|Launch Date||May 31, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v8.0 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Spectrum Black, Spectrum Gold|
|Screen Size||6.0 inches (15.24 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels|
|Pixel Density||402 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||75.46 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.45 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||32 GB|
|USB OTG Support||yes|
|Resolution||8 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||4616 x 3464 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recording||1280x720 @ 30 fps|
|TalkTime||Up to 6 Hours(4G) / Up to 9 Hours(3G) / Up to 14.3 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Rear|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
The Alcatel 3V is a pretty good budget smartphone as it comes with a Full HD+ resolution display but the size can be on the bigger side for some users. It has an ergonomic design, stable interface, decent battery life, good camera system and fairly good overall performance. However, it does not have fast charging and comes with a hybrid slot for SIM and microSD cards. So if you want to purchase a big display smartphone in this budget, then go for the Alcatel 3V. If you want to check out the competition, then have a look at the Redmi Note 5, Honor 9 Lite and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1.
Alcatel 3V, a modern budget smartphone from the house of Alcatel, was launched in India back in May 2018. It packs a gorgeous 18:9 display and comes with the latest Oreo OS. The 3V looks quite sharp and comes with a promising hardware lineup. So let us find out in our Alcatel 3V review if it can make a place for itself in the overcrowded budget smartphone segment in India. Although, take a quick look at the specifications of the phone first before diving into the full review.
The Alcatel 3V runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS and is powered by a MediaTek MT8735A quad-core processor and 3GB RAM. The phone boasts of a 6-inch Full HD+ display and packs in a 3000mAh battery under its hood. There is 32GB of internal memory onboard but you can also expand it further up to 128GB. In the camera department, we get a 12 megapixel primary camera along with a 2 megapixel secondary camera at the back and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back as well. The 3V has 4G VoLTE connectivity along with Dual SIM support. Other options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. The Alcatel 3V features a lot of sensors such as gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors.
The Alcatel 3V might be a budget smartphone but it looks very stylish and premium. It has a metallic design and it is completely made up of metal. The design is modern and bezel-less but the chin on top and bottom is quite thick. The overall look is premium and the build quality is good. It weighs quite less (155 grams) and is quite slim (8.05mm). It is not the most compact phone out there as it comes with a big display and hence you have to use both of your hands to use the device. The rounded edges give a proper grip and you will not drop the tablet easily. The back cover has an ergonomic design with a glossy texture.
Starting with the front side first, there is a 6-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, couple of sensors and earpiece. The phone comes with three on-screen touch buttons for navigation, so there are no buttons below the display. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port, primary microphone and loudspeaker while the 3.5mm headphone jack and secondary microphone are located at the top. The hybrid slot for SIM and microSD card and power/lock button are on the right while the left side has the volume rocker. Turning towards the back, we have the dual cameras sitting at the middle top in a vertical arrangement along with the LED flash on its right. The fingerprint sensor and Alcatel branding are found alligned below the cameras. The back cover is non-removable but a 3000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath it. Overall, the Alcatel 3V has a modern design along with good hardware.
The Alcatel 3V packs in a 6-inch IPS display, which has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+). It is a big, modern, bezel-less display with the best possible resolution. The display is bright and comes with decent viewing angles. The colors are very sharp and vivid. The brightness and contrast levels are good. The images, texts and videos look quite crisp. The display has moderately good sunlight legibility as well and since it comes with an ambient light sensor, the brightness gets adjusted automatically according to the lighting conditions. It is perfect for viewing content and playing games. There is no branded protection like Corning Gorilla Glass or Dragontrail glass on top of the display but it has a generic 2.5D curved glass protection which saves it from daily wear and tear.
The touch response of the 3V is very fluid and smooth because of the good quality display, fluid interface and 2.5D curved glass. Overall, the Alcatel 3V sports one of the best budget displays in this segment that is apt for viewing high definition content and playing games.
In terms of performance, the Alcatel 3V is powered by a MediaTek MT8735A quad-core processor along with 3GB RAM. It is a low-end chipset but it can handle most of the general day-to-day processes with ease. Most of the popular apps and games load up quickly but heavy apps and games face some lag and frame drops. The 3GB RAM provides a good multitasking experience and you can perform light multitasking by running more than five or more apps simultaneously. We did not see visible UI lags as well but occasionally there was some stuttering here and there. You can easily play the normal 3D games without facing any lag but the high-end games will lag a bit. The 3V comes with 32GB of internal memory, out of which around 25GB of free space was available after first boot. You can increase it up to 128GB by adding a microSD card but we get a hybrid slot. The fingerprint sensor is located at the back and it works quickly.
Talking about connectivity, the 3V from the house of Alcatel supports Dual SIM (nano) and is of course 4G VoLTE enabled. The 3000mAh battery (non-removable) under its hood gives a decent battery life. You can use the phone for just about a day with casual to moderate usage. Also, there is no fast charging support.
Overall, the Alcatel 3V is a good performer but it is not the best in its segment.
The Alcatel 3V features dual rear cameras (12 megapixel primary camera and 2 megapixel secondary camera). However, they are 16 megapixel and 5 megapixel in reality due to interpolation by software. It can click decent images in natural outdoor lighting conditions. The color saturation is neutral and the photos look natural. The colors look lively and vivid. Now coming to the low light environments, the images have some amount of noise and grain. The focusing is fairly quick and accurate as well. HDR photos look good and is the best mode for clicking landscape images. Macro shots have a decent amount of depth of field effect too. The secondary lens can click portrait images and they look good if clicked in natural daylight. There is a 5 megapixel selfie camera (interpolated to 8 megapixel) on the front and it can take good selfies.
The camera app of the 3V has a simple interface and thus it is easy to use. It comes with various shooting modes along with a professional mode. However, we would suggest you to use the Auto mode as it works for most lighting conditions. The primary camera can shoot Full HD videos and the quality is above average. Overall, the Alcatel 3V has a good camera department.
The loudspeaker of the Alcatel 3V is located on the right bottom. The left bottom also has the identical speaker holes but they act as primary microphone and we do not get a stereo setuo. The quality is quite good and the speaker is loud as well. Also, there is no distortion at the highest volume levels. Since the speaker is present at the bottom, the audio gets muffled when the phone is held by our hands while playing games or watching videos. We get a native music app but we would surely suggest you to download a third-party app like Google Play Music to get the optimal music experience as it offers additional features.
Now coming to the video watching experience on the 3V, you can play both HD or Full HD videos without any lag but it will struggle with Ultra HD or 4K videos. It does come with earphones but it is very average in quality and hence we would suggest you to get a good set of earphones to get the best audio experience. Overall, the Alcatel 3V offers a decent audio and video experience.
The Alcatel 3V runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box. It is the latest OS from the house of Google but you should not expect any major OS update from Alcatel in the future since most budget smartphones and tablets do not get any update whatsoever. Talking about the performance of the UI, it is fluid and smooth for most of the activities, tasks and processes. We did not feel any lag or stuttering during day-to-day usage. However, it had minor hiccups running heavy games or apps. It is mostly stock Android like and the company has not put any custom layer on top of the OS. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you do not want to use them. In case you are not a fan of stock Android, then you can surely install any third-party theme to change the look of the interface.
Overall, the Alcatel 3V has a very stable interface in the form of Oreo OS.