alcatel devices also comes preloaded with Google Assistant, helping you get things done quickly throughout the day, such as managing tasks, planning your day, enjoying entertainment or controlling your home’s IoT devices".

Peter Lee, general manager of Global Sales and Marketing at TCL Communication, said: "While we’re entering an exciting era of innovation in the smartphone market with the introduction of 5G connectivity and new concepts thanks to flexible displays, we cannot lose sight of consumers who are just looking for great technology at an affordable price.

“This is why we continue to enhance and expand our Alcatel smartphone and tablet lineup, ensuring customers who want the latest mobility experiences can have them regardless of their budget.”

So, what are the details of the new devices? Here are the descriptions direct from Alcatel:

Alcatel 3 – Democratising the latest smartphone innovations and designs

"Featuring TCL’s latest 5.9-inch 19.5:9 HD+ Super Full View Display with a slim mini notch providing an 88% screen-to-body ratio, Alcatel 3 offers an ideal experience for viewing photos, streaming content, gaming or browsing the web.

"It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core chipset and paired with up to 4GB RAM for a smooth user experience and 64GB built-in storage along with microSD expansion for all your favourite content. A 3500mAh battery provides the power to run it all, keeping you going throughout the day while on the go.

"To ensure you get the most out of your pictures, Alcatel 3 features 13+5MP dual cameras with real-time bokeh and 8MP front-facing camera. The dual cameras capture portrait-like shots and offer post-shot refocus, empowering you to create images that look exactly as imagined.

"It also uses AI Imaging Scene Detection, which intelligently identifies up to 21 different scenarios in real-time and provides the best settings, optimum contrast, saturation, brightness, sharpness and resolution to get the perfect shot.The secondary camera Google Lens, which helps you search what you see, get things done faster and learn more about the world around you, comes included.

"Alcatel's Face Key provides security and instant access with a scan of your face. The Alcatel 3 also lets you create fun AR emojis of yourself for sharing with friends and family. A fingerprint sensor on the back gives an extra layer of protection and launches customisable apps with a tap."

Alcatel 3L – Enjoy the moment on a Super Full View Display

"Alcatel 3L provides an immersive display for sharing and keeping in touch, a dual camera that captures memories vividly and smooth performance to make life run easier. A TCL-built 5.9-inch HD+ Super Full View Display and slim mini notch create an expansive viewing experience with 88% screen-to-body ratio for incredibly crisp detail.

"It is designed with contoured 2.5D front glass and and spectrum engraving that highlights the device’s overall design. Alcatel 3L is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chipset and long-lasting 3500mAh battery, making life easy with high-level performance you won't have to think twice about.

"Like Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3L comes with a 13+5MP dual rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera, along with AI scene detection, bokeh blur and refocus capabilities to enhance your photo-taking experience. Additionally, It comes with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed (upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie in Q2 2019).

"Google Lens is also included in the Alcatel 3L camera software which helps you find products online, copy and paste text, learn more about landmarks, add events to their calendar, look up movie posters, identify popular plants and animals and more in real-time."

Alcatel 1S – The best in essential smartphone experiences

"The accessibly-priced Alcatel 1S packs a punch with premium features and software. Featuring Android 9.0 Pie, an octa-core processor, TCL-built 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ Full View Display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage with microSD expansion, Alcatel 1S brings a smooth user experience. It helps you stay on the move all day with its 3,060mAh battery.

"Alcatel 1S is equipped with a dual rear 13MP+2MP camera with real-time bokeh and AI scene detection that lets you capture what inspires you. The built-in rear fingerprint sensor and Face Key facial recognition software provide protection and convenience. It also comes with 2.5D front glass which provides a sleek contour and a comfortable grip."

Alcatel 3T 10 – Create a hands-free home with a smart 2-in-1 system

"With the Alcatel 3T 10 tablet, dual front speakers and a 10-inch HD screen immerse you in a world of cinematic entertainment. Escape into your favourite movies, music, games thanks to the tablet’s long-lasting 4,080mAh battery.

"Powered by Android 9.0 Pie and with Google Assistant pre-installed, Alcatel 3T 10 is always at your call so you can multitask and relax with ease. Offering DSP voice recognition up to three meters away, Alcatel 3T 10 provides hands-free audio control to play movies or music, answer questions and more.

"The Alcatel 3T 10 also features an optional lightweight Audio Station accessory that can be connected to the tablet to achieve powerful, deep sound with up to seven hours of non-stop music on the go. Additionally when connected to the Alcatel 3T10, an on-screen hub gives you all the information you need in a glance with instant access to the tablet’s most used apps, photos, calendar, music and weather forecast.

"The Audio Station comes with a 3.5mm auxiliary port, Micro-USB and microSD card reader so you can play audio from any external media players."

Pricing and Availability

Australian availability and pricing will be confirmed closer to each device launching locally.

More information on these new Alcatel mobile devices from TCL Communication can be seen here

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