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Alcatel 3L (2020) Review - Smartphone with Long Runtime and 48-MP Camera

Saving miracle? The Alcatel 3L wants to impress with a lavish memory equipment, a 4,000 mAh battery and a 48 MP triple camera at a low price. Our review shows which stones are hidden on the road to success.
Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy),
Alcatel 3L 2020 (3 Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762 8 x 2 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.22 inch 19:9, 1520 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, Dragontrail 2.5D Glass, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 53.83 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Acceleration and proximity sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (bands 1, 2, 5 and 8), LTE Cat. 4 (bands 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: 48 MPix (wide angle, f/1.8, 1/2.25", 0.8 µm) + 5 MPix (ultra wide angle, GC5035, f/2.2, 1/5", 1.12 µm) + 2 MPix (macro, GC2385, f/2.4, 1/5", 1.65 µm); Camera2 API level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (Fixed focus, 4H7/HI846, f/2.0, 1/4", 1.12 μm)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Virtual, Power supply (10 Watt), USB cable, SIM tool, headset, documentation, 24 Months Warranty, Head SAR: 1.53 W/kg, body SAR: 1.46 W/kg, single-band GNSS: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo and SBAS, fanless
Weight
165 g ( = 5.82 oz / 0.36 pounds), Power Supply: 63 g ( = 2.22 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
150 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
76 %7
07/2020
Alcatel 3L 2020
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
165 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.22"1520x720
75 %7
06/2020
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
165 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.22"1520x720
75 %7
06/2020
Wiko View 4 Lite
Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320
174 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720
79 %7
01/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
SD 665, Adreno 610
200 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.3"2340x1080

Case, equipment and operation

The Alcatel 3L (2020) has a seamless plastic back, which lies comfortably in the hand due to its gapless design and rounded edges. The workmanship is good and the smartphone leaves a solid impression. The camera boss is a bit more concise than on the 1S and protrudes 1.3 millimeters out of the case.

The smartphone is charged and data can be exchanged via the micro-USB port. OTG is supported so that storage media and other peripherals can also be connected to the Alcatel 3L. According to the manufacturer, the microSD slot supports media up to 128 GB, but larger memory cards should also be compatible. Another positive aspect is that the exFAT file system is supported. The card slide can either hold a nano-SIM and a microSD or another SIM instead of the memory card. 

Android 10 is used as the operating system, which is equipped with the security patches as of March 5, 2020 at the time of testing. We don't expect an update to Android 11 for the 3L, and security updates will probably also be distributed in larger intervals. 

With LTE Cat. 4, 2.4 GHz WLAN and without NFC, the communication characteristics are limited to the bare essentials. In combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX 12, the Alcatel smartphone shows very stable transmission rates and the range is also good. 

The Alcatel 3L's (2020) voice quality is decent when the smartphone is held to the ear. However, the user is accompanied by a slight noise and background noise is only moderately filtered out. In loudspeaker mode, the microphone has a long range without reverberating too much, but the noise is amplified again. The phone supports both VoLTE and WLAN calling. 

The touchscreen responds very reliably to inputs, at best the somewhat slower system speed occasionally causes short waiting times. The fingerprint scanner on the back shows a good recognition rate in the test, but isn't one of the fastest in its class. A 2D face recognition is also available. 

Size comparison

167 mm / 6.57 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 8.45 mm / 0.3327 inch 174 g0.3836 lbs161.15 mm / 6.34 inch 75.4 mm / 2.97 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.45 mm / 0.3327 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs158.7 mm / 6.25 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.45 mm / 0.3327 inch 165 g0.3638 lbs
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
315 (min: 157, max: 352) MBit/s ∼100% +366%
Alcatel 3L 2020
802.11 b/g/n
67.6 (min: 57, max: 73) MBit/s ∼21%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
802.11 b/g/n
65.7 (min: 60, max: 70) MBit/s ∼21% -3%
Wiko View 4 Lite
802.11 b/g/n
37.2 (min: 2, max: 62) MBit/s ∼12% -45%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
278 (min: 218, max: 305) MBit/s ∼100% +337%
Alcatel 3L 2020
802.11 b/g/n
63.6 (min: 31, max: 67) MBit/s ∼23%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
802.11 b/g/n
62.8 (min: 58, max: 66) MBit/s ∼23% -1%
Wiko View 4 Lite
802.11 b/g/n
24.5 (min: 1, max: 61) MBit/s ∼9% -61%
01020304050607080Tooltip
; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø67.1 (57-73)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø62.5 (31-67)

Cameras - Alcatel 3L with 48 MP camera

Selfie

The front camera provides useful results, but quickly struggles with backlighting and then tends to burn out image areas. The subject is also sharpened quite strongly in the standard settings. 

As the Alcatel 3L's (2020) highlight, TCL provides a Samsung GM1 sensor with 48 MP. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn't succeed in exhausting the sensor's possibilities. Close-ups seem a bit too cool and the panorama motif lacks clarity. Hopefully, the manufacturer will make improvements here via an update. 

Videos can at best be recorded in Full HD with 30 FPS. 

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-LightZoomUltraweitwinkel
ColorChecker
24.1 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
22.8 ∆E
26.5 ∆E
24.7 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
33.4 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
17.1 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
24.5 ∆E
37.6 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
20.7 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
21.5 ∆E
21 ∆E
26.8 ∆E
27.2 ∆E
21.8 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Alcatel 3L 2020: 23.83 ∆E min: 13.2 - max: 37.56 ∆E
ColorChecker
9.2 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
11.2 ∆E
18.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
6 ∆E
4 ∆E
5 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Alcatel 3L 2020: 7.48 ∆E min: 2.9 - max: 18.45 ∆E

Display - No ambient light sensor in Alcatel mobile phone

Sub-pixel array

The display of the Alcatel 3L (2020) shows similar readings as the smaller sister model 1S. We measured an even slightly better black level in a full-screen display, which is why the contrast is stronger. However, the black level (0.39 cd/m²) increases with an even distribution of bright and dark areas, which also applies to the brightness in the center of the image (470 cd/m²), but still gives the 3L a weaker contrast ratio (1.205:1).

With 1,520 x 720 pixels, the IPS panel delivers a resolution typical of its class, but pixel structures can be visible on closer inspection. The colour display, which we analysed 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.

An ambient light sensor should be obligatory by now, TCL saves in the wrong place. 

427
cd/m²
467
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
430
cd/m²
463
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 467 cd/m² Average: 448.6 cd/m² Minimum: 4.66 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 463 cd/m²
Contrast: 1852:1 (Black: 0.25 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8
ΔE Greyscale 6.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6
95.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.3
Alcatel 3L 2020
IPS, 1520x720, 6.22
Alcatel 1S (2020)
IPS, 1520x720, 6.22
Wiko View 4 Lite
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.3
Response Times
6%
-35%
-28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44.8 (20.4, 24.4)
48 (21.2, 26.8)
-7%
66 (34.8, 31.2)
-47%
56 (27.2, 28.8)
-25%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (11.6, 16.4)
22.8 (9.2, 13.6)
19%
34.4 (16.4, 18)
-23%
36.8 (20.4, 16.4)
-31%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-11%
15%
12%
Brightness middle
463
470
2%
501
8%
628
36%
Brightness
449
456
2%
470
5%
631
41%
Brightness Distribution
91
87
-4%
88
-3%
93
2%
Black Level *
0.25
0.33
-32%
0.25
-0%
0.54
-116%
Contrast
1852
1424
-23%
2004
8%
1163
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6
6.7
-12%
4.5
25%
2
67%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
11.5
12.1
-5%
9.8
15%
5.1
56%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.5
7.6
-17%
2.7
58%
3.7
43%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.36 93%
2.2 100%
2.17 101%
CCT
8233 79%
8732 74%
6962 93%
6230 104%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -8%
-10% / 5%
-8% / 4%

* ... 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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.6 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20.4 ms rise
↘ 24.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 68 % 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 17927 (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)
Outdoor use
Viewing angles

Performance, emissions and battery life

A MediaTek Helio P22 is used in the Alcatel 3L (2020), which offers a slightly higher performance for this chipset, but is rather one of the slower SoCs. Nevertheless TCL achieves a decent system performance. The memory equipment is on a good level, but shows quite slow read and write accesses with small data sets.

The Alcatel smartphone's surface temperatures are on a harmless level and the device doesn't even get hand-warm under constant load. 

The loudspeaker on the bottom edge delivers a fairly decent sound output at medium volume, but distorts at maximum volume. The audio jack shows a mostly linear reproduction, only in the low bass range it drops a bit, the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR: 42.36 dBFS) is still on a satisfactory level, but a slight noise is noticeable in quiet passages. 

Even for a 4.000 mAh battery, the Alcatel 3L (2020) has an excellent runtime and leaves the comparison field clearly behind. We also positively noticed the low discharge in standby. 

Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
863 Points ∼43%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
794 Points ∼40% -8%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
445 Points ∼22% -48%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1390 Points ∼70% +61%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (794 - 863, n=2)
829 Points ∼42% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (445 - 3531, n=90)
1990 Points ∼100% +131%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
147 Points ∼26%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
136 Points ∼24% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
124 Points ∼22% -16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
313 Points ∼55% +113%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (136 - 147, n=2)
142 Points ∼25% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1342, n=90)
568 Points ∼100% +286%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5227 Points ∼79%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4817 Points ∼73% -8%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
5060 Points ∼77% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6587 Points ∼100% +26%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3805 - 5237, n=14)
4643 Points ∼70% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 13202, n=491)
5840 Points ∼89% +12%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1127 Points ∼47%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1055 Points ∼44% -6%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1131 Points ∼47% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2410 Points ∼100% +114%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (912 - 1187, n=13)
1012 Points ∼42% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=497)
2178 Points ∼90% +93%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
426 Points ∼21%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
394 Points ∼19% -8%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
395 Points ∼19% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
990 Points ∼48% +132%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (376 - 451, n=13)
423 Points ∼20% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 9567, n=497)
2077 Points ∼100% +388%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
494 Points ∼26%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
458 Points ∼24% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
462 Points ∼24% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1139 Points ∼59% +131%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (435 - 523, n=13)
485 Points ∼25% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 8204, n=498)
1929 Points ∼100% +290%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1088 Points ∼45%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1053 Points ∼44% -3%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1121 Points ∼47% +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2399 Points ∼100% +120%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (900 - 1195, n=14)
1006 Points ∼42% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=527)
2087 Points ∼87% +92%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
823 Points ∼30%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
763 Points ∼28% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
768 Points ∼28% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1663 Points ∼60% +102%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (452 - 823, n=14)
694 Points ∼25% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=527)
2766 Points ∼100% +236%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
870 Points ∼37%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
813 Points ∼35% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
826 Points ∼36% -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1785 Points ∼77% +105%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (513 - 870, n=14)
744 Points ∼32% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10699, n=527)
2325 Points ∼100% +167%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1088 Points ∼44%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1011 Points ∼41% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1099 Points ∼45% +1%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2468 Points ∼100% +127%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (860 - 1131, n=13)
982 Points ∼40% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5209, n=577)
2064 Points ∼84% +90%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
376 Points ∼22%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
337 Points ∼19% -10%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
340 Points ∼20% -10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
927 Points ∼53% +147%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (257 - 397, n=13)
328 Points ∼19% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 8469, n=577)
1737 Points ∼100% +362%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
440 Points ∼27%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
396 Points ∼24% -10%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
402 Points ∼24% -9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1076 Points ∼65% +145%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (305 - 464, n=13)
385 Points ∼23% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7323, n=578)
1660 Points ∼100% +277%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1064 Points ∼44%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1014 Points ∼42% -5%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1096 Points ∼45% +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2412 Points ∼100% +127%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (854 - 1139, n=14)
987 Points ∼41% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=619)
1927 Points ∼80% +81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
750 Points ∼33%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
678 Points ∼30% -10%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
694 Points ∼30% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1616 Points ∼71% +115%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (370 - 750, n=14)
548 Points ∼24% -27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 12494, n=618)
2281 Points ∼100% +204%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
803 Points ∼41%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
732 Points ∼37% -9%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
756 Points ∼38% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1744 Points ∼89% +117%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (428 - 803, n=14)
607 Points ∼31% -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 9492, n=621)
1965 Points ∼100% +145%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
15891 Points ∼82%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
13728 Points ∼71% -14%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
14306 Points ∼74% -10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
19349 Points ∼100% +22%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9674 - 15891, n=14)
12309 Points ∼64% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 58293, n=767)
15269 Points ∼79% -4%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
13491 Points ∼52%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
12309 Points ∼47% -9%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
13006 Points ∼50% -4%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
24871 Points ∼96% +84%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9536 - 13491, n=14)
10911 Points ∼42% -19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209431, n=765)
25945 Points ∼100% +92%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
13960 Points ∼60%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
12598 Points ∼54% -10%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
13274 Points ∼57% -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
23388 Points ∼100% +68%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (9835 - 13960, n=14)
11154 Points ∼48% -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 112989, n=765)
20395 Points ∼87% +46%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.8 fps ∼43%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.4 fps ∼39% -8%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
4.2 fps ∼38% -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
4.4 fps ∼39% -8%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (4.1 - 4.8, n=13)
4.32 fps ∼39% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=290)
11.2 fps ∼100% +133%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼19%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.3 fps ∼16% -13%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
1.3 fps ∼16% -13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼35% +87%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (1.3 - 1.6, n=13)
1.385 fps ∼17% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=288)
8.03 fps ∼100% +435%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.6 fps ∼46%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
7.1 fps ∼43% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
6.7 fps ∼40% -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
7.4 fps ∼45% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (6.7 - 7.6, n=13)
6.89 fps ∼42% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=294)
16.6 fps ∼100% +118%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 3L 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4 fps ∼21%
Alcatel 1S (2020)
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
3.7 fps ∼19% -7%
Wiko View 4 Lite
Mediatek Helio A25, PowerVR GE8320, 2048
3.7 fps ∼19% -7%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.1 fps ∼42% +103%
Average Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762
  (3.5 - 4.7, n=13)
3.79 fps ∼20% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=293)
19.3 fps ∼100% +383%
Alcatel 3L 2020Alcatel 1S (2020)Wiko View 4 LiteXiaomi Redmi Note 8TAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
23%
29%
211%
60%
68%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
61.96 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
62.36 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
62.57 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
52.83 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-15%
57.6 (11.2 - 74.7, n=121)
-7%
50.7 (1.7 - 87.1, n=509)
-18%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
82.78 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
82.03 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
81.76 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
71.63 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-13%
76.6 (21.1 - 87.2, n=121)
-7%
68.7 (8.1 - 96.5, n=509)
-17%
Random Write 4KB
8.68
20.27
134%
17.92
106%
91.15
950%
27 (3.4 - 133, n=138)
211%
33.2 (0.14 - 319, n=857)
282%
Random Read 4KB
20.91
26.57
27%
46.19
121%
90.38
332%
56.3 (11.4 - 149, n=138)
169%
57.2 (1.59 - 324, n=857)
174%
Sequential Write 256KB
173.4
146.02
-16%
121.85
-30%
173.95
0%
174 (40 - 254, n=138)
0%
122 (2.99 - 911, n=857)
-30%
Sequential Read 256KB
287.7
273.28
-5%
219.04
-24%
315.75
10%
274 (95.6 - 704, n=138)
-5%
330 (12.1 - 1802, n=857)
15%

Temperature

Max. Load
 34.9 °C
95 F
34.7 °C
94 F
35.6 °C
96 F
 
 35.1 °C
95 F
33.9 °C
93 F
35.5 °C
96 F
 
 33.6 °C
92 F
34.5 °C
94 F
34.8 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
32.2 °C
90 F
32.8 °C
91 F
35.5 °C
96 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
35.5 °C
96 F
32.1 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
34.7 °C
94 F
Maximum: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Average: 33.5 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  30 °C = 86 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.7 °C / 94 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 35.6 °C / 96 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 35.5 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.8 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.


Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.836.52519.627.43123.925.74024.323.45030.529.96318.724.28020.427.310018.622.712517.520.716019.524.520019.221.425016.431.531515.238.140014.243.650014.752.463013.856.380014.665.5100014.169.5125013.570.1160014.471.4200013.970.3250013.869.3315013.868.2400014.770.7500014.271.6630014.465.8800014.963.6100001567.71250015.165.41600015.354.1SPL26.580.9N0.845.2median 14.7median 65.4Delta0.814.534.834.219.625.723.929.324.325.930.532.918.723.920.420.618.618.917.518.419.528.219.237.216.447.515.25514.251.614.757.313.865.114.671.814.174.913.572.314.471.713.972.113.868.613.867.514.775.414.274.214.463.614.9621562.415.16215.351.826.583.10.852.6median 14.7median 62.40.810.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAlcatel 3L 2020Wiko View 4 Lite
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Alcatel 3L 2020 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 38.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 16% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 85% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 11% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Wiko View 4 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 65% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 78% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Loudspeaker (Pink-Noise)
Audio jack (Pink Noise)
Audio jack (THD / THD+N)

Battery life

Alcatel 3L 2020
4000 mAh
Wiko View 4 Lite
4000 mAh
Alcatel 1S (2020)
4000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
4000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1456
1133
-22%
1226
-16%
764
-48%
690 (223 - 2636, n=724)
-53%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 81)
24h 16min

Pros

+ excellent battery life
+ decent display
+ microSD with exFAT support

Cons

- No ambient light sensor
- ISP of the camera not up to the task

Verdict - The camera could make the difference

In review: Alcatel 3L (2020). Test device provided by TCL Germany.
In review: Alcatel 3L (2020). Test device provided by TCL Germany.

With the Alcatel 3L (2020), TCL succeeds in creating an appealing entry-level smartphone on paper, which is definitely worth the extra price, especially in direct comparison to the 1S. The display knows to please in the test, but has to do without an ambient light sensor. In our eyes, this should not be missing. The memory equipment is good and there is also microSD support. 

The Alcatel 3L (2020) is a good entry-level smartphone, but will have a hard time against Redmi's competition. 

A real highlight could have been the 48 MP triple camera, but unfortunately the manufacturer fails to exploit the sensor's capabilities and creates bad conditions for this to happen at all with the Helio P22, as its ISP is not designed for this sensor at all. In contrast, the Alcatel 3L is excellent in terms of battery life. 

Alcatel 3L 2020 - 07/02/2020 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
76%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
37 / 70 → 53%
Weight
91%
Battery
95%
Display
82%
Games Performance
7 / 64 → 11%
Application Performance
53 / 86 → 62%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 90 → 78%
Camera
59%
Average
70%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-07- 2 (Update: 2020-07- 2)
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Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim
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