Alcatel 7
Source: Alcatel

French brand Alcatel released a host of budget smartphones in 2018, the last one of them is the Alcatel 7, priced at $179.99 exclusively on MetroPCS.
At first glance, the Alcatel 7 appears to be a great deal – a substantial 4,000mAh battery, dual rear cameras, both face unlock and a fingerprint sensor, and a 2.5GHz MediaTek octocore processor, plus a supposed 28-hour talk time and 10.5-hour non-stop video streaming. It’s a tall, slim smartphone with a 6-inch full HD+ display that has an 18:9 aspect ratio. It comes with a 32GB expandable storage and a 2GB RAM. It also comes equipped with the Alcatel-exclusive CloserTV app that gathers all your favourite online streaming services and cable TV in one place. This enables you to access content across all your subscriptions in a single app.
All of this seems pretty appealing, but feature specifications can be deceptive. The Alcatel 7 runs on Android Oreo 8.1, which isn’t the latest Android OS. While the octocore processor is on paper better than other smartphones in this price range, the Alcatel 7 is actually annoyingly slow – the apps take forever to open, the keyboard lingers on the screen for an extra second or so after you’re done using it, and other such issues that bring the overall experience down. The rear cameras do not have a very good quality, being only 12MP and 2MP, the MediaTek processor is an old, mid-tier model, the 28-hour talk time rating is only for 3G, and the face unlock does not work well.
A much better Android smartphone in the same price range would be the Huawei Honor 7x. Priced at $199, the Honor 7x also comes with a full screen 18:9 aspect ratio, while having a much better camera and processor.
For those of you who are willing to spend a little more, the Moto G6 and Nokia 6.1 are great options, priced at $249 and $269 respectively.


  1. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “By nature, men are nearly alike by practice, they get to be wide apart.” by Confucius.


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