Which Alcatel phone is right for you?

They might not be a big household name, but Alcatel has been manufacturing mobile phones since 1996. They are renowned for being one of the most affordable producers of smartphones to date, so if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the higher-end brands, take a look at our recommendations below. 

Last updated: 1st Mar 2021 at 2:00pm

Best overall - Alcatel 3X (2020)

Released as a revised version of the 2019 3X, the 2020 model is the best Alcatel phone on the market right now due to its long-lasting battery life, powerful quad camera, and audio flexibility. At only £150, the price is astounding for the technical features it has on offer. 

5,000mAh battery life

Quad camera

Bluetooth 5.0 and 3.5mm headphone jack
 

No 5G

No IP rating - unknown waterproof capability
 

Release date

June 2020

Cost

Around £150

Display

6.52 inch HD display

720 x 1600 resolution

Size

165 x 75 x 9.09mm

Cameras

Rear = 16MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP

Front = 8MP

Processor

Octa-Core 

Memory

64GB ROM + 4GB RAM

Battery

5,000mAh

Colours

Jewelry Black, Jewelry Green

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No


Largest screen - Alcatel 3C

The Alcatel 3C offers the largest screen of all Alcatel models, perfect for gamers, film fanatics, or those with poorer visibility. The screen is a huge 6.7 inches and gives you a full HD display. To pair with whatever you’re watching, you have the choice of listening wired or wirelessly, with the choice of the 3.5mm headphone jack or Bluetooth. 

6.7 inch HD Full View Display

3,000mAh battery life

Dual stereo speakers
 

No 5G

Low quality cameras

Not waterproof
 

Release date

February 2019

Cost

£50 - £100 from various online retailers

Display

6.7 inch HD Full View Display

720 x 1440 resolution

Size

173.4 x 83.4 x 8.1mm

Cameras

Rear = 8MP

Front = 5MP

Processor

Quad-Core

Memory

16GB ROM + 2GB RAM

Battery

3,000mAh

Colours

Black, Gold

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No 


Smallest screen - Alcatel Pixi 3

Smartphones with small screens are perfect for people who don’t want a huge device taking up space in their pocket or bag. Though not suitable for people with poor visibility or those who use their smartphone for a lot of tasks, small phones are usually cheaper and simpler to use. They are good devices for younger people, like children starting off with their first smartphone, as the system is usually relatively basic.

The Alcatel Pixi 3 has a small but usable 3.5 inch display, and is worth considering if you want something a bit more pocket-sized. 

Portable and travel-friendly 

Lightweight

Bluetooth 4.0
 

No 4G or 5G

Low performing cameras

Small storage
 

Release date

March 2015

Cost

£20

Display

3.5 inch display

320 x 480 resolution 

Size

112.2 x 62 x 11.9mm

Cameras

Rear = 2MP

Front = VGA front-facing

Processor

1.0GHz dual-core MediaTek processor

Memory

512MB ROM + 4GB RAM

Battery

1,300mAh

Colours

White, Gold, Volcano Black 

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No


Best for photography - Alcatel 1S (2020) 

The 2020 release of the 1S brought with it a host of smart technology to enhance its features, particularly built-in AI technology to create clearer, more stable images. The triple rear cameras are great if you’re a fan of taking pictures, and the 5MP Selfie Camera is handy for those Instagram-worthy snaps. 

3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth 5.0

Large battery capacity 

AI technology
 

No 5G

Not waterproof
 

Release date

May 2020

Cost

£130

Display

6.22 inch HD Vast Display

720 x 1520 resolution 

Size

158.7 x 74.6 x 8.45mm

Cameras

Triple rear = 13MP + 2MP + 5MP

Front = 5MP

Processor

Octa-Core

Memory

32GB ROM + 3GB RAM

Battery

4,000mAh

Colours

Agate Green, Power Grey

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No


The Alcatel 3L has similar photographic AI technology, and is available to purchase from Asda mobile for £120.
 

Best for budget - Alcatel 1C

Although all of Alcatel’s smartphones are budget-friendly and drastically cheaper than the likes of Apple and Samsung, the Alcatel 1C is one of the best prices for the features it has on offer. Though it only has two relatively low MP cameras, the 5" screen is a decent size and its quad core processor is surprisingly fast.

Cheap - no more than £50

Fast processor for its price

Modest battery life 
 

No 5G

Low performing cameras

Not waterproof
 

Release date

January 2019

Cost

£49 from Asda mobile

Display

5 inch Full View Display

480 x 960 resolution

Size

136.6 x 65.3 x 9.95mm

Cameras

Rear = 5MP

Front = 2MP

Processor

Quad core

Memory

8GB ROM + 1GB RAM

Battery

2,050mAh

Colours

Black, Red, White

Water resistance 

No IP rating

5G compatibility 

No


More smartphones

Alcatel is a great budget brand. The main areas they usually suffer in compared to the big name manufacturers is their camera quality and battery capacity. If you don’t mind grainier photos, or don’t take a lot to begin with, then an Alcatel model is most likely your best choice for saving money

If you’ve now decided Alcatel isn’t for you, take a look at some of our other brands in this series: 

And keep an eye out on Asda mobile’s online store to find your next phone.  

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