The phones in question are the Alcatel 3, 3X, 3V, 5T and the 1X, all of which are generally affordable smartphones that still come with a little bit of premium for the cost-conscious buyer.
The folks at HMD Global may be working on showing us an entry-level Nokia smartphone that runs on Android Oreo (Go Edition) and even optimizing another one that already exists to access the same features but so far, we have not heard anything from them. Here's an overview of all the devices.
At the budget end of the range is the Alcatel 1X, this first device in the all-new 1 Series. The LCD display is an 18:9 panel which has a 1440×720 resolution. The interpolation works for the front camera as well, Neowin reports. Some models will be without a fingerprint sensor and instead rely on Alcatel's "Face Key" facial recognition software. The phone features a MediaTek MT8735A quad-core SoC with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It will be running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. It also sports a 3,000mAh battery, which isn't half bad given the price-tag. The Alcatel 3 will be available starting March at a price of 149.99 euros (approximately Rs 11,900). They all have numerous same features, like the 18:9 FullView display, facial recognition, and a commitment to Android software updates, but there are a few key differences depending on which model you opt for. It is powered by the same processor as the Alcatel 3 with 3Gb of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The camera game on the back outfits a 12-megapixel main sensor with a 2-megapixel secondary sensor for depth of field (bokeh) style effects. Up front, there's a 5-megapixel sensor. There's a 3,000mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and Android Oreo included, too.
It is said to be made available immediately in black, blue and gold colours for about Rs 15,000. It has a 5.3-inch 18:9 screen, but it's only 960×480 in resolution.
Last year, Google announced that they would be reworking Android to support lower-end devices in an initiative called Android Go. It is also the most affordable from the lineup today.
It'll be the first sub-$100AUD device from a major global brand to come with an 18:9 screen. Some other features are 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt storage, quad-core processor, fingerprint sensor and 3000mAh battery.
Based on variants, there is either an 8-megapixel or 13-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front camera. It also includes Google Assistant for Android Go. Ouch. At least the price is certainly cheap checking in at €100 for a single-SIM variant and €110 for a dual-SIM variant.
Thoughts about these new phones from Alcatel? It comes with a fingerprint scanner, but only on a certain model. The 3X is set to only be available in "select markets" and will sell for $179 Euros (approximately $278 CAD), while the 3V costs 189 Euros (about $293 CAD).