Party like it's 2011 with AT&T's ultra-affordable Alcatel Tetra

Party like it's 2011 with AT&T's ultra-affordable Alcatel Tetra
Budget-friendly smartphones have come a long way over the past few years, with as little as $200 being enough to score you more than decent hardware and modern software these days in devices like the Moto G6 Play, Honor 7X, or Nokia 6.

Even $100 can get you a robust unlocked handset like the Nokia 2 with a 1280 x 720 screen in tow, as well as a massive 4,100 mAh battery. But if you only have $39.99 to spend, you’ll need to settle for the Alcatel Tetra’s much smaller cell and pretty cringeworthy display resolution.

This is the latest low-profile addition to the AT&T Prepaid handset lineup, with online sales already underway, and physical stores to follow on Friday, September 14.

The number one compromise you’ll have to learn to live with if you purchase the Alcatel Tetra is a 5-inch screen teleported straight out of 2011. That’s not even a joke, as the brand-new Tetra reminds us of Samsung’s ancient Galaxy S II with its painfully outdated 854 x 480 display pixel count. Worse still, the S II was significantly smaller, thus boasting a higher ppi density than the AT&T-exclusive Alcatel Tetra.

Party like it's 2011 with AT&T's ultra-affordable Alcatel Tetra

Fortunately, the rest of the specifications are not quite as bad. Okay, the 2,050 mAh battery is pretty bad. And the quad-core MediaTek MT6739WM processor is not great either. But at $39.99, you could do a lot worse than the 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage space, and Android 8.1, yes, 8.1 Oreo software offered by the Tetra out the box.

Marketed as “sleek and durable”, the phone looks pretty generic and bland in its official renders, although some cash-strapped buyers might be able to appreciate the “unique twill-textured back” providing “comfort and style.” You also get unsurprisingly mediocre 5MP rear-facing and 2MP front-facing cameras. No fingerprint sensor, obviously, and no trendy AI functionality.

source: AT&T via Phonescoop

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Tetra
  • Display 5.0" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1100 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2050 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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4 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1727; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I liked my Nexus One, if this is anything like it, it's good enough.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

It's all the phone that some people need.

3. ebfields

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

It's good enough as a basic backup phone. It's the phone to take to overcrowded parties. You lose it, no pain.

4. tokuzumi

Posts: 1800; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Do a comparison video of this and the Galaxy S2, and let us know which device is better. Put your money where your mouth is, PhoneArena!

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