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Alcatel 3V phone has dual cameras, 6-inch screen, sells for $150

You’ll be able to buy it from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.

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Most phones for $150 don't have dual rear cameras like the Alcatel 3V.  

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Long gone are the days when $150 could buy you a phone with trendy features. But the Alcatel 3V brings a portrait mode camera and a big screen with barely any bezels your way for a fraction of the price of most premium handsets.

This super-budget handset has a 6-inch display with a surprisingly high screen resolution -- the same as the much-more-expensive  OnePlus 6  -- and that 18:9 ratio that's so popular right now and makes phones easier to hold and use with one hand.

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The two cameras on the back -- 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel, respectively -- mean that you won't miss out on taking portrait mode photos, same as you can with pricier devices.

Alcatel's 3V is part of a new strategy for Chinese parent company TCL Communication, which is best known for making budget and midrange phones. Alcatel promises that handsets in the 3-series will cost under 200 euros, or roughly $245. There's also a somewhat pricier 5-series (under 300 euros) and an even more wallet-friendly 1-series (under 100 euros), with phones that have much more basic specs.

Although you won't be able to buy the Alcatel 3V through a carrier, you can pick it up at Amazon on May 29, and later at Best Buy and Walmart . The phone will work with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile .

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Alcatel 3V specs

  • 6-inch screen, 2,160x1,080-pixel display with an 18:9 ratio
  • 12-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras
  • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1.45GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735A processor
  • Up to 128GB of storage
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Dimensions: 5.59x2.76x0.33 in.
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Fingerprint reader on the back