Alcatel 1x Review


The Alcatel 1x is one of the first phones powered by Android Go (also called Android Oreo – Go Edition).

Google has designed this operating system to give you the power you need for essential apps without overloading your device, as many other operating systems will do. It’s an excellent choice for people who want a simple phone that performs well but doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles.


If you’re looking for a smartphone that offers all the modern features you could want at a budget price, the Alcatel 1x is worth checking out. It comes with Android Go Oreo Edition, Google’s stripped-down version of the Android OS, made for entry-level phones in developing markets where mobile data is expensive.

It has a 5.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel primary camera with a flash, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. It also has a pebble-painted finish that’s fingerprint, scratch, and slip-resistant.

The primary camera has auto-focus but uses just one sensor to do the job, which isn’t as good as phase-detect auto-focus (PDAF), which integrates two sensors for focusing. It’s also not as capable of capturing high-quality photos under low-light conditions.


The Alcatel 1x looks like a budget phone built to last, and in some ways it is. But this isn’t the device that will make you forget your old phone in a heartbeat, and it won’t stand out too much from the competition either.

The screen is a bit low-resolution for this price range, but that’s not too big of a problem. The front-facing camera is good enough to take photos, and the dual rear cameras do a decent job of capturing bokeh blur.

On the other hand, the audio on the Alcatel 1x isn’t great. Calls sound tinny, and the speaker often hits its noise threshold.


The Alcatel 1x is an excellent phone for people needing an inexpensive Android device with modern features. It offers an 18:9 display, a fingerprint reader, and LTE support.

In terms of the software, it runs on Google’s Android Go initiative that has been designed to run efficiently on low-power devices with little RAM. The problem is, this software has a lot of quirks that slow down Android apps and irritate users.

The primary camera has autofocus using one sensor, but it’s not quite as good as phase-detect autofocus (PDAF). This means that your photos aren’t as good under low light conditions or from moving subjects.

Battery life

If you’re looking for a budget smartphone that won’t break the bank, the Alcatel 1x is an excellent choice. It offers modern features like an 18:9 display and fingerprint scanner at a meager price.

The Alcatel 1x has a 2460mAh Li-Ion battery that is good for up to a day of usage when used moderately. That’s a pretty impressive score for an entry-level phone and is one of the better battery life scores we’ve seen from any Alcatel device.

However, some issues we ran into with the Alcatel 1x spoiled our otherwise positive experience. For example, the Android shortcut for double-tapping the power button to open the camera didn’t always work.


The Alcatel 1X is a good choice for anyone on a budget who wants a smartphone without breaking the bank. It’s not the latest phone on the market, but it has a few features you can’t usually find on phones in this price range.

First and foremost, it uses Google’s Android Go edition, tuned explicitly for low-powered phones that use less data and RAM. It also comes pre-installed with a suite of apps designed to work better on lower hardware.

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