The African market for mid and low-budget smartphones continues to expand as manufacturers expand their reach. Alcatel is one of the brands whose products are relatively common in the continent. The company recently announced the Alcatel 1V, a handset within the company’s budget smartphone lineup. The phone features a decent screen, solid build, and a great stock Android experience, all for a low price.
The Alcatel 1V is aimed at the lower end of the market. It is intended for people who need a decent smartphone on a limited budget. The phone was announced in September 2019 but is yet to be released in the market. It is, however, expected to be available in retail outlets before the year ends. Does the 1V meet its target market's expectations?
Here are the main pros and cons of the Alcatel 1V handset. Keep in mind that for its alleged price, it is hard to expect some features.
- A decent 5.5-inch IPS LCD
- Solid build and lightweight
- Stock Android experience without too much customization
- Available microSD slot for storage expansion
- Poor images from the camera
- Inadequate battery life
Alcatel 1V specs
- Announced: September 2019
- Released: Quarter 4 2019
- Dimensions: 149.1 x 72.2 x 8.9 mm (length, width and thickness)
- Weight: 153.2 grams
- SIM card: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
- Display: IPS LCD touchscreen
- Size: 5.5 inches
- Display resolution: 480 by 960 pixels
- Operating system: Android Pie (9.0) Go Edition
- Expandable memory: MicroSD slot (up to 128GB)
- Internal memory: 16GB ROM & 1GB RAM
- Processor: Unisoc SC9863A
- Camera: 5MP main camera
- Selfie camera: 5 megapixels
- Bluetooth connectivity: Version 4.2 with A2DP & LE
- Sensors: Fingerprint, proximity, and accelerometer
- Battery: 2460 mAH removable Li-Ion battery
- Colors: Metallic Rose, Metallic Blue, Anthracite Black, and Metallic Gold
- Price: 80 Euros (32,027 Naira)
Here is an Alcatel 1V review, a look into every aspect of the Alcatel 1V to help you decide whether it is a suitable device for you.
Here are the main features of the recently announced 1V.
The design of the Alcatel 1V is reasonable good for a phone in its price range. It is solidly built and relatively light, weighing approximately 153.2 grams. The entirely plastic body has very little flex when squeezed, which points to sturdy construction. While the design would not be considered visually appealing, it is by no means poor-looking.
The front of the device is mostly occupied by the 5.5-inch display which features larger bezels than the sleek-looking tiny ones in pricier phones. There is a selfie camera alongside an earpiece on top of the screen. The back houses a single camera module alongside an LED flash.
The 1V comes with an IPS LCD measuring 5.5 inches. While the screen size is undoubtedly reasonable, the 480 by 960-pixel resolution is way below modern standards. The display has a 195 PPI (pixels per inch) density, which is mediocre by today’s standards. However, the panel is quite bright, and the colors look great.
The wide bezels do not make matters any better for the phone’s display. Most modern smartphone displays have very thin bezels, while some have even done away with the side bezels altogether. For the phone’s price point, though, it is hard to expect a better screen than what the 1V offers.
Processor, performance, and storage
The device makes use of the Unisoc SC9863A processor. While not a bad choice, it is undoubtedly below the Snapdragon processors used in mid-range and high-end smartphones. However, when coupled with the 1GB RAM, it is just not up to scratch for most tasks. Users will find that the 1V performs basic tasks with ease. However, it is not a device for gaming and multitasking lovers since the hardware is inadequate for such tasks.
In terms of storage, the 1V comes with 16 gigabytes of inbuilt memory. The availability of a microSD slot means that users can expand the device’s storage by up to 128GB.
Alcatel 1V battery capacity
A 2460 mAh removable Li-Ion battery powers the 1V. Given that the device uses a low-end chipset and has few pixels on display, a battery of this capacity would seem sufficient. While it is certainly not in the two-day category, it is enough to last an entire day on a single charge. The battery will be more than enough for light users who rarely carry out power-intensive tasks.
Speaker and call quality
The 1V has excellent call quality. The audio is sufficiently loud and clear, which makes it easy to receive and make calls. However, users cannot expect the kind of audio quality found on phones featuring dual speakers.
Here is a breakdown of the phone’s software features.
Operating system and features
Which Android version does the Alcatel 1V use? This device comes preinstalled with Android 9.0 (Pie) Go Edition. This means that the company has done very few customizations to the stock Android version, thus giving users an experience that is quite close to the factory version of the software.
Other manufacturers are known to overlay Android with their custom skins, making the experience significantly different. The company is yet to comment on the availability of updates to the software.
Alcatel 1V camera, video, and image quality
The device features 5-megapixel cameras on the front and back. In this era of triple and quad-camera setups, a single camera with such a low resolution has little to write home about. However, the camera captures decent photos in good lighting conditions. There are no fancy features, just a simple interface that captures relatively usable photos. The same can be said about the video output. While the 1V can record video in 1080p at 30 frames per second, the resolution and clarity let the device down.
The device is yet to be released into the market, so there is no confirmation of the accessories it will ship with.
Alcatel 1V price
According to gsmarena.com, the Alcatel 1V will be retailing for a price of about 80 euros (about 32,027 Naira) once it becomes available in the market. There is barely any additional info regarding local prices since the device is not yet available.
Alcatel 1V where to buy
Buyers may find the device on Jumia and Konga once it hits the market. However, there are no confirmed reports about this since the 1V is not yet in the market.
The Alcatel 1V seems like a great value-for-money device, considering its expected price. The decent screen and stock Android experience will undoubtedly be great features for its users. Despite its numerous shortcomings, one would be hard-pressed to expect anything more from a phone in this price range.
The Alcatel 1V 2019 is targeted at people who want a smartphone for a significantly low price. These might include students and people in low-income households. While the device lacks most features found in mid and high-end devices, it will undoubtedly get the job done when it comes to basic tasks. The availability of a microSD slot means that users can store numerous media files on the device. What do you think about this budget phone?