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Alcatel Onyx for Cricket Wireless is even cheaper than we hoped: $120

The prepaid phone comes with a 5.5-inch display, two rear cameras and 32GB of internal storage.

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Cricket Wireless, AT&T's prepaid arm, will sell the Alcatel Onyx for $120.

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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. 

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The Alcatel Onyx can take portrait shots from both front and rear cameras.

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While Cricket is calling the phone an exclusive, the Alcatel Onyx is a variant of the Alcatel 1X budget device that we saw at CES. 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.

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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

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