TCL IFA 2018 announcements

TCL IFA 2018
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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.

The Blackberry Key2 LE

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 of A$699 (64GB).

Key specifications

  • 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, 4K@30fps
    • 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
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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
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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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