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Lucy Eva is a content writer in Paylessdeal for 4 years, and a part-time contributor focused on the news and features attached to technology. She is always being excited about technology, especially about smartphones.

March 7, 2019

Hands on: Alcatel 3 (2019) review

The latest update of Alcatel 3 2019 in Australia looks like an appropriate budget smartphone. It is trendy in design thanks to a screen-to-body ratio of 82.2% alongside a waterdrop-like notch display. It has a gradient back which we have already seen on a plethora of Oppo and Huawei's smartphones. And all of this is backed up by hardware that seems to punch over a smartphone's budget price tag.

A 5.94-inch HD+ display, a Snapdragon 439 processor, 3GB of RAM with 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable further up to 128GB via microSD card, a 13MP + 5MP rear-camera set-up and a 3,500mAh battery are key specifications of Alcatel 3 2019.

Price and Availability

We have heard that it’ll arrive in a single variant whereas some rumours are indicating that it’ll be landed in two models – 3GB with 32GB and 4GB with 64GB of onboard memory. The Alcatel 3 2019 Price in Australia for 32GB variant is expected to be around AU$254 whereas 64GB will set users back approx. AU$305.

That’s indeed a lot of storage space for the money and on paper, at least, it’s making Alcatel 3 2019 looks like a fascinating mid-range smartphone. As far as Alcatel 3 2019 Release date in Australia is concerned, it’s not announced yet. We will update this article as soon as the more details drop.

Alcatel 3 2019 Specs

As mentioned above, Alcatel 3 2019 Specifications include an excellent combo of 13MP + 5MP rear cameras, 3500mAh non-removable battery, 5.94-inches display screen, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor. Other details are as follow:

  • Dimensions: 151.1 x 69.7 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 145 grams
  • Display Size: 5.94-inches IPS LCD Screen
  • Display Resolution: 720 x 1560 Pixels (289 PPI)
  • Display Protection: Asahi Dragontrail Glass
  • Operating System: Android Oreo 8.1
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • Rear Cameras: 13MP + 5MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Camera Features: LED Flash, HDR, Panorama and more
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS and micro USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Rear-mounted Fingerprint Scanner, Accelerometer, Proximity, and Compass
  • Battery: 3500mAh non-removable
  • Colours: Black to Blue and Violet to White

Design and Display

At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking its price tag is double - if not really more, as compared to what is being asked for. Only a small tear-drop style in the top of the display can interrupt the rounded design with a large display that dominates the phone's face. On the back, a brilliant two-tone case is similar to the expensive Honor and Huawei devices. Two colour options are available, Black to Blue and Violet to White, and there is a headphone jack on it.

Take the Alcatel 3 2019 and you will soon realize that the phone body is polycarbonate brilliant rather than glass or metal which means it's no longer a flagship device. It still sits in the hand nicely and feels solid, although not in the way of grip. The power and volume keys on the right, like the fingerprint scanner on the rear, are easy to reach.

The 5.94 "is large with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a resolution of HD+ (720p). You can see the lack of clarity on the display when closely checking, but at the price, expecting that isn't wrong. With clear, bright images and text, it is still perfectly usable. The tear-drop notch, a size of the front-facing camera is indeed positioned in a notification bar and doesn’t get in the way.


The Alcatel 3 (2019) packs a dual-camera configuration on the back with the main 13MP sensor sitting above a 5MP depth sensing lens. This provides a background blur in a camera portrait mode, and it's serviceable when using it.

It won't take award-winning snaps, though, but at this price point, the camera is good enough. A surprising addition is AR emoji, which enables you to control on-screen character facial expressions. Three animals and two people have to be picked from and the face tracking functions for a budget device surprisingly well.

The AR emoji quality is less than your experience on Apple iPhone XS or Samsung Galaxy S10, and the characters appear to be a bit more moving, but it's fun to use. Automatic scene recognition is another feature packed in the new Alcatel 3 2019 camera. You can detect and adjust 21 different scenes, which will give you the best shot without knowing anything.

Be noted that online sources haven’t yet tested camera functions as well as their captured images quality deeply. Therefore, leaving final remarks in terms of a camera quality would be too prompt.

Performance and Others

Digging down inside, Alcatel 3 2019 comes loaded with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Chipset and either 3GB or 4GB of RAM - depends on which variant you get your hands on.

Without a doubt, that's a decent slug of power for a mid-range smartphone and means that most of the applications can be run without a problem. We recommend that you stay away from graphically intensive games. The light use, however, will give you a super-smooth and silky experience without any lag.

As we have already said, you can also choose between 32GB or 64GB storage, which is once again an impressive amount for the price. Importantly, you can use a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB in size.

Software-wise, Alcatel 3 2019 is running on the outdated version of Android which is Android Oreo 8.1 and it’s not clear when (or if) it will get an upgrade to Android Pie 9.0. To keep things moving all day long, it’s powered by a sizable 3500mAh battery – although, there is no Fast Charging Support.

The Bottom Line

The Alcatel 3 (2019) could be one of the major highlights on the 2019 budget segment, with a good balance of baked features, power, and style for a very attractive price. It's yet to be seen if that beast can manage when backed by numerous apps and games and a camera is passable at best - but a fingerprint scanner, AR emoji, face unlock and a massive display, we don’t think there is anything not to like.


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