Alcatel 3 2019 – a whole lotta phone for very little price
4.4Overall Score
Name: Alcatel 3 2019
Price (RRP): $279
Manufacturer: Alcatel (TCL)

The new Alcatel 2019 range is a key to the company maintaining its dominance in the value and mass-market segments. The Alcatel 3 offers great value in this segment.

GadgetGuy covered the Alcatel 2019 range here, and the Alcatel 3 2019 stands out as a great phone if you want “it all” but don’t have the cash to flash.

In a nutshell, the Alcatel 3 2019 is a Qualcomm SD439 processor, 4/64GB ram, dual 13+5MP camera, a decent 3500mAh battery and Pure Android at $279. What more do you need?

But even the pre-paid 1x and 1s models at $179/199 offer more features and better value than grey market or parallel import cheapies. Plus, you have Alcatel’s terrific backup and support.

This phone meets or exceeds every mass-market specification by a huge margin. It’s a 5-out-of-5 in the mass-market, but we want a little more. For example, it has Android 9 (great) and BT 5.0 but single band Wi-Fi N 2.4Ghz so it will lose some points for that.

  1. Mass-market $200-499 (about 25% of the market)
  2. Value pre-paid <A$199 (about 30% of the market – good for pre-paid and children)

Buy here – or you will regret it

We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine model with Australian firmware as it works on all Australian Telco carrier LTE bands and can make a 000-emergency call (not 911) without a SIM.

Note: Most international reviews are for the 3/32GB and Android 8 Oreo version. As you will see the Australian version is quite a step up.

Review: Alcatel 3 2019 Model 5053D-2AALEU1, single sim, Australian LTE bands, Android 9 Pie.

Website here.

In the box

  • Handset
  • Charger 5V/1A
  • USB-A to micro-USB cable
  • 3.5 mm earbuds and mic

The first impression

Very bright, full body screen, small teardrop notch, matching metallic blue edges and faux glass back. The back has a fingerprint reader under a top centre dual lens camera and flash. At the top is a 3.5mm jack and mic. It has small top and side bezels and a largish chin.

The Alcatel 3 2019 is not what you expect from a $279 phone.

Screen

Alcatel 3 2019 both
Size: 5.9-inch
Resolution: 1560 x 720
PPI: 320
Ratio: 19.5:9
Type: IPS LCD
S-T-B-R: 82.2%
Colour depth in bit/colours: 16m
Brightness: ???
Contrast:  ???
HDR:  No
Colour gamut: ???
Notch: Small centre teardrop
Screen protection: Asahi Dragontrail 2.5D glass (just as scratch resistant as Gorilla glass, but not as bendable/impact resistant)
Daylight readability: Adequate

A 720p screen may be common in the mass-market but not a 19.5:9 ratio. It’s huge. We have left key figures like brightness, contrast and colour gamut out because this is immaterial at this price. It is very bright, quite sharp and adequate in daylight.

It has no adjustments for colour temperature or tone.

Alcatel 3 2019 screen

It is a great screen for the category.

Performance

Processor Qualcomm SD439 12nm
4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53
GPU Adreno 505
RAM RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
Storage: 64GB (48GB free)
OTG Support: Yes
Micro-SD card expansion: 128GB

Note Australian model as tested has 4/64GB

The Qualcomm SD439 is no powerhouse but its way better than a no-name ARM processor. Its heritage means good power management, decent X6 modem (with VoWi-fi, VoLTE and HD voice), camera AI support and more. It is also in Nokia’s new 4.2.

In GeekBench 4 it single/multi-core tests are 884/3145. Its no powerhouse but add 4GB RAM, and it handles Android 9 well. Its Compute score is 3080.