This time we had to try the Alcatel 3V, a team that was presented to the world in the month of February this year and that comes to complement its catalog of equipment oriented to the mid-range.
The 3V has a screen that reaches 6 inches and that adapts to the trend of 18: 9 screens. Inside, it integrates a quad-core MediaTek processor which is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and is available in 16 and 32GB versions of storage. All of the above is operated by Android 8.0 Oreo.
It has a double main camera of 12 and 2 megapixels with the possibility of recording videos in Full HD, while its front camera is 5 megapixels that is accompanied by an LED flash. It has 4G connectivity, Bluetooth 4.2, MicroUSB port, FM Radio and an internal battery that reaches 3,000 mAh.
We thank Alcatel Chile for providing us with this equipment for this review.
MANUFACTURER, MODEL AND REVIEW DATA
– Alcatel– 3V – 5099A– Initial state: Test unit– Author: Jonathan Munizaga– Team photographs: Jonathan Munizaga– Trial period: June 30 – July 4
– 3G: 850/900/1700 AWS / 1900 / 2100– 4G LTE: B1, B2 CHILE, B3, B4 AWS, B5, B7 CHILE, B8, B12, B13, B17, B28 CHILE– Category LTE CAT 4 150 / 50Mbps – NOT compatible with 4G + – Compatible with VoLTE – Operates natively with Entel, WOM, Movistar and Claro
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
– 6.0-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD + 1080 × 2160 resolution, 18: 9 aspect – MediaTek MT8735A quad-core processor – 2GB RAM memory and 16GB internal storage expandable with MicroSD – Mali-T720MP2 graphics processor – MONO speaker– Bluetooth 4.2– GPS, AGPS– MicroUSB– Rear fingerprint reader– 12 MP main camera with f / 2.2 aperture + 2 MP f / 2.4 aperture, autofocus, LED flash, Full HD Video 30fps.– Front camera 5 MP– Android 8.0 Oreo operating system – 3,000 mAh battery
DOUBLE MAIN CAMERA OF 12 AND 2 MEGAPIXELS
In the section of cameras our protagonist has his own, since it has a double camera whose first sensor is 12 megapixels and the second is 2 MP, this configuration will allow you to take pictures with the famous portrait mode.
The camera application apart from being very easy to use, will also offer you up to 6 capture modes: Auto, Pan, Time Lapse, Social, Light Tracking, and Portrait, in addition to the typical options to enable or disable the HDR, flash, color effects … etc.
The quality of the photographs proved to me to be of a very acceptable quality, especially in the night photos where I expected a lower quality. I leave you with a couple of photographs of evidence:
Like any smartphone, it also has the ability to record video and does so in Full HD 1080p quality at 30 frames per second as maximum quality. Here is a test video:
FACTORY WITH ANDROID 8.0 OREO
The Alcatel 3V has a MediaTek MT8735A quad-core processor and is accompanied by 2GB of RAM. Both are responsible for running their Android 8.0 Oreo operating system, which is accompanied by a layer of customization of the manufacturer.
I would love to say that the performance of the equipment is very good, but unfortunately I did not have that experience, since although its interface moves well and is capable of running applications at a speed according to its range, I have to say that there is too much lag and its interface is not entirely fluid.
Its interface is fine when you are on your home screen or go through part of its configuration menu, but when opening an application like Facebook, the fluency is lost and a lot of lag is seen. The same happens when you lower your status bar, you are seeing Instagram or TwitterThere is even a lag when you go through the photographs captured in the gallery.
I know very well that it is a mid-range team and that most likely the type of person who uses this equipment is not very interested in the issue of slowness, but I am happy to tell you what you are going to find. Hopefully Alcatel improves performance and optimizes it with a future software update, in addition to removing a little bit of the bloatware that it brings too much.
The good thing is that its 3,000 mAh battery that carries this equipment gives you a very good autonomy, since it personally accompanied me throughout the day in which I was testing this equipment, I could even afford not to charge it during the night and continue to occupy it the next day, although at about 3:00 p.m. I was already asked to connect it to its charger.
As you will see the team includes three modes to save battery and thus have greater autonomy than I had in normal mode.
As for security methods, we have the rear fingerprint reader which fulfills its function in a more than acceptable way, in addition it can be assigned gestures so that when you slide your finger on the reader you can lower the status bar (for giving yourself a example).
Now, if the fingerprint reader bores you and you want to be “more fashionable”, the Alcatel 3V has face unlock using its front camera. It will only be enough for you to register your face and thus the team when it recognizes you will be unlocked. In the same way you can have the face unlock and fingerprint reader activated at the same time.
Everything I told you before and other things, I will show you below in the following demo video:
As a negative point to add, I mention your security patch that you have installed, since it corresponds to the month of March 2018, in fact the same operating system puts a yellow exclamation point as a way of warning that the patch is not updated.
6 INCH SCREEN WITH ASPECT 18: 9
The equipment has a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with a Full HD + resolution of 1080 × 2160 pixels, the latter is due to the fact that it has an 18: 9 aspect, the current trend that exists in the screens of the smartphones.
The truth is that I can not complain about the quality of the screen, since it offers you an excellent quality, worthy of an IPS LCD. What you will find will be a screen with vivid colors, good resolution and a brightness that reaches a very high level.
It has effects such as MiraVision to further improve image quality and even allows you to manually control the hue, saturation, contrast, sharpness, among other options.
The 3V has a single speaker which is located at the bottom of the equipment and the sound quality it delivers did not like me at all. It sounds too sharp and in fact annoys the ear a little. The bass sounds are very few to say anything, only the medium and high pitched sounds are highlighted.
The only good thing is that when you put the volume to the maximum it does not saturate as one would expect, but it does bother your ear quite a bit because of the sharp sound it emits.
I leave you with the Alcatel 3V speaker sound test:
And as a comparison, here is the speaker test of the Xiaomi Redmi 5:
Recorded with SHURE MV88 microphone in CARDIOID MONO mode inches from the speaker.
As for audio quality obtained through its 3.5mm jack connector (wired headphones), I found it quite good, with well-known bass and treble, and sufficient volume power, although for the most demanding I tell you that the volume is It is limited by software, since one can perfectly reach the maximum volume without problems.
Personally I tried my own headphones (Xiaomi Hybrid Pro HD) and had the experience that I told you before. However, the team brings its own hands-free headphones and the experience could be different from what I had.
As much as I looked in the menus of the device, I didn't find any application or something that allowed me to improve the audio quality.
ELEGANT DESIGN BUT IT'S A DACTILAR FOOTPRINT MAGNET
When I first saw the Alcatel 3V, I really liked its design, since it was elegant and followed the design we see in high-end equipment. However, when I started using it, I could tell that the backside is a fingerprint magnet, and the worst part is that if you use it a lot, the equipment starts to get half fatty on the back, something that of course I don't taste.
The back is completely plastic, although at first glance it seems that it was glass but it is not. However, the edges are made of aluminum and I will assume that the front is made of glass.
The equipment is 6 inches, therefore, you will find a somewhat large phone. It is a little taller than a Samsung Galaxy S8 + – for giving you a comparison – but it still didn't bother me at the time of using it, although it may be because I'm used to it, and in your case it may take a couple of days to get used to it.
The dimensions are: 162 x 76 x 8.1 mm, while its weight reaches 155 grams. As you will see it is a fairly light equipment, so you will not have problems when you have it in your hands or carry it in a pocket.
The Alcatel 3V is a very complete mid-range smartphone and that for a low price leads you to have a device with double camera and an 18: 9 screen, both trends that were previously seen only in high-end equipment, so far so good .
But unfortunately this team hides another reality and that – from what you saw in the review – is directly related to performance. The Alcatel 3V has suffered a lot with the lag, it is not a team that is very slow and that takes time to open the applications, but when you are sliding through an application or when you are seeing your photos in the gallery, there the displacement effect It looks choppy … a bad known as lag.
I do not know if it is a bad optimization or the internal hardware does little to run a full version of Android Oreo and a screen whose resolution is 1080 × 2160 pixels. Perhaps this equipment should have had a screen with HD 720p resolution so it does not suffer with so much lag.
Obviously this to a person who only seeks to have WhatsApp and calls will probably not matter, but if yours is social networks and a multimedia experience, I recommend you look for other alternatives because with the Alcatel 3V you will not have a good experience in that section.
If you have a good camera, a good screen and a more than acceptable battery life, but its bad performance, your speaker sounds awful and its rear end joins so many tracks that it gets greasy. I am very sorry Alcatel, but you have to improve this equipment a lot to be able to recommend it, for now I would not.
Its price is about $ 215 dollars in the international market, which in turn would be about CLP $ 140,000 approximately, for that price you find alternative improvements. Similarly, the team will be available in Chile in the second half.