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Alcatel 3L (2019) review

The Alcatel 3L (2019) is the cheaper sibling to the new Alcatel 3 (2019), and the two handsets have a lot in common.

In fact, there are just four differences (or concessions, if you will), between the 3 and the cheaper Alcatel 3L – the L stands for ‘Light’ we’re told.

The 3L drops the fingerprint scanner, packs a slower Snapdragon 429 chipset, comes with less RAM and storage and features a less premium design.

There are still positives though, with the Alcatel 3L boasting a 5.94-inch display, dual rear cameras, face unlock, AR emoji and an attractively low price tag.

The Alcatel 3L price is €139 (around $160, £120, AU$220), although it’s not clear at what point it will go on sale this year. We’ll update this article when we know more

Design and display

The Alcatel 3L, from the front, looks pricier than it is, with a large display taking up most of the front and a small notch housing the selfie camera giving it a slightly premium style.

Pick it up, and the budget nature of the phone becomes more apparent, with a textured plastic rear that does feel cheap, but also provides plenty of grip.

The rounded edges of the phone make it easy to hold in one hand (it measures 151.1 x 69.7 x 7.99mm and weighs 145g) and it’s available in two colors: blue and black.

There’s a headphone jack on the top of the handset, while the power and volume keys on the right are easy to hit

The screen is 5.94 inches tall, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and features a HD+ (720p) resolution.

On close inspection you will notice the lack of clarity in the display, but this is expected when you consider the price. It’s still perfectly usable with clear, bright images and text.

The notch, the size of the single front facing camera, is centrally located in the notification bar and doesn’t really get in the way.

Camera

The Alcatel 3L (2019) packs a dual camera setup on the rear, with the main 13MP sensor sitting above a 2MP depth sensing lens.

This provides a portrait mode background blur feature within the camera, and during our time with the phone we found it to be serviceable.

It’s not going to take award winning snaps, but the camera is good enough at this price point.

A more surprising addition is AR emoji, allowing you to control the facial expressions of on-screen characters. There are three animals and two humans to pick from and the face tracking works surprisingly well for a budget device.

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