In an age when smartphone prices are constantly going up, Alcatel has somehow managed to release a smartphone that costs less than a pair of wireless headphones. Say hello to the new Alcatel ONYX, a $120 mid-range smartphone which is available exclusively from Cricket Wireless. The Alcatel ONYX is pretty similar to the Alcatel 1X 2019 which was unveiled at CES 2019, but the phone does come with 32GB of storage rather than 16GB.
Other specifications include a MediaTek MT6739ww Quad-Core (4 x 1.5GHz) SoC, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch 18:9 1440×720 display protected by Dragontrail 2.5D glass, 13MP main camera with a f/2.0 lens, a secondary 2MP depth sensor for a digital bokeh mode, 5MP front-facing camera with an f/2.4 lens, 3,000 mAh battery, read-mounted fingerprint sensor, NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM radio and an old fashioned microUSB 2.0 port to charge the phone.
While the Alcatel ONYX may not be the phone for you, it’s certainly a great buy when you consider that most other phones in this category cost $180 or more.
We actually got a chance to play around with the ONYX a bit at CES (sorry, the device was under embargo until now). The phone’s soft-touch polycarbonate finish is reminiscent of older HTC smartphones and the overall design is quite nice when you consider how much Alcatel is charging for it. The ONYX even has a decent rear camera and we expect battery life to be phenomenal considering that the MT6739ww chipset is extremely efficient.
The Alcatel ONYX is available starting today, so make sure you stop by your local Cricket Wireless shop to get a feel for it in person. Who knows, it could be the perfect starter smartphone for your kids!