MWC 2018: Alcatel announces complete 18:9 range of smartphones


TCL Communication, the company behind the Blackberry and Alcatel brands, has announced what it claims is the world’s first 18:9 shaped Smartphone portfolio.

Alcatel will be the world’s first brand to deliver the immersive 18:9 display experience across each of its series (pictured above), made possible by using custom-built displays leveraging parent company TCL’s award-winning television technology.

The Alcatel FullView18:9 displays also reduces the width of the phone, making each device feel smaller and easier to hold than comparable devices with the same display size.

The portfolio also features all-new Alcatel experiences such as Face Key, a facial recognition technology, and enhanced camera options that give users more control over how they capture their pictures

Additionally, TCL Communication will be offering regular Android security updates, on a minimum quarterly basis, on its most popular smartphones, including its all-new 2018 devices.

Says Christian Gatti, Global President Alcatel Business Division and Executive Vice President TCL Communication:

“As we introduce an all-new direction for our smartphone portfolio, we remain focused and committed to pushing the boundaries of what an affordably priced smartphone can be, providing even richer experiences and flagship-style designs for our customers around the globe.


Geared towards everyday lifestyle, the Alcatel 5 sports a bezel-less 5.7-inch Alcatel FullView 18:9 display, premium brushed metallic unibody design, octa-core processor and fast charging, which cuts smartphone battery charging time by half.

It also includes a dual front camera with 120-degree super wide-angle with LED flash for selfies. The intelligent camera intuitively switches from portrait mode to super wide-angle mode when it detects more than 2 faces in the shot.

The Alcatel 5 comes with a suite of intuitive photo editing tools called Social Mode. With Social Square, you can review recently captured photos in one half of the screen, while the camera viewfinder remains active in the other half. This enables customers to review pictures as quickly as they take them, while making it possible to take new pictures at the same time.

Instant collage lets you mash up your best shots into pre-set arrangements. Each section of the collage is taken one-by-one using the camera viewfinder and shifts to the next shape as you progress through the collage. Photo booth brings back those nostalgic photo moments from the fair or friends’ parties by taking four pictures in a row, one shot per second.

The Alcatel 5 features Face Key so that you can easily unlock your device by simply glancing at the screen.  In addition, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back which doubles as a shutter key when taking selfies and keeping sensitive information locked away in privacy mode. 

The Alcatel 5 is now available in select markets in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold for 229.99 Euros.


The Alcatel 3 series also boasts Alcatel FullView 18:9 display, SmartCam, Face Key and fingerprint sensors. On board the Alcatel 3 is a 5.5-inch IPS HD+ display. It’s available from March in three colours: Spectrum Black, Blue and Gold.

The Alcatel 3X offers a larger 5.7-inch IPS HD+ display, more memory and a super wide angle dual rear camera. Available from April onwards in three colours (Metallic Black, Blue and Gold), it costs 179 Euros. 

The Alcatel 3V features a 6-inch 2K (2160×1080) display combined with a real time dual real camera. 

Available now in three colours (Spectrum Black, Blue and Gold), it costs 149.99 Euros. 


The 1-series is Alcatel’s most affordable lineup, including the Alcatel 1X, the first sub 100 Euro device from a major global brand with a 18:9 screen.

It comes with premium modern soft touch finishing, 5.3-inch 18:9 display and rear camera up to 16 MP. It will be available from April in three colours: Black, Blue and Gold in a satiny finish.



Chris Price
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