TCL Communication is introducing at the Mobile World Congress 2019 its latest Alcatel mobile devices, including the Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3L and Alcatel 1S smartphones, as well as the Alcatel 3T 10 at Mobile World Congress 2019.
The company is also showcasing its flexible display product portfolio and announced its new DragonHinge technology.
Designed with nature-inspired finishes and equipped with the latest TCL-made Full View Displays, the recent additions to TCL's Alcatel mobility portfolio come preloaded with Google Assistant.
Featuring TCL's latest 5.9-inch 19.5:9 HD+ Super Full View Display with a slim mini notch providing an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio, Alcatel 3 has been optimized for viewing photos, streaming content, gaming or browsing the web. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core chipset paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage along with microSD expansion. A 3500mAh battery provides the power to run it all.
The Alcatel 3 features 13+5MP dual cameras with real-time bokeh and 8MP front-facing camera. The dual cameras capture portrait-like shots and offer post-shot refocus. It also uses AI Imaging Scene Detection, which identifies up to 21 different scenarios in real-time and provides the best settings, optimum contrast, saturation, brightness, sharpness and resolution to get the perfect shot. The secondary camera Google Lens, which helps you search what you see, get things done faster and learn more about the world around you, comes included.
Alcatel's Face Key provides security and instant access with a scan of your face. The Alcatel 3 also lets you create fun AR emojis of yourself for sharing with friends and family. A fingerprint sensor on the back gives an extra layer of protection and launches customizable apps with a tap.
The Alcatel 3 will be available starting in Q2 for €159 EUR (3+32GB version) and €189 EUR (4+64GB version) and will come in gleaming Gradient Black Blue and Gradient Blue Purple.
The Alcatel 3L uses a 5.9-inch HD+ Super Full View Display and a slim mini notch to offer a 88 percent screen-to-body ratio. It is designed with contoured 2.5D front glass and and spectrum engraving that highlights the device's overall design. Alcatel 3L is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core chipset and 3500mAh battery.
Like Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3L comes with a 13+5MP dual rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera, along with AI scene detection, bokeh blur and refocus capabilities. Additionally, it comes with Android 8.1 Oreo pre-installed (upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie in Q2 2019). Google Lens is also included in the Alcatel 3L camera software.
Also available in Q2, the Alcatel 3L will start at €139 EUR, and will come in Anthracite black and Metallic blue color options.
The accessibly-priced Alcatel 1S is featuring Android 9.0 Pie, an octa-core processor, TCL-built 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ Full View Display , 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage with microSD expansion. It helps you stay on the move all day with its 3,060mAh battery.
Alcatel 1S is equipped with a dual rear 13MP+2MP camera with real-time bokeh and AI scene detection. The built-in rear fingerprint sensor and Face Key facial recognition software provide protection and convenience. It also comes with 2.5D front glass.
This newest Alcatel 1 Series smartphone will be available starting at €109 EUR starting in Q2 2019 in Black, Blue, Rose and Gold‡ brushed metallic finish.
Alcatel 3T 10
The Alcatel 3T 10 tablet features dual front speakers and a 10-inch HD screen. It is powered by a 4,080mAh battery, Android 9.0 Pie and has Google Assistant pre-installed. Offering DSP voice recognition up to three meters away, Alcatel 3T 10 provides hands-free audio control to play movies or music, answer questions and more.
The Alcatel 3T 10 also features an optional lightweight Audio Station accessory that can be connected to the tablet to achieve deep sound with up to seven hours of non-stop music on the go. Additionally when connected to the Alcatel 3T10, an on-screen hub gives you all the information you need in a glance with instant access to the tablet's most used apps, photos, calendar, music and weather forecast. The Audio Station comes with a 3.5mm auxiliary port, Micro-USB and microSD card reader.
The Alcatel 3T 10 will be available later this year starting €179 EUR and will also be available at that time as a bundle with the Audio Station starting at €229 EUR.
Flexible display technology
TCL Communication is also showcasing at MWC its flexible display product portfolio and announced its new DragonHinge technology. With the support of the company's patented DragonHinge technology, TCL Communication is able to showcase a preview of the company's lineup of flexible panel mobile devices.
Using custom flexible AMOLED displays from TCL sister company, CSOT, these foldable mobile devices are supported by TCL Communication's proprietary DragonHinge technology which creates a mechanical housing for these devices, allowing them to fold and bend in support of a variety of use cases. This provides effortless and seamless movement, enabling the development of further flexible device designs which will make more advanced user experiences possible.
"When we look at the practical application of flexible display and foldable mobile devices, there are really three challenges that need to be overcome: the flexible AMOLED display itself, a durable mechanical housing, and of course the software that can seamlessly adapt to these new form factors," said Shane Lee, General Manager, Global Product Center at TCL Communication. "Through TCL's vertical integration with CSOT, we have conquered many of the challenges that come with flexible displays; and now with the announcement of DragonHinge, we're able to show the world how we'll overcome the mechanical housing challenges that must be solved in order to support these new foldable form factors. We now have a hardware solution to build from, freeing us up to tackle the unique software experiences this new technology enables, and how it all ties in to the larger connected ecosystem as we prepare to launch our first foldable device next year."