Big specs for a budget phone?
162 x 76 x 8.05mm
2K (2160 X 1080 pixels) IPS
Rear camera: 12MP (Up to 16MP) + 2MP (depth), Flash
Front camera: 5MP (Up to 8MP), Front Flash
Features: RT-Bokeh, Refocus, HDR, panorama, EIS, Night Mode, Burst Shot, Instant Collage, Face Beauty, Selfie Album, PDAF, ZSL, Time-Lapse, Snapshot in Video Recording, Video Stabilization, Real-Time Photo Filters, Real-Time Video Filters, Manual mode, Selfie Flash Light UI switch, Snap Shoot, Photo Booth, Easy Share
Gyro (Compatible with: Hall Switch)
16GB ROM + 2GB RAM
GPRS, EDGE, HSPA+: 42 Mbps downlink, 11 Mbps uplink
4G LTE Cat 4: 150 Mbps downlink, 50 Mbps uplink
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
GPS with A-GPS
Available with both single SIM & dual SIM dual standby
So looking at the specs above and the price point of the phone, which starts at around £90 on Pay as you Go contracts or £149 from independent vendors, you may well be impressed. But does it live up to the spec sheet?
Well yes and no, let’s talk about that.
The Alcatel 3V has a gorgeous screen, with a full 6 inch, 18:9, 2K IPS panel, it has vivid imagery and really shows off the colourful palette of the display capabilities.
Everything is crisp, saturated and it makes watching YouTube and playing games a great experience.
While not QUITE up to par with other mid-high end phones, it is within the top 1% of budget phone screens I’ve experienced in the last few months.
The battery is also rather good, lasting a full day before needing a charge, with the screen just over half brightness which is more than enough for daily use.
There are a couple of ways to unlock the Alcatel 3V, other than the usual pattern / pin.
Fingerprint scanning is available on the rear, under the dual cameras, as well as there being face scanning on the front.
The face scanner works well, although slightly slower than competitors, it takes only a couple of seconds to fully unlock, while the fingerprint scanner is a speedier unlock, pretty much instantly.
This bring us to the cameras of this device, it houses dual cameras on the rear, along with dual tone flash. The rear cameras are 12mp for the main sensor and 2mp for the depth sensor.
Photos are adequate, although tending to look underexposed even in bright daylight, but more than enough for quick social sharing.
You retain decent sharpness, although it can start looking a bit grainy in areas of extreme detail like hair.
You can utilise the real time bokeh effect or Refocus, which uses the 2mp depth sensor to create an artificial bokeh or change the focus point post-shooting. When used in perfect conditions, these can look quite cool and interesting.
Although these are rather gimmicky in comparison to the more thorough implementations of more prominent brands.
When it comes to the front facing camera, it is a 5mp offering that provides decent quality images for Snapchat, social media or the odd group photo.
You do want to be aware of the selfie beauty mode, it can tend to try to want to erase too much detail, but when used right it provides a nice smooth effect to skin.
On the upper end of the budget camera scale for sure.
As for video, you are limited to 1080p on the rear cameras and 720p on the selfie camera. The quality again is adequate, nothing to rave about at this price point, although they do tend to look over-sharpened and slightly grainy on the front facing camera.
Onto sound, the Alcatel 3V has one speaker (although the dual set of drilled holes either side of the charging port make you think otherwise), which handles itself quite well but lends to a rather tinny audio experience when pushed.
So while you won’t be the centre of the party blasting your music, it is perfectly fine for showing off a random YouTube video to a friend.
Gaming is gorgeous on this phone but it is an area where the 2GB RAM does show it’s limitations, with the occasional hiccup and lag. Nothing TOO bad but it is there.
For most general gaming habits it will be absolutely fine, but for hardcore gamers it will struggle.
You also have to be aware the handset under heavy load does get hot, not just warm but I feel like you could re-heat your tea with it.
For the price point the Alcatel 3V is a really attractive prospect, super wide screen with beautiful colours, sharpness, decent sound, above average cameras, fingerprint and face scan unlock and casual gaming abilities.
Definitely one to look at if you are in the market for a budget friendly phone that can do it all.
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