There's something intrinsically fascinating about seeing a smartphone that costs a sixth of the price of a $1,000 phone like the iPhone 11 Pro. Especially a device that has three cameras -- one with a 48-megapixel sensor -- and can take advantage of most everything Android has to offer. The latest phone to boast these achievements while keeping costs firmly in the budget zone is the Alcatel 3L, announced at CES 2020 this week. The $155 handset brings cost-conscious buyers the triple rear cameras that are so on-trend, while also looking much more flashy and elegant than you'd expect for a phone of its price.
Its three rear camera setup includes that 48-megapixel camera, whose photos resolve into a 12-megapixel image by combining the sensor's details into a single image that won't hog your phone's storage. There's also a 5-megapixel sensor for ultrawide-angle shots (115 degrees) and a 2-megapixel rear camera with a macro lens.
AI software is on-hand for identifying up to 22 scenes and optimizing them to bring the best color and detail from the shot. This is another popular trend that most premium phones and many midrange phones also use to auto-adjust white balance and other settings so your landscape scene, cat and friends look their best without you requiring you to play around with manual controls.
The Alcatel 3L will sell in "select markets" across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, starting in Q1 for $155, converted from 139 euros (roughly £120 or AU$225).
Believe it or not, the 3L is the most expensive new phone that Alcatel announced. It'll also sell the Alcatel 1S, which has three cameras and a $110 price, the 6.2-inch Alcatel 1V for $88, and the Alcatel 1B Android 10 (Go edition) phone for $66.
TCL also showed off a, a sub-$500 curve-screen phone that and a .
Alcatel 3L specs and features
- 6.22-inch HD Plus Vast display with 19:9 aspect ratio
- 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a flash
- Octa-core processor
- 64GB built-in storage
- 4GB RAM
- Colors: Chameleon blue, dark chrome, agate green