A new smartphone A3 XL by Alcatel made its debut at CES 2017 in Las Vegas amidst many other launches. The A3 XL is the flagship product of a new 'A-series' of Alcatel, a brand under the ownership of TCL. The large-screened handset is another addition to the ‘budget-yet-premium’ category of phones which seem to be the flavour of this season.
The most significant feature of the phone is its size, as it sports an enormous 6-inch IPS LCD panel, though the resolution of 720x1080 pixels and the resulting pixel density of 244 ppi are a bit low. Secondly, the 4G LTE device is said to be operated by Android 7.0 Nougat which will provide the refined and renewed Android experience to the users. Other than that, the handset is encased in plastic body and measures 165x 82.5x 7.9 mm.
The smartphone runs on 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8735B processor, backed by 1 GB RAM and with Mali-T720 GPU. It offers 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. The device houses a battery of 3000 mAh, which is quite alright. On the camera front, it packs 5-megapixel front and 8-megapuxel rear snapper, both enabled with single LED Flash. Apart from these the specifications of the phone include OTG support, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, sensors like Proximity, G-sensor, Arkamys Light Sensor and Fingerprint scanner.
The model would be available for the buyers tentatively in the first quarter of this year itself. The markets where the product would be sold, is that of Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific, while the European markets may have to wait till the second quarter to buy it. It was also announced that the pricing would be around $200, which comes to INR 13,600 approximately.
The overall impression of the A3 XL is quite basic, given that other companies are coming up with quite innovative features in every launch. It will be interesting to note how Alcatel fares in the stiff competitive scenario, where all brands are trying to make their presence felt blending technology with the spirit of the new-year.