Alcatel 1 (2021): the cheapest smartphone ever

The Chinese multinational TCL has recently announced the new Alcatel 1 2021, a low-end smartphone whose only real strength lies in the price: just over € 60

The new Alcatel 1 2021 will arrive in Europe ad August with an excessively basic hardware equipment, so as to be able to count on a practically negligible production cost. The memory RAM present on board will be alone 1GB and will support a low-end SoC, the MediaTek MT6739 released in 2017. The presence of Android 11 as an operating system.

Alcatel 1 (2021): the cheapest smartphone ever

Alcatel 1 (2021): technical sheet

Inside the device there are:

  • Display: LCD gives 5″ FWVGA (480 x 960p);
  • CPU: SoC MediaTek MT6739;
  • RAM: 1GB;
  • ROM: 8GB / 16GB for internal storage;
  • rear camera: main from 5MP FF, f/2,4, FOV 76°;
  • front camera: 2MP;
  • connectivity: 4G, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2, jack da 3,5mm, GPS;
  • battery: 2000mAh;
  • dimensions: 137,6 x 65,7 x 9,8mm;
  • weight: 134g;
  • colors: Volcano Black, AI Aqua;
  • YOU: Android 11;
  • Price starting from 64,90€

Alcatel 1 (2021): analysis

It is a smartphone that practically excels in nothing if not in price, the smallest of the entry level range, at least until today. The display 5 ″ LCD has a very low resolution, that is from 480 x 960p, unsuitable for a pleasant use of video content.
The memory RAM gives 1GB it will be limiting for many applications as it will send the system into crisis with a couple of programs open in the background. Forget about multitasking, then. The 8GB/16GB of memory ROM they will run out pretty quickly if you are one of those who download a lot of programs from the Android store.

The battery capacity is 2000mAh, but taking into account that the SoC MediaTek MT6739 it is not energy consuming the full day of operation should be guaranteed. Note of merit for the presence of the 3.5mm jack and especially for the presence of the 4G modem, essential for fast internet browsing. The price is the real reason that can push you to move towards this device, alone 65€ to take home an Android smartphone capable of doing the bare minimum. If you are looking for a secondary mobile phone with which you can only make phone calls, browse the internet as well as use messaging apps, then you should definitely think about this new proposal from TCL.

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