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Alcatel 1S (2021) review - Cheap entry-level smartphone with setbacks

Aggravated. The Alcatel 1S hardly gets any improvements this year. The focus is mainly on the latest Android version and the slightly larger display. You can find out why this is a bit too meager in the review.
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Alcatel 1S 2021 (1 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
PowerVR GE8320, Core: 600 MHz
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6.52 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, Capacitive, 10 touch-points, IPS, 2.5D glass, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 16.91 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: Audio jack (3.5 mm), Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, E-Compass, E-Compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 5, 8), LTE Cat. 4 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 165.64 x 75.59 ( = 0.35 x 6.52 x 2.98 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (1/3.06", 1.12 µm, f/2.0, 77.1°, 5P lenses, PDAF) + 2 MPix (Depth, 1/5", 1.12 µm, f/2.4, 87.3°) + 2 MPix (Macro, 1/5", 1.65 µm, f/2.4, 84°, 3P lenses); 1080p video (30 FPS); Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (1/5", 1.12 µm, f/2.2, 76°, 3P lenses), 1080p video (30 FPS)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: onscreen, 10W-Charger, USB-Cable (Micro-USB to USB-A), Headphones, SIM-Tool, Alcatel UI, 24 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 0.42 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.42 W/kg; Single-Band-GNSS: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo, SBAS, fanless
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 64 g ( = 2.26 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
130 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Rating Version
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
74 %7
05/2021
Alcatel 1S 2021
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
190 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720
78 %7
01/2021
Xiaomi Poco M3
SD 662, Adreno 610
198 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.53"2340x1080
75 %7
06/2020
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
165 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.22"1520x720
76 %7
12/2020
Nokia 3.4
SD 460, Adreno 610
180 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.39"1560x720

Case, equipment and operation

The workmanship of the Alcatel 1S (2021) is very decent. There are only a few material transitions due to the plastic unibody. The display's bezel is very even, but it should be a bit tighter on the back. There is no special protection against dust and water and the battery is fixed.

The equipment is almost unchanged compared to the predecessor. According to the specifications, the 1S should again have a radio receiver, but no app can be found for it. This might be added via an update. The card slot (hybrid slot) can either accommodate two nano-SIM cards or a microSD card instead of the second SIM, which cannot be formatted as internal storage, though. The dedicated Google Assistant button cannot be assigned elsewhere. There is no notification LED.

The operating system is Android 11 with the Alcatel UI, which includes a few proprietary apps, such as the Playfield. TCL also pre-installs some third-party apps, but they can be uninstalled.

The mobile features have not been changed compared to the predecessor. With LTE Cat. 4, only a slow 4G standard is available, but it reliably provides the offered performance. The WLAN module only supports 2.4 GHz networks and works correspondingly slow. Unfortunately, the transfer rates to our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 are not particularly stable either, which is reflected in slow loading times in everyday use.

The call quality of the Alcatel 1S is really good when held to the ear and convinces with a clear and natural voice reproduction. In speaker mode, the user of the Alcatel smartphone hears audible reverberations and must not move too far away from the phone, otherwise it can only be heard very quietly. The suppression of ambient noise works quite well as long as it is not too loud. The 1S supports both VoLTE and WLAN calling.

The smartphone's capacitive touchscreen has good gliding properties, but sometimes reacts a bit delayed to inputs. The physical keys have a short travel, but the soft pressure point is still clearly defined. A fingerprint scanner and 2D facial recognition are available for biometric security, both of which perform their services reliably for the most part.

Size comparison

165.64 mm / 6.52 inch 75.59 mm / 2.98 inch 8.8 mm / 0.3465 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.3 mm / 3.04 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 198 g0.4365 lbs161 mm / 6.34 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.45 mm / 0.3327 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs
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SDCardreader Transfer Speed - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (11.9 - 50.3, n=30, last 2 years)
24.7 MB/s ∼100% +3%
Alcatel 1S 2021
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
23.98 MB/s ∼97%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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; Sequential write: Ø32.6 (21.8-44.5)
; Sequential read: Ø76.9 (8.76-83.3)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Poco M3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
284 (186min - 366max) MBit/s ∼100% +516%
Nokia 3.4
802.11 b/g/n
122 (69min - 147max) MBit/s ∼43% +165%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
802.11 b/g/n
62.8 (58min - 66max) MBit/s ∼22% +36%
Alcatel 1S 2021
802.11 b/g/n
46.1 (9min - 66max) MBit/s ∼16%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Poco M3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
301 (209min - 341max) MBit/s ∼100% +458%
Nokia 3.4
802.11 b/g/n
113 (75min - 143max) MBit/s ∼38% +110%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
802.11 b/g/n
65.7 (60min - 70max) MBit/s ∼22% +22%
Alcatel 1S 2021
802.11 b/g/n
53.9 (25min - 68max) MBit/s ∼18%
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Alcatel 1S 2021 Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø50.8 (25-68)
Alcatel 1S (2020) Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø65.4 (60-70)
Alcatel 1S 2021 Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø46.1 (9-66)
Alcatel 1S (2020) Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø62.8 (58-66)

Cameras - Alcatel 1S with triple cam and strange zoom

Selfie with the Alcatel 1S
Selfie with the Alcatel 1S

The front-facing camera allows decent selfies, but has problems ensuring a clean reproduction of details especially in backlight.

The main camera uses the same sensor as the predecessor, but is nominally less sensitive with f/2.0. Daytime pictures are still decent and homogeneously illuminated, but many details are washed out or even completely lost. It gets a bit bizarre when the digital zoom is used. It behaves completely differently than in other Android smartphones. While, for example, a two-fold magnification on a Poco X3 corresponds to around 35 mm focal length with an EOS 90D (APS-C), it is 60 mm with the Alcatel.

The two additional lenses do not offer any real added value in everyday use.

Alcatel 1S (2021): 2x zoom
Alcatel 1S (2021): 2x zoom
Alcatel 1S (2021): 5x zoom
Alcatel 1S (2021): 5x zoom
Poco X3 NFC: 5x zoom
Poco X3 NFC: 5x zoom

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.

WeitwinkelWeitwinkelLow-Light
ColorChecker
6.5 ∆E
7 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
8 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
7 ∆E
ColorChecker Alcatel 1S 2021: 8.08 ∆E min: 2.93 - max: 13.53 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
55 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
36.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
63.3 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
35.7 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
28 ∆E
65.8 ∆E
64.3 ∆E
31.1 ∆E
48.1 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44 ∆E
44.1 ∆E
92.9 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Alcatel 1S 2021: 47.21 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 92.93 ∆E

Display - Dark panel in the Alcatel 1S (2021)

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The IPS panel of the Alcatel 1S (2021) grows slightly compared to last year and now measures 6.52 inches (16.56 cm). The pixel density is below 300 PPI due to the small HD resolution, but it is still satisfactory.

The display brightness is less good. Regardless of whether the ambient light sensor is enabled or not, the panel only reaches 335 cd/m² in the center; even the 2020 model was much brighter. Even though the black value is now lower and the contrast ratio is better, it does not compensate for the lower brightness. The Alcatel smartphone quickly reaches its limits outdoors in particular. The brightness sensor is finally installed, but it is very sluggish.

324
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
317
cd/m²
312
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 335 cd/m² Average: 321.2 cd/m² Minimum: 4.44 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 335 cd/m²
Contrast: 1763:1 (Black: 0.19 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.4 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.6
ΔE Greyscale 4.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.8
92.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Alcatel 1S 2021
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Xiaomi Poco M3
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.53
Alcatel 1S (2020)
IPS, 1520x720, 6.22
Nokia 3.4
IPS, 1560x720, 6.39
Response Times
17%
21%
13%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50 (22.8, 27.2)
44 (20.4, 23.6)
12%
48 (21.2, 26.8)
4%
46 (25, 21)
8%
Response Time Black / White *
36 (18, 18)
28 (13.2, 14.8)
22%
22.8 (9.2, 13.6)
37%
30 (13, 17)
17%
PWM Frequency
892.9 (3)
961.5 (20)
Screen
28%
-34%
-25%
Brightness middle
335
465
39%
470
40%
440
31%
Brightness
321
428
33%
456
42%
417
30%
Brightness Distribution
93
89
-4%
87
-6%
91
-2%
Black Level *
0.19
0.21
-11%
0.33
-74%
0.4
-111%
Contrast
1763
2214
26%
1424
-19%
1100
-38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.4
1.7
50%
6.7
-97%
4.77
-40%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.6
3.5
47%
12.1
-83%
8.85
-34%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.3
2.4
44%
7.6
-77%
5.7
-33%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.16 102%
2.36 93%
2.156 102%
CCT
7119 91%
6664 98%
8732 74%
7660 85%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
23% / 26%
-7% / -23%
-6% / -17%

* ... 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
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 18 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22.8 ms rise
↘ 27.2 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. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.1 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 14793 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


Grayscale (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (advanced settings, warmest white balance, target color space: sRGB)
Alcatel 1S (2021) outdoors
Alcatel 1S (2021) outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

Like last year, the Alcatel 1S (2021) is powered by a Helio P22 with 3 GB of RAM, which was already not the youngest in 2020. The performance deficits become more noticeable with the newer operating system. The system is a bit sluggish and launching apps sometimes takes a second or two.

The smartphone already heats up noticeably in idle mode, but the surface temperatures hardly increase under permanent load.

The speaker on the lower edge has a very high treble and is well suited for phone calls. Media playback on the other hand is not its field of expertise. The jack is really good for this price range (SNR: 82.01 dBFS) and the audio codec support for Bluetooth (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+ and LDAC) is also surprisingly broad.

The battery runtimes of the Alcatel 1S (2021) are shorter than those of the predecessor, but it still achieves a good result in the test.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
137 Points ∼24%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
316 Points ∼56% +131%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
136 Points ∼24% -1%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
247 Points ∼44% +80%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (134 - 155, n=9)
142 Points ∼25% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1604, n=235, last 2 years)
565 Points ∼100% +312%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
796 Points ∼41%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1275 Points ∼66% +60%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
794 Points ∼41% 0%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1170 Points ∼60% +47%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (475 - 883, n=9)
761 Points ∼39% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4455, n=235, last 2 years)
1939 Points ∼100% +144%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4779 Points ∼50%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4779 - 5126, n=2)
4953 Points ∼52% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 16564, n=45, last 2 years)
9536 Points ∼100% +100%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
782 Points ∼23%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1797 Points ∼53% +130%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
732 Points ∼22% -6%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1418 Points ∼42% +81%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (428 - 830, n=23)
633 Points ∼19% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=261, last 2 years)
3370 Points ∼100% +331%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
713 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1715 Points ∼44% +141%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
678 Points ∼17% -5%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1286 Points ∼33% +80%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (370 - 750, n=23)
572 Points ∼15% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=261, last 2 years)
3942 Points ∼100% +453%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1185 Points ∼43%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2161 Points ∼78% +82%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1014 Points ∼37% -14%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2218 Points ∼80% +87%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (854 - 1185, n=23)
1026 Points ∼37% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=261, last 2 years)
2757 Points ∼100% +133%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
854 Points ∼22%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1861 Points ∼47% +118%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
813 Points ∼21% -5%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1425 Points ∼36% +67%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (513 - 873, n=23)
770 Points ∼20% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=277, last 2 years)
3947 Points ∼100% +362%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
790 Points ∼16%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1779 Points ∼36% +125%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
763 Points ∼15% -3%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
1301 Points ∼26% +65%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (452 - 823, n=23)
719 Points ∼14% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 22052, n=277, last 2 years)
4982 Points ∼100% +531%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1189 Points ∼41%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2221 Points ∼76% +87%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1053 Points ∼36% -11%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2135 Points ∼73% +80%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (900 - 1195, n=23)
1032 Points ∼35% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=275, last 2 years)
2908 Points ∼100% +145%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
442 Points ∼17%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1173 Points ∼45% +165%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
396 Points ∼15% -10%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
859 Points ∼33% +94%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (269 - 470, n=22)
383 Points ∼15% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=259, last 2 years)
2628 Points ∼100% +495%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
375 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1022 Points ∼37% +173%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
337 Points ∼12% -10%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
730 Points ∼26% +95%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (222 - 405, n=22)
326 Points ∼12% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=259, last 2 years)
2784 Points ∼100% +642%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1175 Points ∼42%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2424 Points ∼86% +106%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1011 Points ∼36% -14%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2250 Points ∼80% +91%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (860 - 1175, n=22)
1022 Points ∼36% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=259, last 2 years)
2803 Points ∼100% +139%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
494 Points ∼15%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1176 Points ∼37% +138%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
458 Points ∼14% -7%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
859 Points ∼27% +74%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (426 - 536, n=22)
482 Points ∼15% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=275, last 2 years)
3191 Points ∼100% +546%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
423 Points ∼12%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
1032 Points ∼29% +144%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
394 Points ∼11% -7%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
732 Points ∼21% +73%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (368 - 467, n=22)
418 Points ∼12% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 12914, n=275, last 2 years)
3565 Points ∼100% +743%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1188 Points ∼40%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2298 Points ∼78% +93%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1055 Points ∼36% -11%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2190 Points ∼74% +84%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (912 - 1188, n=22)
1036 Points ∼35% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=275, last 2 years)
2959 Points ∼100% +149%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
Points ∼0%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
369 Points ∼13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 7275, n=91, last 2 years)
2735 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
Points ∼0%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
369 Points ∼13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 8672, n=88, last 2 years)
2941 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
% ∼0%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
99.5 % ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=80, last 2 years)
89.6 % ∼90%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7 fps ∼32%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
7.5 fps ∼34% +7%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.1 fps ∼32% +1%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
11 fps ∼50% +57%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (6.4 - 7.6, n=21)
6.9 fps ∼31% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=281, last 2 years)
22.2 fps ∼100% +217%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3.8 fps ∼15%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
8.3 fps ∼33% +118%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3.7 fps ∼15% -3%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
6.1 fps ∼24% +61%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3.5 - 4.7, n=21)
3.81 fps ∼15% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=280, last 2 years)
25.5 fps ∼100% +571%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.5 fps ∼31%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
4.4 fps ∼30% -2%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.4 fps ∼30% -2%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
6.8 fps ∼46% +51%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4.1 - 4.8, n=21)
4.35 fps ∼30% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=281, last 2 years)
14.7 fps ∼100% +227%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 1S 2021
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.4 fps ∼14%
Xiaomi Poco M3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼28% +100%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.3 fps ∼13% -7%
Nokia 3.4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 3072
2 fps ∼20% +43%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (1.3 - 1.6, n=21)
1.39 fps ∼14% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=280, last 2 years)
10.1 fps ∼100% +621%
Alcatel 1S 2021Xiaomi Poco M3Alcatel 1S (2020)Nokia 3.4Average 32 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
343%
8%
129%
5%
320%
Sequential Read 256KB
234.69
509.23
117%
273.28
16%
301.9
29%
240 (25.8 - 452, n=227)
2%
750 (41.9 - 2037, n=287, last 2 years)
220%
Sequential Write 256KB
125.28
269.2
115%
146.02
17%
221.6
77%
97.9 (14.8 - 189, n=227)
-22%
327 (11.9 - 1321, n=287, last 2 years)
161%
Random Read 4KB
34.37
147.03
328%
26.57
-23%
123.1
258%
42 (3.59 - 117, n=227)
22%
134 (13.5 - 325, n=287, last 2 years)
290%
Random Write 4KB
16.9
154.1
812%
20.27
20%
42.5
151%
20 (0.75 - 89.5, n=227)
18%
120 (4.97 - 330, n=287, last 2 years)
610%

Temperature

Max. Load
 33.4 °C
92 F
33 °C
91 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
 33.4 °C
92 F
33.4 °C
92 F
35.1 °C
95 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
33 °C
91 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 35.3 °C = 96 F
Average: 33.7 °C = 93 F
30.6 °C
87 F
31.8 °C
89 F
32.5 °C
91 F
30.1 °C
86 F
31.2 °C
88 F
33.4 °C
92 F
30.3 °C
87 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.1 °C
90 F
Maximum: 33.4 °C = 92 F
Average: 31.5 °C = 89 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.1 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.7 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.4 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.8 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.325.62523.3213120.325.6401926.55029.828.36317.226.48012.927.410019.427.412512.126.81601125.62009.528.925012.633.531513.63840010.543.35001153.16309.75880011.169.7100011.575.8125012.778.1160013.476.9200012.776.1250013.676.8315014.176.740001377.2500013.277.1630013.976.7800013.477.71000013.778.41250014.473.41600016.758.6SPL25.188.2N0.669.5median 13median 73.4Delta0.916.935.93333.7302524.529.325.93328.125.625.620.817.522.620.515.315.514.2231231.41140.410.845.79.348.39.854.41160.511.264.112.865.213.665.912.866.412.76413.861.814.364.41566.915.764.116.761.917.663.618.465.819.360.320.142.366.366.326.976.318.719.50.736.7median 13.8median 61.82.711.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAlcatel 1S 2021Nokia 3.4
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Alcatel 1S 2021 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 43.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 10.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (0.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 76% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 85% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Nokia 3.4 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.4% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 57% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 73% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Alcatel 1S 2021
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco M3
6000 mAh
Alcatel 1S (2020)
4000 mAh
Nokia 3.4
4000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
854
1249
46%
1226
44%
843
-1%
898 (425 - 2000, n=295, last 2 years)
5%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 90)
14h 14min

Pros

+ good voice quality
+ microSD with exFAT support
+ decent audio jack

Cons

- dark display
- bad ambient light sensor
- Micro USB

Verdict - Light and shadow

In the review: Alcatel 1S (2021). Test device provided by TCL Germany.
In the review: Alcatel 1S (2021). Test device provided by TCL Germany.

TCL follows its own path with the Alcatel 1S (2021) and unfortunately does not quite manage to find the balance between the tried and true and innovations. The display is a bit bigger and finally has an ambient light sensor, but it is quite dark.

The camera improves its low-light performance a bit, but this is at the expense of the quality in daylight. Furthermore, the battery runtimes are also worse and both Micro-USB and the P22 processor are no longer up to date.

The Alcatel 1S (2021) is a typical entry-level smartphone. However, those who do not necessarily need Android 11 will find the better price-performance ratio in the predecessor.

Good telephony features, the option to expand the memory, and a good audio jack are also on the plus side.

Price and availability

The Alcatel 1S (2021) is available in both color variants at Amazon

Alcatel 1S 2021 - 05/17/2021 v7
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Chassis
75%
Keyboard
64 / 75 → 85%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
39 / 70 → 55%
Weight
89%
Battery
90%
Display
83%
Games Performance
6 / 64 → 9%
Application Performance
57 / 86 → 66%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
74 / 90 → 82%
Camera
50%
Average
69%
74%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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