With screens of 4, 5 and 6 inches, Alcatel has phones priced from 499 reais
Alcatel launched on Tuesday (19) their new cheap smartphones for the Brazilian market. The Pixi 4 line of devices have screens 4 to 6 inches and affordable, 499-899 reais.
To reduce costs, Alcatel had to make some changes: put older and limited capabilities of flash memory processors, betting on Android 6.0 Marshmallow feature that unifies internal storage with a memory card.
The four smartphones have front cameras with LED flash, support for two chips, MediaTek processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of memory with microSD included, depending on the model. They will be fully produced in Brazil, reinforcing the company’s focus in the country, which already ranks fourth in smartphone sales – in Latin America, Alcatel is deputy leader.
Pixi 4 of 4 Inches
Cheapest of all, the Pixi has 4 settings that resemble the basic smartphone 2013 or 2014: it brings quad-core processor MediaTek MT6580M 1.3 GHz, 4-inch screen with resolution of 800 × 480 pixels, 3G and 8 GB of storage. The battery has low capacity of 1,500 mAh.
The all plastic design is not impressive, and the back cover has gaps, but nothing short of what we would expect for a very low cost device. At least Alcatel maintained good numbers in cameras: the rear sensor is 8 megapixels, and the front camera takes 5-megapixel selfies, complete with an LED flash.
The suggested retail price is $ 499, but the very Alcatel offers discount for cash payments in your online store, where the device comes out for $ 419 – it’s hard to find something better in the same price range. A more expensive variant, with metallic capes, goes for R $ 549.
Pixi 4 of 5 Inches (3G and 4G)
In the 5-inch range, Alcatel offers two variants: one with 3G (R $ 699) and one with 4G (R $ 799). This is the hardware:
- Screen: 5 inches with a resolution of 854 × 480 pixels;
- Cameras: 8-megapixel (rear) and 8 megapixel (front);
- Processor: MT6580M quad-core 1.3 GHz (3G) or MT6735M 1.0 GHz (4G);
- RAM: 1 GB;
- Storage: 8 GB;
- Memory card included: 8 GB (3G) and 16 GB (4G);
- Battery: 2000 mAh.
Interestingly, the 3G model is able to tune into digital TV, but not 4G, despite being 100 more expensive real. According to Alcatel, Brazilian consumers often see digital TV as a welcome feature, but not as a differential of purchase, you would pay more, so there is no big compromises here.
Pixi 4 to 6 Inches
The Pixi 4 of 6 inches is the only one who does not bring Android 6.0 factory Marshmallow – the update, the company said, should come “in three or four months,” to enjoy the memory of 24 GB (8 internal GB and 16 GB microSD).
Priced at $ 899, Alcatel is one of the few that work with large screens and small prices – even more aggressive manufacturers like Asus, are with values above the thousand reais to 6-inch devices. But the low price comes with a screen with low resolution (960 × 540 pixels), which impairs somewhat the user experience, especially when browsing the web, on pages with smaller fonts where the serration is quite remarkable.
Incidentally, the processor is a MediaTek MTK8321. He has a different number of others (which always start with 6), because, originally, the chip is designed for 3G tablets, not smartphones. The platform is also old: it is a 1.3 GHz quad-core chip with Cortex-A7 cores, the same used in the old Snapdragon 400.
Even with high dollar and economic crisis, the question that remains, in all models, it is worth sacrificing so many hardware components to continue offering low prices.
4:06 inch devices are already available in the online store of Alcatel. The 5-inch model will hit stores in the first half of the year.