TCL's Alcatel 1X is the first Android Oreo (Go Edition) smartphone

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The Alcatel 1X has minimal specs: quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5.3-inch 960 x 480 display. The 1X runs a version of Android Oreo created to bring premium features to low-priced devices. The Alcatel 5 also offers facial recognition for authentication and a programmable fingerprint sensor for quick-launching your most-used apps with the scan of a finger. The 114 grams weighing phone measures 152.3 x 71.1 x 8.4 mm. The 3V's primary lens is 12 megapixels to the 3X's 13, and the 3V's secondary camera is 2-MP to the 3X's 5-MP. The device is equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. More specifically, the Alcatel 5 features a 5.7-inch 1440×720 pixel screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

The larger tablet is also offered with an optional Bluetooth keyboard and cover, to make it useful as a PC replacement for basic tasks - that's pretty much where the similarities end with the iPad Pro, as the 1.3GHz quad core chipset and 1GB of RAM are going to creak under pressure. Unlike the Alcatel 5, the Alcatel 5 will be running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo. Some models will be without a fingerprint sensor and instead rely on Alcatel's "Face Key" facial recognition software. The 3V is €190, the 3X is €180 and the entry-level model 3 is €150.The 3V has a rear-facing dual-lens camera system and costs less than the 5 series model.

On the camera front, there is a 12MP + 2MP dual rear cameras and a 5MP single selfie camera. An even cheaper version, the 1C, is a 3G variant in the 1 series lineup and will be available from April in Metal Black, Blue, and Gold for €89.99 (approx $110). The 7-inch variant will have a resolution of 1024×600 and go on sale for €70 in spring while the 10-inch variant will go on sale for €100 with 1280×800 resolution. It also has a face scanning and unlock feature.

Puzzling is the fact that only the 3 and 3V are running Android Oreo.

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Alongside that, there's the Alcatel 3-series.

The Alcatel 3V gets a bigger, 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio with an IPS 2.5D curved display that packs a 2K resolution (2160×1080 pixels). But it does feature a handful of trimmed down apps like YouTube Go and Assistant Go that don't quite have all the features of their full versions but they do get the job done.

At the end of 2017, the Internet giant Google promised that in the first quarter of 2018 will see the light of the world's first smartphone based on the new Android OS Go. There's 16GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot if you need more storage, a 2,460mAh battery powering the whole package, and a fingerprint sensor on select models.

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