Alcatel 3V review: a cheap phone full of compromises

Alcatel, whose popularity has declined significantly lately, is trying to revive itself by releasing new and interesting smartphones. The entire fresh line of Alcatel phones is equipped with modern 18:9 screens. The Alcatel 3V model that came to my review has the same screen.

Alcatel 3V Overview

The smartphone also has other features of the flagships of 2018, such as dual rear cameras with portrait mode and bokeh effect, a 6-inch FHD screen, a fingerprint scanner, face recognition and Android 8.0 OS with a proprietary skin.

Let’s see what was sacrificed in the assembly of this cute bezel-less smartphone to achieve a low cost?

Alcatel 3V reviews

Alcatel 3V design

I’ve used Alcatel phones in the past and found the design a bit quirky. The Alcatel 3V phone is like a breath of fresh air that does not fit into the overall concept.

The company follows all modern design trends, so the plastic back of the 3V has a shiny mirror surface that easily picks up fingerprints. The frame of the smartphone is made of brushed aluminum. Alcatel comes in three colors: dark blue (the model I reviewed), black and gold.

Alcatel 3V design

There is a dual camera module on the back and a circular fingerprint scanner that works very well and unlocks the phone the first time.

There is a large 6-inch display on the front panel. The bezels are a little big, but the screen-to-body ratio is even better than the Moto G6, Google Pixel 2 or iPhone 8.

Alcatel 3V phone

Smartphone screen

The 6-inch Alcatel 3V LCD has a resolution of 2160×1080 and a modern 18:9 aspect ratio, putting it on par with the Moto G6 Plus. It’s not the brightest display I’ve seen, but it’s quite crisp and easy to read for long periods.

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