Alcatel unveils a slew of new devices with 18:9 aspect ratios

Alcatel has kicked off MWC 2018 with a handful of new devices sporting a slim 18:9 aspect ratio. Why 18:9 instead of 2:1? Bigger numbers are better, of course.

There are three devices here: the 5 Series, 3 Series, 1 Series. They all have many of the same features, like the 18:9 FullView display, facial recognition, and a commitment to Android software updates, but there are a few key differences depending on which model you opt for.

The Alcatel 5 is the top shelf of the brand, packing a 5.7 inch display with no bezel, a premium brushed metallic finish, and dual front facing cameras. There’s a rear mounted fingerprint scanner with custom shortcut options for security, too.

The Alcatel 5 will immediately go up for purchase in select markets in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold.

The 3 Series takes the middle spot in the lineup with a few different devices, with the Alcatel 3 opting for a 5.5 inch IPS HD+ display with 2.5D glass, the Alcatel 3X sporting a 5.7 inch 5.7 IPS HD+ display and more memory plus a better camera, and the Alcatel 3V packing a 6 inch 2k display with a dual camera system.

The devices are also immediately available in a variety of metallic colors and finishes.

Last up, we have the Alcatel 1 Series in two flavor sounds.

The Alcatel 1X is the nicer of the two models and is the first budget phone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. You’ll get a 5.3 inch display with a 16 megapixel camera, and interestingly, it’ll also be using the Android Go version of Android Oreo.

Theres also an Alcatel 1C that picks up a metal finish and only ships with 3G radios.

Both of these devices begin shipping in April.

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Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.