TCL designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and services under three key brands – TCL, Alcatel and BlackBerry. The TCL IFA 2018 announcements covered a new lower-cost BlackBerry Key2 LE and an Alcatel 3T 8” LTE Android tablet.
It has a lightweight polycarbonate frame, smaller battery, less storage and lower specified processor and camera than the Key2 but it accordingly at a lower cost
- 5”, 1620 x 1080, 3:3 ratio IPS screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 656
- 4GB RAM and 64GB (Australian model)
- 35 key backlit Physical Keyboard (QWERTY)
- Integrated fingerprint sensor
- 3000mAh battery, USB-C, 9V/2A Qualcomm QC 3.0 charger
- Rear Camera: 13/5MP, [email protected]
- 13MP Fov8°, Pixel-1.12um, F2.2, Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF)
- 5MP Fov 84°, Pixel-1.12um, F2.4
- Front camera: 8MP Fixed Focus, Selfie Flash using LCD
- Android 8.1
- 25 x 71.8 x 8.35mm x 156g
Alcatel 3T 8” Android Tablet with LTE for under A$130!
This 8” Tablet with 1GB/16GB (12.7GB usable) and LTE is the first known Android Go on the market.
What we know
- 8”, 1280 x 800, 188ppi IPS screen
- MediaTek MT8765 processor
- 1GB/16GB (12.7GB free) and microSD slot, OTG support
- 4G LTE modem, single sim (unknown network bands)
- Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth (version unspecified)
- Camera rear: 5MP
- Camera front: 2MP
- Kids mode
- A-GPS and usually sensors, no NFC
- Shockproof, waterproof and dust-proof bumper case
- Android Go Oreo (means Go specific apps)
- 209 x 125 x 8.29mm thin x 279g
- Metallic Black or Suede Blue
- 4080mAh battery and micro-USB charger
- 5mm audio
GadgetGuy’s take. TCL IFA 2018 are interesting
Given that the Key2 has yet to go on sale in Australia I suspect this will be an October availability.
Let’s face it – it is an 8” Phablet destined for content consumption. It has Go versions of Netflix and Facebook.
The 3T could be good but I suspect it will be cruelled yet again by huge Telco data charges. Maybe one day Australian Telcos will listen and give us a family plan for smartphones, tablets, cars and more all under the one plan!
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