Mobile Phones Android Alcatel Phones: All You Need to Know The history and details of the 1, 3, and 5 series By Molly McLaughlin Writer, Editor Molly K. McLaughlin has been a technology writer since 2004. Her work has appeared on PCMag, Dealnews, Wirecutter, and many others. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Molly McLaughlin Updated June 01, 2018 Alcatel 3 smartphones. Android Switching from iOS Tweet Share Email At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2018, Alcatel announced three new series of Android phones including the Alcatel 1 series. The smartphones are entry-level and mid-range phones available around the world, but not necessarily in the U.S. Notably, all fives phone launched at MWC have an 18:9 aspect ratio, which you don't usually see on lower-end models. This aspect ratio makes better use of large screens, especially those with slim bezels. The Alcatel 1 series is not to be confused with the Alcatel One Touch series prepaid phones, which are available through Cricket Wireless in the U.S. Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3X, and Alcatel 3V Alcatel 3v. Alcatel 3VDisplay: 6.0-in IPS LCDResolution: 1080x2160 @ 402ppiFront camera: 5 MPRear camera: Dual 12 MP/2 MPCharger type: micro USBInitial Android version: 8.0 OreoFinal Android version: UndeterminedRelease Date: February 2018 The Alcatel 3, 3X, and 3V are similar looking phones in three sizes, and some differences in features and specs. The largest smartphone is the Alcatel 3V, which has a 6-inch screen with the highest resolution of the bunch. All three phones come with either 16 or 32 GB of storage and have a memory card slot. Each also has an 18:9 aspect ratio to make the most of their large screens. The dual cameras in the 3V and 3X enable the bokeh effect, which creates a pleasing blur quality in the background of photos. The Alcatel 3X is right in the middle: 5.7-in IPS LCD with a resolution of 720x1440 @ 282ppiDual 13 MP/5 MP rear cameraShips with Android 7.1 OreoReleased in April 2018 The Alcatel 3 is the smallest: 5.5-in IPS LCD with a resolution of 720x1440 @ 293ppi13 MP rear cameraReleased in April 2018 Alcatel 1X Alcatel 1X smartphones. Display: 5.3-in IPS LCDResolution: 480x960 @ 203ppiFront camera: 5 MPRear camera: 13 MP or 8 MP, depending on the marketCharger type: micro USBInitial Android version: 8.1 Oreo or 8.1 Oreo Go Edition, depending on the marketFinal Android version: UndeterminedRelease Date: April 2018 The 1X is the first phone in the Alcatel 1 series, and it comes in a few variations, depending on the market. Most run Android Oreo Go Edition, the OS for low-end phones, though some run regular Android. Some versions of the phone don't have a fingerprint sensor for some reason, while others do. The primary camera's resolution also varies. The 1X is Alcatel's entry-level affordable handset and comes with only 16 GB of storage, but it also has a card slot. Alcatel 5 Alcatel 5 smartphone. Display: 5.7-in IPS LCDResolution: 720x1440 @ 282ppiFront camera: Dual 13 MPRear camera: 12 MPCharger type: USB-CInitial Android version: 7.1 NougatFinal Android version: UndeterminedRelease Date: February 2018 The Alcatel 5 has a USB-C port, unlike the other phones discussed here, and comes with 32 GB of storage and a card slot. The large 18:9 screen is surrounded by a skinny bezel, giving it a premium look. It has a fingerprint sensor underneath the rear camera, and a face unlock feature.