Although Alcatel released a legion of budget phones earlier this year, the Alcatel 7 was not among them; clearly . Now the company brings a MetroPCS-specific model of a 6-inch phone with a big 4,000mAh battery to market at a bargain price of $180 -- $130 if you fulfill the fine-print conditions.
On the surface it looks like a huge bargain, with a list of the must-have features for 2018. Dual rear cameras, face unlock and an octocore processor, plus a claim of 28 hours of talk time.
But the rear cameras are a 12MP and 2MP, the processor is an old, midtier model and the 28-hour rating is for 3G. Andis hard to get right in a flagship model, much less a budget one.
That's not to say it's not a great deal for $180, just that specs can be deceptive.
It also comes with Alcatel's CloserTV, a remote control app for streaming and cable services.
The specs include:
- 6-inch 2,160x1,080 display (18:9 aspect ratio)
- 12-megapixel+2MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
- 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot for expansion
- MediaTek MT6763T processor (8 cores up to 2.5GHz)
- Rear fingerprint sensor
- 4,000mAh battery with quick charge
- Weight: 6.2 oz
- Dimensions: 6.4 x 2.3 x 0.3 in