The cost-conscious Alcatel Onyx is coming to Cricket Wireless for $120. Going on sale Friday, the budget phone has a 5.5-inch HD+ display, dual rear cameras with portrait mode, and 32GB of internal storage. That's double the 16GB you might find in comparison devices.
While Cricket is calling the phone an exclusive, the Alcatel Onyx is a variant of the Alcatel 1X budget device that . We were initially quoted about $130 for that handset, so it's nice to see Cricket knocking off 10 bucks.
Along with BlackBerry Mobile and Palm, Alcatel is a brand within the China-based TCL empire, which is best known for affordable TVs.
For Alcatel, the Onyx's crowning achievement is its dual camera setup, a rarity in this class of phone. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel depth-sensing lens for portrait shots.
Its 5-megapixel front-facing camera also includes portrait mode. The Onyx's camera comes with features such as HDR and auto light-sensing night mode, which let you take brighter and clearer pictures, the company says. The latter two features are standard for pricier handsets, but not a given when you get to the lower end of the price spectrum.
Alcatel Onyx specs
- 5.5-inch 1,440x720-pixel display
- Dual 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras with portrait mode
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera
- 1.5GHz MediaTek quad-core processor
- 32GB onboard storage
- 2GB of RAM
- Up to 128GB microSD storage
- 3,000mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- Fingerprint reader