Alcatel is not a smartphone brand you instantly associate with the US market, but under TCL's management, which also handles the Western distribution and production of modern BlackBerry devices, the company has gradually built a robust carrier presence over the past year or so.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Alcatel Avalon V is not available through Verizon's prepaid channel, like the dirt-cheap Nokia 2 V
, for instance. That actually makes this the most affordable device you can pair with Big Red's postpaid plans, undercutting the likes of the Moto E5 Play
, LG K20 V, or Moto G6
Obviously, the specifications are largely in line with that $100 price tag, including an unnamed quad-core Qualcomm processor (probably the Snapdragon 425), a painfully small 2,460 mAh battery that's nevertheless billed as capable of keeping the lights on for up to 24 hours between charges, and a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. A bunch of other key details are bizarrely shrouded in mystery, but based on what we know about the Avalon V, this looks extremely similar to the $109 Alcatel 1X Evolve
available at Metro by T-Mobile.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the new guy is a "soft suede" finish that adds a touch of unexpected elegance to an otherwise mediocre package. The Alcatel Avalon V also sports a tall 2:1 5.34-inch "Full View" display that's not exactly a given in its price bracket, although the unspecified resolution is not a very encouraging sign. Something tells us the Verizon-exclusive handset is settling for a modest 960 x 480 pixel
count, as well as an outdated Android Oreo software version.