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Alcatel 1S (2020) Review - An Entry-level Smartphone with Strong Core Competencies

Persistent listener. In the current generation of the Alcatel 1S, TCL offers a successful mix of a good display, a decent memory and a 4,000 mAh battery. Find out what other surprises the entry-level smartphone has in store for you in the review.
Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy),
Alcatel 1S (2020) (1 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
PowerVR GE8320, Core: 600 MHz
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.22 inch 19:9, 1520 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, Capacitive touch screen, 5 touch points, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23.2 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3,5-mm-Klinkenbuchse, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB (FAT, FAT32 and exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Acceleration and proximity sensor, e-compass, OTG, UKW-Radio
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (Band 1, 2, 5 and 8), LTE Cat. 4 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38 and 40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.45 x 158.7 x 74.6 ( = 0.33 x 6.25 x 2.94 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 34 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 30 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 596 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 586 h
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (OV13B10, 1/3.06", 1.12 μm, f/1.8, 77.6 °, 5 lens elements) + 5 MPix (ultra wide angle, GC5035, 1/5", 1.12 μm, f/2.2, 114.9 °, 4 lens elements) + 2 MPix (macro, GC2385, 1/5", 1.65 μm, f/2.4, 84 °, 3 lens elements), EIS, Full HD video
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (GC5035, 1/5", 1.12 μm, f/2.2)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speakers, Keyboard: Virtual, Power supply unit (10 W), USB cable, headset (3.5 mm), documentation, 24 Months Warranty, Head SAR: 0.90 W/kg, body SAR: 1.44 W/kg, single-band GNSS: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo and SBAS, fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 64 g ( = 2.26 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
129 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
75 %7
06/2020
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
165 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.22"1520x720
75 %7
01/2020
Huawei Y6s
Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300
150 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.09"1560x720
68 %7
05/2020
Nokia 1.3
SD 215, Adreno 308
155 g16 GB eMMC Flash5.71"1520x720
75 %7
05/2020
Motorola Moto E6s
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
160 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.1"1560x720

Case, features and operation - Alcatel 1S with good voice quality

The Alcatel 1S (2020) isn't quite light in the comparison field with 165 grams, but this is due to the larger battery. The housing is completely made of plastic and has a clean finish. The camera is just 0.3 millimetres higher than the rest of the back and the smartphone leaves a stable impression. 

The Micro USB 2.0 port is used to transfer data and charge the Alcatel 1S. The hybrid card slot can accept either two nano-SIM cards or instead of the second SIM a microSD card, which even supports the exFAT file system. The dedicated Google Assistant key cannot be assigned to any other key. There is no notification LED. 

As operating system Android 10 is used with a slightly adapted UI, which also includes the so-called Smart Manager, in order to be able to better manage the system resources. TCL also preinstalls some third-party apps, which can be uninstalled. 

In the mobile network, the Alcatel smartphone covers all important frequencies for Europe, only 5G has to be dispensed with and LTE is not particularly fast with Cat. 4. Only the 2.4 GHz network can be used in WLAN networks. However, in combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12, the 1S is comparatively fast and runs at stable data rates. 

In terms of telephony features, the Alcatel 1S convinces with good voice quality when held to the ear. The handsfree speaker picks up voices very clearly, unfortunately, a quite strong hall is also created. The suppression of noise is quite successful in everyday life. The smartphone supports VoLTE, but WLAN calling was not available to us. 

The input elements of the 1S are convincing. The touch screen reacts reliably and has good sliding properties. Although the physical keys have a short stroke, the soft pressure point is still clearly defined. For biometric security, a fingerprint scanner and a 2D face recognition system are available, both of which perform their services as reliably as possible. 

Size comparison

158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.45 mm / 0.3327 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs156.3 mm / 6.15 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs155.6 mm / 6.13 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs147.3 mm / 5.8 inch 71.2 mm / 2.8 inch 9.35 mm / 0.3681 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alcatel 1S (2020)
802.11 b/g/n
65.7 (min: 60, max: 70) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei Y6s
802.11 b/g/n
58.3 (min: 55, max: 61) MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Nokia 1.3
802.11 b/g/n
50.8 (min: 44, max: 55) MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Motorola Moto E6s
802.11 b/g/n
43 (min: 26, max: 61) MBit/s ∼65% -35%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Alcatel 1S (2020)
802.11 b/g/n
62.8 (min: 58, max: 66) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei Y6s
802.11 b/g/n
55.8 (min: 53, max: 65) MBit/s ∼89% -11%
Nokia 1.3
802.11 b/g/n
52.2 (min: 27, max: 61) MBit/s ∼83% -17%
Motorola Moto E6s
802.11 b/g/n
35.4 (min: 5, max: 57) MBit/s ∼56% -44%
010203040506070Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø65.4 (60-70)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø62.8 (58-66)

Cameras - Triple camera with ultra wide angle and macro

Selfie

The front camera illuminates the subject well if there is enough light, but weakens the details and focus. For video telephony, however, the optics are more than adequate. 

The main camera offers an additional ultra wide angle and a macro lens. All three cameras certainly don't meet the demands of ambitious amateur photographers, but for an occasional snapshot in everyday life the offered performance is sufficient. Somewhat disturbing is the weak performance in very bright ambient light. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

NahaufnahmePanoramaLow-LightZoom
ColorChecker
29.6 ∆E
54.6 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
61.9 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
64.2 ∆E
63.3 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
75.3 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
42 ∆E
89.7 ∆E
70.2 ∆E
52 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.8 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Alcatel 1S (2020): 46.66 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 89.74 ∆E
ColorChecker
14.6 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
21.9 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
15.4 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
11 ∆E
12 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Alcatel 1S (2020): 8.87 ∆E min: 2.62 - max: 21.88 ∆E

Display - Alcatel 1S without brightness sensor

Sub-pixel Array

The 6.22 inch IPS panel of the Alcatel 1S (2020) is on a quite class-typical level and delivers a sufficiently high image sharpness with its small HD resolution. On closer inspection, however, pixel formation may be visible.

The brightness is on a decent level, unfortunately, the Alcatel cell phone doesn't have an ambient light sensor. The measurement with an even distribution of light and dark areas (APL50) also turns out worse and the 1S only achieves a luminance of 351 cd/m² in the center of the image and also the black level (0.41 cd/m²) is lower, so that the contrast ratio is reduced to 856:1.

The color display we analyzed with CalMAN is too cool and shows visible deviations for the trained eye with some blue tones. However, these are not serious or disturbing in everyday life.

418
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
464
cd/m²
425
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
478
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 478 cd/m² Average: 455.8 cd/m² Minimum: 5.53 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 470 cd/m²
Contrast: 1424:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 7.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6
95.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.36
Alcatel 1S (2020)
IPS, 1520x720, 6.22
Huawei Y6s
IPS, 1560x720, 6.09
Nokia 1.3
IPS, 1520x720, 5.71
Motorola Moto E6s
IPS, 1560x720, 6.1
Response Times
-27%
-15%
-19%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 (21.2, 26.8)
54 (25, 29)
-13%
55 (28, 27)
-15%
64 (31, 33)
-33%
Response Time Black / White *
22.8 (9.2, 13.6)
32 (15, 17)
-40%
26 (11, 15)
-14%
24 (3, 21)
-5%
PWM Frequency
100 (10)
Screen
-7%
6%
22%
Brightness middle
470
424
-10%
456
-3%
488
4%
Brightness
456
397
-13%
406
-11%
481
5%
Brightness Distribution
87
85
-2%
83
-5%
95
9%
Black Level *
0.33
0.35
-6%
0.33
-0%
0.25
24%
Contrast
1424
1211
-15%
1382
-3%
1952
37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.7
6.45
4%
5.22
22%
5.02
25%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.1
12.76
-5%
8.38
31%
8.99
26%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.6
8.5
-12%
6.4
16%
4.4
42%
Gamma
2.36 93%
2.231 99%
2.186 101%
2.252 98%
CCT
8732 74%
9108 71%
8108 80%
7841 83%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-17% / -11%
-5% / 2%
2% / 13%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
22.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 ms rise
↘ 13.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (24.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 26.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17893 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


Grayscale (Target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (Target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (Target color space: sRGB)
Color space (Target color space: sRGB)
Color space (Target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Target color space: sRGB)

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Alcatel 1S (2020) is driven by a Helio P22 from MediaTek, whose GPU has been throttled by 50 MHz in direct comparison to the standard version, which doesn't always lead to a worse result in the benchmarks, though. The system as such runs quite smoothly, but with short waiting times when starting apps or small jerking must be arranged.

The surface temperatures stay pleasantly low in idle and even under load the rates only climb over the 30 degree mark in places.

The mono speaker on the bottom edge delivers a high-frequency sound and the maximum volume is not too high, but both are perfectly sufficient for everyday tasks. The jack connector provides a usable sound output, but its signal-to-noise ratio is not particularly high at 30 dBFS.

The Alcatel 1S (2020) sets a powerful exclamation mark in the battery life, because the smartphone proves to be very efficient with over 20 hours in our WLAN test.

Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
794 Points ∼40%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (794 - 863, n=2)
829 Points ∼42% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 3531, n=91)
1973 Points ∼100% +148%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
136 Points ∼24%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (136 - 147, n=2)
142 Points ∼25% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1342, n=91)
563 Points ∼100% +314%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4817 Points ∼83%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
3936 Points ∼67% -18%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
3476 Points ∼60% -28%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5197 Points ∼89% +8%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3805 - 5237, n=15)
4619 Points ∼79% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 13202, n=493)
5835 Points ∼100% +21%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
4658 Points ∼68%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
4339 Points ∼63%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
6873 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4404 - 6922, n=13)
5732 Points ∼83%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19711, n=651)
6377 Points ∼93%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1055 Points ∼49%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1061 Points ∼49% +1%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1187 Points ∼55% +13%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (912 - 1187, n=14)
1014 Points ∼47% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=499)
2173 Points ∼100% +106%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
394 Points ∼19%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
443 Points ∼21% +12%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
451 Points ∼22% +14%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (376 - 451, n=14)
421 Points ∼20% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 9567, n=499)
2070 Points ∼100% +425%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
458 Points ∼24%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
509 Points ∼26% +11%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
523 Points ∼27% +14%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (435 - 523, n=14)
483 Points ∼25% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 8204, n=500)
1923 Points ∼100% +320%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1053 Points ∼51%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1015 Points ∼49% -4%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
819 Points ∼39% -22%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1189 Points ∼57% +13%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (900 - 1195, n=15)
1007 Points ∼48% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=529)
2083 Points ∼100% +98%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
763 Points ∼28%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
712 Points ∼26% -7%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
242 Points ∼9% -68%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
742 Points ∼27% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (452 - 823, n=15)
696 Points ∼25% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=529)
2758 Points ∼100% +261%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
813 Points ∼35%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
763 Points ∼33% -6%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
287 Points ∼12% -65%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
810 Points ∼35% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (513 - 870, n=15)
746 Points ∼32% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10699, n=529)
2319 Points ∼100% +185%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1011 Points ∼49%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
435 Points ∼21% -57%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1131 Points ∼55% +12%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (860 - 1131, n=14)
985 Points ∼48% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5209, n=579)
2060 Points ∼100% +104%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
337 Points ∼19%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
508 Points ∼29% +51%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
397 Points ∼23% +18%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (222 - 397, n=14)
321 Points ∼19% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 8469, n=579)
1732 Points ∼100% +414%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
396 Points ∼24%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
304 Points ∼18% -23%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
464 Points ∼28% +17%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (269 - 464, n=14)
377 Points ∼23% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7323, n=580)
1655 Points ∼100% +318%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1014 Points ∼53%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1017 Points ∼53% 0%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
844 Points ∼44% -17%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1124 Points ∼58% +11%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (854 - 1139, n=15)
989 Points ∼51% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=621)
1924 Points ∼100% +90%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
678 Points ∼30%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
403 Points ∼18% -41%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
245 Points ∼11% -64%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
655 Points ∼29% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (370 - 750, n=15)
540 Points ∼24% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 12494, n=620)
2275 Points ∼100% +236%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
732 Points ∼37%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
465 Points ∼24% -36%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
291 Points ∼15% -60%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
722 Points ∼37% -1%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (428 - 803, n=15)
599 Points ∼31% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 9492, n=623)
1960 Points ∼100% +168%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
13728 Points ∼90%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
10678 Points ∼70% -22%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
14651 Points ∼96% +7%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9206 - 15891, n=15)
12102 Points ∼79% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 58293, n=769)
15260 Points ∼100% +11%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
12309 Points ∼48%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
4622 Points ∼18% -62%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
11220 Points ∼43% -9%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9536 - 13491, n=15)
10992 Points ∼42% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209431, n=767)
25903 Points ∼100% +110%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
12598 Points ∼62%
Nokia 1.3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 215, Adreno 308, 1024
5289 Points ∼26% -58%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
11836 Points ∼58% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9835 - 13960, n=15)
11166 Points ∼55% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 112989, n=767)
20367 Points ∼100% +62%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.4 fps ∼40%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
4.2 fps ∼38% -5%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.2 fps ∼38% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4.1 - 4.8, n=13)
4.32 fps ∼39% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=291)
11.1 fps ∼100% +152%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.3 fps ∼16%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
1.4 fps ∼18% +8%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.4 fps ∼18% +8%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (1.3 - 1.6, n=13)
1.385 fps ∼17% +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=289)
8 fps ∼100% +515%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.1 fps ∼43%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
6.9 fps ∼42% -3%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
6.7 fps ∼40% -6%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (6.7 - 7.6, n=13)
6.89 fps ∼42% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=295)
16.6 fps ∼100% +134%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3.7 fps ∼19%
Huawei Y6s
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8300, 3072
3.8 fps ∼20% +3%
Motorola Moto E6s
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
3.8 fps ∼20% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3.5 - 4.7, n=13)
3.79 fps ∼20% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=294)
19.2 fps ∼100% +419%
Alcatel 1S (2020)Huawei Y6sNokia 1.3Motorola Moto E6sAverage 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
7%
16%
20%
-6%
25%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
62.36 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
60.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
59 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-5%
63.5 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
2%
51.9 (3.4 - 87.1, n=164)
-17%
50.7 (1.7 - 87.1, n=509)
-19%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.03 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
80.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
76.06 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-7%
82.3 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
70.9 (8.2 - 96.5, n=164)
-14%
68.7 (8.1 - 96.5, n=509)
-16%
Random Write 4KB
20.27
18.6
-8%
38.6
90%
17.7
-13%
18.4 (0.75 - 77.3, n=207)
-9%
33.2 (0.14 - 319, n=858)
64%
Random Read 4KB
26.57
46.7
76%
48.7
83%
69.4
161%
40.7 (3.59 - 117, n=207)
53%
57.2 (1.59 - 324, n=858)
115%
Sequential Write 256KB
146.02
118
-19%
48.5
-67%
103.5
-29%
96.5 (14.8 - 189, n=207)
-34%
122 (2.99 - 911, n=858)
-16%
Sequential Read 256KB
273.28
263.2
-4%
284.8
4%
275
1%
238 (25.8 - 452, n=207)
-13%
330 (12.1 - 1802, n=858)
21%

Temperature

Max. Load
 29.2 °C
85 F
29 °C
84 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 29.2 °C
85 F
28.3 °C
83 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 28.3 °C
83 F
28.2 °C
83 F
30.9 °C
88 F
 
Maximum: 31.4 °C = 89 F
Average: 29.4 °C = 85 F
27.6 °C
82 F
27.4 °C
81 F
29.3 °C
85 F
27.7 °C
82 F
27.7 °C
82 F
29.2 °C
85 F
27.8 °C
82 F
27.5 °C
82 F
28.9 °C
84 F
Maximum: 29.3 °C = 85 F
Average: 28.1 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  25.2 °C = 77 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.4 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.4 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.4 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.


Speakers and jack connector

Audio jack: Harmonic distortion and noise
Speakers: Pink Noise
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.531.82529.424.43122.826.24025.325.45030.233.36323.326.68021.923.21001922.312519.619.51601919.620016.121.125018.927.331516.634.140014.341.35001550.263015.253.880014.362.9100014.368.8125014.270.7160014.871.7200014.871.9250014.470.7315014.367.2400014.668.6500014.769.6630014.967800014.9651000014.665.31250014.8671600015.454.2SPL26.880.8N0.943.5median 14.8median 65Delta1.415.832.437.43536.527.128.62633.530.437.325.232.322.725.725.525.220.126.419.230.517.835.717.841.116.145.616.652.715.96214.364.214.770.214.874.814.373.714.167.816.367.414.468.113.865.513.956.614.264.114.569.614.676.51574.515.360.615.761.271.226.982.325.60.950.7median 15median 64.11.611.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAlcatel 1S (2020)Motorola Moto E6s
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Alcatel 1S (2020) audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 41% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 9.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 85% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto E6s audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 70% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Alcatel 1S (2020)
4000 mAh
Huawei Y6s
3020 mAh
Nokia 1.3
3000 mAh
Motorola Moto E6s
3000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1226
743
-39%
906
-26%
806
-34%
690 (223 - 2636, n=725)
-44%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 83)
20h 26min

Pros

+ long battery life
+ good voice quality
+ neat display
+ microSD with exFAT support

Cons

- no ambient light sensor
- mediocre main camera

Conclusion - Good beginner with a small shortcoming

In review: Alcatel 1S (2020). Test device provided by TCL Germany.
In review: Alcatel 1S (2020). Test device provided by TCL Germany.

With the Alcatel 1S (2020) TCL offers a successful entry-level smartphone, which is particularly convincing in the core competencies telephony and battery life. The system performance and memory equipment are quite good for this price range. There is also a dedicated button for the Google Assistant and a radio receiver. 

With the Alcatel 1S (2020), TCL has succeeded in creating a successful overall package in the entry-level class. 

Some compromises have to be made, especially during camera setup. The additional ultra wide angle and macro lenses are useful additions, but the quality of the main camera is a little lacking. 

We see the missing ambient light sensor as an equipment gap, but those who prefer to regulate their display manually anyway won't mind. 

Alcatel 1S (2020) - 06/17/2020 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
75%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
38 / 70 → 54%
Weight
91%
Battery
93%
Display
81%
Games Performance
7 / 64 → 10%
Application Performance
51 / 86 → 59%
Temperature
95%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 90 → 78%
Camera
47%
Average
69%
75%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-06-17 (Update: 2020-06-17)
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Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim
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