Alcatel 1 is a cheap Android Go phone for T-Mobile and AT&T

Alcatel 1 is a cheap Android Go phone for T-Mobile and AT&T
If you only have $80 to spend on an unlocked smartphone, you may want to hear about the Alcatel 1, a brand new handset that's officially launching in the US now. This is an Android Go (Oreo Edition) phone, which means it comes with software optimized for its modest specs - thus, even if the device is super-cheap, it can still provide a smooth user experience.
Sporting a 5-inch display with 480 x 960 pixels and an 18:9 aspect ratio, the Alcatel 1 is pretty small compared to most other smartphones out there. The handset is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 processor aided by 1 GB of RAM. You're also getting a 5MP camera (interpolated to 8MP), a frontal 2MP unit (stretched out to 5MP), a 3.5mm headset jack, a 2,000 mAh battery, and 8 GB of expandable storage space.

The Alcatel 1 is priced at $79.99 and can be used on GSM/LTE carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T, or their prepaid brands. The smartphone is available for order now on Amazon, but it looks like it won't ship for at least a month or so.

This is the second Android Go phone that Alcatel is releasing in the US, after the slightly more expensive (and larger) Alcatel 1X. If you're interested in ordering it, you can find the handset at the source links below.

sources: Amazon, Alcatel

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  • Display 5.0" 480 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(11h 3G talk time)



1. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

This is the cheapest US-bound Android Go device I have seen yet... competitive with the KaiOS devices like the Quickflip, the Nokia 8110 4G, and the Doro 7050.

2. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

But Moto e5 play can be had for that on some carriers.

3. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Yeah because the carrier subsidizes them. I know I can get a Moto E5 Cruise (which is the same as the E5 Play, but at Cricket) for $39.99, but that is only the upgrade pricing (I'm an existing customer), which is mildly subsidized. Retail price on the Moto E5 Cruise is $99.99 without the subsidy. The Alcatel 1 is priced at $79.99 outright full-retail. KaiOS devices are at or under that. The Nokia 8110 4G is basically the same price, owing to the Nokia name, exotic design, excellent build quality, and their limited availability. The Alcatel Quickflip is $59.99 full-retail, but is subsidized to $29.99 on Cricket with either upgrade or new line. The cheap (entry-level) full-Android phones of our day, like the Moto E5 Cruise or the LG Fortune 2, are essentially $100-phones. The Alcatel 1 is an $80-phone, and hopefully more Android Go handsets will settle into this approximate range (I know that Nokia's Android Go handsets basically start at $100 full-retail, and so do many other well-known OEM's Android Go offerings) or below over time. KaiOS devices seem to inhabit the range just under the Android Go handsets, and that is probably the way it should be, too. The Alcatel Quickflip is basically a $60-phone. I'm sure that the Jio Reliance phone is even less expensive. In any case, I hope to see low-end Android Go and KaiOS compete more. If Google brings their new HTML5 apps to more KaiOS handsets than just HMD Global's Nokia 8110 4G, and the Doro 7060, I would be quite pleased.

4. domfonusr

Posts: 1087; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

The more I read about it all, though, the more I fear that KaiOS development in the US will be artificially stagnated due to people trying to prevent KaiOS from competing with Android. There is definitely a perverse incentive here in the States to keep KaiOS as minimal as possible, so that people will look at the $20-gap between Android Go and KaiOS as a minimal barrier-to-entry into the world of smartphones. If they either made KaiOS devices cheaper by another $20, or gave the KaiOS devices the same treatment they are getting outside of the US, ala Google investment and apps, then there would be less incentive to go straight to a $80-$100 smartphone, and thus more choice on the low-end.

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