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Alcatel brings its dual-camera budget phone to the US for $150

Alcatel brings its dual-camera budget phone to the US for $150

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Front: Alcatel 3V
Front: Alcatel 3V
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

After being announced back in February, Alcatel’s 3V is now launching in the US for $150. Though it’s very much a budget phone, the 3V looks and feels surprisingly nice for its low price and limited specs.

The phone looks and feels fairly modern, with a 6-inch, 18:9 LCD display with rounded corners and a 2K resolution. The body is plastic, but it has a simple design that looks like it’s a solid piece. I got to see the phone back at Mobile World Congress, and I was surprised by how nice its display was. That makes enough sense, though; Alcatel phones are made by TCL, which is first and foremost a TV company.

One of the phone’s other highlight features is the presence of dual cameras on the back — a primary 12 megapixel camera, paired with a 2 megapixel for depth effects. I got the impression that the cameras weren’t very good, but it’ll at least give you the option to do portrait style shots like on higher-end phones.

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

The phone has a quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s running Android Oreo and has a fingerprint sensor and headphone jack, which is nice. Though it charges over Micro USB and doesn’t support 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is less nice.

At this price, the 3V goes up against an increasingly wide array of modern-looking phones, putting it in a pack that’s difficult to stand out in. The 3V will go on sale next week at Amazon and later come to Best Buy and Walmart. It’ll be sold unlocked and work on AT&T and T-Mobile.