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Alcatel 3V Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker (translated by Alex Alderson), 07/10/2018

Plastic with style. The Alcatel 3V is priced well and should be powerful enough for casual users. Alcatel has managed to make the device look stylish despite using a plastic case. Find out in this review whether the Alcatel 3V’s internal hardware is as good as it looks.

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Alcatel 3V

Since dropping the OneTouch moniker from its smartphones, Alcatel has focused on releasing budget devices like the Alcatel Shine Lite. This emphasis has changed following the release of the new Alcatel 3 Series, a set of four mid-range devices for 2018.

In this review we will be focusing on the Alcatel 3V, a mid-range device that is powered by a MediaTek MT8735 SoC, an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The 3V also simultaneously supports two nano-SIM cards and microSD cards up to 128 GB.

The sub 200-Euro (~$233) smartphone market is a saturated one, so we have chosen to compare the 3V against comparably priced and performing devices. These are the Honor 7C, the Gigaset GS270 Plus, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and the HTC Desire 12.

Alcatel 3V (3 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
6 inch 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel 402 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: Up to 128 GB microSD cards, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-sensor, Proximity sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Fingerprint sensor
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS (B1/2/5/8), LTE Cat. 4 (B1/3/7/8/20/28A/B38), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.1 x 162 x 76 ( = 0.32 x 6.38 x 2.99 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix 12 MP: f/2.2, 1.25 μm, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), LED flash. 2 MP: f/2.4, depth of field sensor. Videos in up to 1080p at 30 FPS
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Two speakers, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, Headphones, protective case, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value head: 1.04 W/kg. SAR value body: 0.83 W/kg, fanless
Weight
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds), Power Supply: 66 g ( = 2.33 oz / 0.15 pounds)
Price
190 Euro

 

The 3V has a plastic case with a glossy finish. The 3V is available in black, blue and gold. The black and blue variants have black display bezels while the gold variant has white bezels.

The workmanship is impressive, although the edges between the front and rear of our test device could be smoother. The hardware buttons are not of equal quality either. While the power button and SIM/microSD card tray sit firmly, it is easy to wiggle the volume rocker. The bottom of the back case gives way under pressure and we could hear a quiet creaking sound when twisting the device.

Alcatel 3V
Alcatel 3V
Alcatel 3V
Alcatel 3V
Alcatel 3V
Alcatel 3V

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The 3V is powered by a MediaTek MT8735 SoC that integrates a quad-core ARM-A53 CPU and an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. This is combined with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The 3V is a dual-SIM device that supports simultaneous microSD card expansion too, which isn’t always the case with mid-range devices. The 3V supports up to 128 GB microSD cards but can only format them as external storage, which means that apps can only be stored on the internal memory. You can plug in USB thumb drives via the OTG-capable Micro USB 2.0 port too.

The 3V has a 3.5 mm jack as well, which isn’t always a given. There is an audible click when headphones are connected, with the port holding them firmly in place.

Left-hand side: volume rocker
Left-hand side: volume rocker
Right-hand side: power button, SIM/microSD card slot
Right-hand side: power button, SIM/microSD card slot

Software

The 3V ships with Android Oreo 8.0, with our test device running Android security patch level March 5, 2018. Alcatel includes plenty of preinstalled software on the 3V. There is the One-Touch app store, Microsoft Office, Netflix, Facebook, some games and a suite of Alcatel apps. Alcatel also includes an enjoy.now app which allows users to register their devices to receive special offers, news, tutorials and tips as to how best use their device. All additional software can easily be uninstalled.

The 3V supports multiple user accounts, which are accessible in Settings.

Default home screen
Default home screen
Default home screen and some preinstalled apps
Default home screen and some preinstalled apps
Alcatel preinstalled tools
Alcatel preinstalled tools
Preinstalled games
Preinstalled games
App drawer demonstrating some of the wealth of preinstalled apps
App drawer demonstrating some of the wealth of preinstalled apps
Quick settings pane
Quick settings pane
Internal storage management
Internal storage management
Device information
Device information

Communication & GPS

The 3V supports GSM, UMTS and LTE Cat.4 for connecting to mobile Internet. The MediaTek MT8735 SoC theoretically supports up to 150 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds. Our test device cannot achieve this in practice though, with the mobile network and Wi-Fi signal frequently dropping off sooner than our comparison devices.

The 3V supports IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, which means it can connect to both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi networks. Broadly, transmission speeds are unimpressive, with our test device being around 50% slower than the class average. However, the 3V fares much better against our comparison devices, where it is at least 50% faster in iperf3 Client tests than our best comparison device.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 939, n=230)
194 MBit/s ∼100% +108%
Alcatel 3V
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
93.4 MBit/s ∼48%
HTC Desire 12
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 32 GB eMMC Flash
61.06 MBit/s ∼31% -35%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 32 GB eMMC Flash
60.2 MBit/s ∼31% -36%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.9 MBit/s ∼28% -42%
Honor 7C
Adreno 506, 450, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46 MBit/s ∼24% -51%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (44.3 - 703, n=230)
189 MBit/s ∼100% +96%
Alcatel 3V
Mali-T720 MP2, MT8735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
96.5 MBit/s ∼51%
HTC Desire 12
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 32 GB eMMC Flash
81.83 MBit/s ∼43% -15%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 32 GB eMMC Flash
61.8 MBit/s ∼33% -36%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.7 MBit/s ∼29% -42%
Honor 7C
Adreno 506, 450, 32 GB eMMC Flash
53 MBit/s ∼28% -45%
GPS test: outdoors
GPS test: outdoors
GPS test: inside
GPS test: inside

The 3V uses GLONASS and GPS for location services. Location accuracy is impressive for a device at this price, with our test device being able to locate us to an accuracy of four meters when inside and two meters when outside.

We took the 3V on a bike ride to test its location accuracy against a professional navigation device, the Garmin Edge 520. Our test device performed reasonably well, but there were some dropouts that affected the overall distance recorded. Our test device recorded 180 meters more than the Garmin, which is around a 4% discrepancy. Overall, the 3V should be suitable for all general navigation tasks but not those that require higher precision.

GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Overview
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Bridge
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Wooded area
GPS test: Garmin Edge 520 – Wooded area
GPS test: Alcatel 3V - Overview
GPS test: Alcatel 3V - Overview
GPS test: Alcatel 3V – Bridge
GPS test: Alcatel 3V – Bridge
GPS test: Alcatel 3V – Wooded area
GPS test: Alcatel 3V – Wooded area

Telephone Function & Call Quality

The 3V uses the Google Phone app for handling calls and managing contacts. Call quality is adequate for a device at this price, but the earpiece is comparatively quiet, which makes it difficult to hear calls in areas of background noise. Worse still, voices quickly sound scratchy if either person starts speaking too loudly.

Call quality is much better with the included headphones. The 3V does not seem to support VoLTE or VoWiFi either.

Cameras

Photo taken with the front-facing camera
Photo taken with the front-facing camera

The 3V has dual 12 MP & 2 MP rear-facing cameras and a 5 MP front-facing camera. The front-facing camera takes adequate selfies, but images often look slightly out of focus and lack details when trying to take a selfie in daylight. The camera app has two slides that allow you to soften the image and adjust the color temperature before taking a shot.

The main camera has two sensors. The 12 MP sensor is the larger of the two and has an f/2.2 aperture and 1.25 μm pixel size. By contrast, the secondary 2 MP camera has an f/2.4 aperture and assists the 12 MP camera in creating bokeh effect photos.

Panoramic shots look good, but the camera only moderately compensates for large differences in brightness throughout an image. The main camera reproduces dark areas so darkly that they jar with the rest of the image. The main camera captures details relatively well, but details look muddier outside of the camera’s area of focus.

Macro shots look good too, with the main camera capturing images sharply when using the camera in good lighting. The contrast between dark and light areas is stronger than it should be though. Our test shot is overexposed, but there is at least the impression that it was taken in summer.

The high sensitivity of the main camera is clearly apparent when taking low-light shots though. The 3V’s low-light performance is better than even our Sony A77 comparison camera.

Unfortunately, the Alcatel camera app is scant on photo options. There is no way to adjust brightness, white balance, shutter speed or ISO values. There are various modes and filters, but you will need to download another camera app if you want to change settings for specific shots.

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.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker: The reference color is displayed in the lower half of each patch
ColorChecker: The reference color is displayed in the lower half of each patch

We then tested the 3V against ColorChecker to measure how accurate the device reproduces colors. Our tests in controlled lighting conditions demonstrate that the 3V reproduces colors too darkly, especially with gray and black tones.

The photo of our test device came out very dark too. The level of detail is adequate though, with fine lines being clearly visible. Even line edges are not affected by blurriness, which is impressive for a device at this price.

Photo of our test chart
Photo of our test chart
Test chart in detail

Accessories & Warranty

The 3V comes with a charger, headphones, a protective case, a SIM tool and a USB Type-A to Micro USB cable. The headphones sound good enough to be used for listening to music and for making phone calls.

Alcatel does not offer any accessories specific to the 3V.

The 3V comes with 24 months manufacturer’s warranty.

Input Devices & Operation

Alcatel has set Google Gboard as the default keyboard. Gboard is one of the most popular keyboards for Android and has been downloaded over 500 million times at the time of writing. There are plenty of other reputable keyboards available on the Google Play Store if Gboard doesn’t meet your needs though.

Our test device’s touchscreen worked reliably throughout our tests. The touchscreen has a smooth and glossy finish, which helps make drag and drop movements easy to execute. The display does take slightly too long to rotate though.

The 3V can be secured with either a PIN, a pattern lock, your face or by fingerprints. You must have a PIN or a pattern lock as a secondary method of security if you enable fingerprint unlocking. This is also the case with face unlock. Face unlock is fast, but it is not as secure as the technology used in the Apple iPhone X; the 3V’s face unlock could be easily spoofed. The fingerprint sensor works well too, but it requires precise positioning of your finger for the fingerprint to be registered.

The keyboard in portrait mode
The keyboard in portrait mode
The keyboard in landscape mode
The keyboard in landscape mode

Display

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

The 3V has a 6.0-inch IPS display with a 2160x1080 native resolution and a 2:1 aspect ratio. You may see 2:1 aspect ratios referred elsewhere as 18:9.

Our test device achieved an average maximum brightness of 461.9 cd/m² using X-Rite i1Pro 2. This is a relatively low value but one which is marginally lower than most of our comparison devices. Overall, the 3V has a display that is bright enough for a device at this price.

487
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
436
cd/m²
477
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
470
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 487 cd/m² Average: 461.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 463 cd/m²
Contrast: 1689:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.95 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 5.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
94.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.27
Alcatel 3V
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Honor 7C
IPS, 1440x720, 5.99
Gigaset GS270 Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
HTC Desire 12
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Screen
-22%
-17%
4%
10%
Brightness middle
473
392
-17%
487
3%
620
31%
502
6%
Brightness
462
403
-13%
476
3%
612
32%
499
8%
Brightness Distribution
90
85
-6%
89
-1%
96
7%
84
-7%
Black Level *
0.28
0.61
-118%
0.35
-25%
0.57
-104%
0.2
29%
Contrast
1689
643
-62%
1391
-18%
1088
-36%
2510
49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.95
5.4
-9%
6.39
-29%
3.46
30%
5.4
-9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
12.1
9.7
20%
14.24
-18%
7.88
35%
10.8
11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.8
4.2
28%
8.6
-48%
3.9
33%
6.2
-7%
Gamma
2.27 106%
2.59 93%
1.91 126%
2.073 116%
2.07 116%
CCT
7779 84%
6734 97%
7366 88%
7230 90%
7660 85%

* ... smaller is better

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: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10590 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

The 3V has a comparatively impressive black value though, with its score of 0.28 cd/m² being higher than all our comparison devices except for the HTC Desire 12, which has a 29% lower black value. The low black value is of a benefit to the contrast ratio too. The 3V achieved a 1,689:1 contrast ratio in our tests, which is only bettered by the Desire 12; the 3V has a higher contrast ratio than all other comparison devices.

CalMAN: Color Accuracy
CalMAN: Color Accuracy
CalMAN: Color Space
CalMAN: Color Space
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Saturation
CalMAN: Saturation

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
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 13 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. » 31 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 21 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. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.5 ms).

The 3V’s display has a glossy finish, which limits the extent to which the device can be used outside in direct sunlight. We found that the screen is difficult to read when direct sunlight hits even at maximum display brightness. The maximum brightness is sufficient to use the display in shady areas or on cloudy days though.

Using the Alcatel 3V outdoors
Using the Alcatel 3V outdoors
Using the Alcatel 3V outdoors
Using the Alcatel 3V outdoors

The 3V has stable viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel. There are no losses in brightness or readability even at acute angles.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

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The 3V is powered by a MediaTek MT8735 SoC. The MT8735 integrates a quad-core ARM-A53 CPU and an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, which can clock up to 1.0 GHz and 650 MHz, respectively. Alcatel combines this with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of eMMC flash memory. The hardware is adequate for a mid-range device, but other manufacturers have started to offer devices with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage for the same money as the 3V.

The 3V performs slightly better in benchmarks than the average of MT8735 devices that we have tested, but the 3V is far slower than our comparison devices. Our test device would not run AnTuTu v7 or GFXBench 4.0 for some reason. We found no issues with other apps in daily use, but opening apps and menus always take slightly longer than we would like.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
36177 Points ∼51%
Honor 7C
54731 Points ∼77% +51%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
44138 Points ∼62% +22%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
60490 Points ∼85% +67%
HTC Desire 12
36253 Points ∼51% 0%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (34009 - 36177, n=3)
34778 Points ∼49% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (23540 - 230642, n=325)
71335 Points ∼100% +97%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
2981 Points ∼61%
Honor 7C
4736 Points ∼97% +59%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
3255 Points ∼66% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4905 Points ∼100% +65%
HTC Desire 12
3320 Points ∼68% +11%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (2980 - 2981, n=2)
2981 Points ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (3210 - 8601, n=190)
4500 Points ∼92% +51%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
3902 Points ∼67%
Honor 7C
5656 Points ∼98% +45%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
4496 Points ∼78% +15%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
5801 Points ∼100% +49%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (3617 - 3948, n=3)
3822 Points ∼66% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (0 - 10264, n=353)
4693 Points ∼81% +20%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
10 Points ∼1%
Honor 7C
10 Points ∼1% 0%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
10 Points ∼1% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
722 Points ∼100% +7120%
HTC Desire 12
591 Points ∼82% +5810%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (10 - 672, n=3)
231 Points ∼32% +2210%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1682, n=429)
676 Points ∼94% +6660%
Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
382 Points ∼25%
Honor 7C
955 Points ∼63% +150%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
640 Points ∼42% +68%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1017 Points ∼67% +166%
HTC Desire 12
18 Points ∼1% -95%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (290 - 382, n=3)
321 Points ∼21% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 9248, n=429)
1515 Points ∼100% +297%
Memory (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
322 Points ∼21%
Honor 7C
1522 Points ∼100% +373%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
789 Points ∼52% +145%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
961 Points ∼63% +198%
HTC Desire 12
984 Points ∼65% +206%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (322 - 769, n=3)
614 Points ∼40% +91%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 4423, n=429)
1121 Points ∼74% +248%
System (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
1271 Points ∼39%
Honor 7C
2665 Points ∼82% +110%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
1882 Points ∼58% +48%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3236 Points ∼100% +155%
HTC Desire 12
1526 Points ∼47% +20%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (1192 - 1271, n=3)
1218 Points ∼38% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 10281, n=429)
2240 Points ∼69% +76%
Overall (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
197 Points ∼16%
Honor 7C
442 Points ∼36% +124%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
310 Points ∼25% +57%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1229 Points ∼100% +524%
HTC Desire 12
637 Points ∼52% +223%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (197 - 647, n=3)
356 Points ∼29% +81%
Average of class Smartphone (1 - 4308, n=432)
1137 Points ∼93% +477%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
1270 Points ∼32%
Honor 7C
2800 Points ∼71% +120%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
1766 Points ∼45% +39%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3316 Points ∼85% +161%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (1103 - 1270, n=2)
1187 Points ∼30% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (1113 - 14362, n=126)
3923 Points ∼100% +209%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
1833 Points ∼43%
Honor 7C
3913 Points ∼91% +113%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
2627 Points ∼61% +43%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4292 Points ∼100% +134%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (1697 - 1833, n=2)
1765 Points ∼41% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (1847 - 10558, n=172)
4040 Points ∼94% +120%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
647 Points ∼54%
Honor 7C
758 Points ∼63% +17%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
610 Points ∼51% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
870 Points ∼73% +34%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (588 - 647, n=2)
618 Points ∼52% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (661 - 4265, n=173)
1197 Points ∼100% +85%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
857 Points ∼42%
Honor 7C
1817 Points ∼89% +112%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
1122 Points ∼55% +31%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2038 Points ∼100% +138%
HTC Desire 12
589 Points ∼29% -31%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (847 - 860, n=3)
855 Points ∼42% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1148 - 3669, n=279)
1560 Points ∼77% +82%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
130 Points ∼12%
Honor 7C
366 Points ∼34% +182%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
321 Points ∼30% +147%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
379 Points ∼35% +192%
HTC Desire 12
92 Points ∼9% -29%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (102 - 130, n=3)
113 Points ∼11% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (265 - 5220, n=279)
1069 Points ∼100% +722%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
160 Points ∼16%
Honor 7C
445 Points ∼43% +178%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
382 Points ∼37% +139%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
463 Points ∼45% +189%
HTC Desire 12
113 Points ∼11% -29%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (127 - 160, n=3)
140 Points ∼14% -12%
Average of class Smartphone (320 - 4732, n=287)
1023 Points ∼100% +539%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
896 Points ∼44%
Honor 7C
1809 Points ∼88% +102%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
1120 Points ∼54% +25%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2058 Points ∼100% +130%
HTC Desire 12
593 Points ∼29% -34%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (810 - 896, n=3)
854 Points ∼41% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (537 - 3642, n=310)
1460 Points ∼71% +63%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
173 Points ∼12%
Honor 7C
713 Points ∼50% +312%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
476 Points ∼33% +175%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
732 Points ∼51% +323%
HTC Desire 12
148 Points ∼10% -14%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (167 - 173, n=3)
170 Points ∼12% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (43 - 8312, n=310)
1437 Points ∼100% +731%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
211 Points ∼17%
Honor 7C
824 Points ∼67% +291%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
546 Points ∼44% +159%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
854 Points ∼69% +305%
HTC Desire 12
178 Points ∼14% -16%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (203 - 211, n=3)
207 Points ∼17% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (55 - 6378, n=318)
1237 Points ∼100% +486%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
11114 Points ∼71%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
8348 Points ∼54% -25%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
15593 Points ∼100% +40%
HTC Desire 12
9856 Points ∼63% -11%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (9076 - 11114, n=3)
10221 Points ∼66% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (5462 - 36494, n=463)
12168 Points ∼78% +9%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
6006 Points ∼38%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
9479 Points ∼61% +58%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13219 Points ∼85% +120%
HTC Desire 12
3597 Points ∼23% -40%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (4622 - 6006, n=3)
5103 Points ∼33% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (2396 - 113380, n=463)
15640 Points ∼100% +160%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
6689 Points ∼49%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
9202 Points ∼67% +38%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13682 Points ∼100% +105%
HTC Desire 12
4188 Points ∼31% -37%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (5188 - 6689, n=3)
5738 Points ∼42% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (2841 - 64405, n=464)
13507 Points ∼99% +102%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
11 fps ∼41%
Honor 7C
21 fps ∼77% +91%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
17 fps ∼63% +55%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
23 fps ∼85% +109%
HTC Desire 12
5.9 fps ∼22% -46%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (8.3 - 11, n=3)
9.3 fps ∼34% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (4.2 - 177, n=488)
27.1 fps ∼100% +146%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
11 fps ∼32%
Honor 7C
34 fps ∼100% +209%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
16 fps ∼47% +45%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
17 fps ∼50% +55%
HTC Desire 12
9.7 fps ∼29% -12%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (8 - 14, n=3)
11 fps ∼32% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (7.5 - 120, n=491)
23.6 fps ∼69% +115%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
4.3 fps ∼30%
Honor 7C
9.2 fps ∼64% +114%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
6.8 fps ∼47% +58%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.9 fps ∼69% +130%
HTC Desire 12
2.7 fps ∼19% -37%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (3 - 4.3, n=3)
3.47 fps ∼24% -19%
Average of class Smartphone (1.6 - 88.2, n=413)
14.4 fps ∼100% +235%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
4.1 fps ∼23%
Honor 7C
18 fps ∼100% +339%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
6.8 fps ∼38% +66%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.4 fps ∼52% +129%
HTC Desire 12
5.4 fps ∼30% +32%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (2.9 - 6.2, n=3)
4.4 fps ∼24% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=415)
14.5 fps ∼81% +254%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
2.5 fps ∼20%
Honor 7C
6 fps ∼48% +140%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
4.5 fps ∼36% +80%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.5 fps ∼52% +160%
HTC Desire 12
1.6 fps ∼13% -36%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (1.9 - 2.5, n=3)
2.13 fps ∼17% -15%
Average of class Smartphone (1.2 - 60, n=277)
12.6 fps ∼100% +404%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel 3V
2.5 fps ∼19%
Honor 7C
13 fps ∼100% +420%
Gigaset GS270 Plus
4.6 fps ∼35% +84%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.2 fps ∼48% +148%
HTC Desire 12
3.5 fps ∼27% +40%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (2.5 - 4.3, n=3)
3.3 fps ∼25% +32%
Average of class Smartphone (2.5 - 110, n=279)
12.7 fps ∼98% +408%

Legend

 
Alcatel 3V Mediatek MT8735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 7C Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Gigaset GS270 Plus Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC Desire 12 Mediatek MT6739, PowerVR GE8100, 32 GB eMMC Flash

The 3V performed reasonably well in our browser benchmarks and sits in the middle of our comparison devices in these benchmarks.

Browser performance on our test device is smooth, but media heavy websites take slightly longer to load than other websites.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (17.5 - 224, n=346)
34.2 Points ∼100% +87%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
23.097 Points ∼68% +26%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
22.35 Points ∼65% +22%
Gigaset GS270 Plus (Chrome 66)
18.592 Points ∼54% +1%
Alcatel 3V (Chrome 67)
18.324 Points ∼54%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (15.4 - 18.3, n=3)
17.2 Points ∼50% -6%
HTC Desire 12 (Chrome 66.0.3359.158)
15.791 Points ∼46% -14%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 35255, n=482)
5040 Points ∼100% +52%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
4424 Points ∼88% +34%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
3470 Points ∼69% +5%
Alcatel 3V (Chrome 67)
3312 Points ∼66%
Gigaset GS270 Plus (Chrome 66)
3273 Points ∼65% -1%
HTC Desire 12 (Chrome 66.0.3359.158)
2930 Points ∼58% -12%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (2290 - 3312, n=3)
2773 Points ∼55% -16%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HTC Desire 12 (Chrome 66.0.3359.158)
17134 ms * ∼100% -30%
Gigaset GS270 Plus (Chrome 66)
13366.5 ms * ∼78% -1%
Alcatel 3V (Chrome 67)
13199.3 ms * ∼77%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (12334 - 13705, n=3)
13079 ms * ∼76% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (718 - 59466, n=501)
11830 ms * ∼69% +10%
Honor 7C (Chrome 66)
11370 ms * ∼66% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
10895 ms * ∼64% +17%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
112 Points ∼100% +75%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=240)
99.1 Points ∼88% +55%
Alcatel 3V (Chrome 67)
64 Points ∼57%
Average Mediatek MT8735 (53 - 64, n=3)
57 Points ∼51% -11%

* ... smaller is better

Around 10 GB of the 16 GB eMMC flash memory is usable, with the remaining 6 GB reserved for the OS and other system data. Internal storage speeds are on par with our comparison devices; the 3V falls down on its microSD card transmission speeds where it is slower than the competition. It is worth noting that we had to carry out our microSD card tests with a 32 GB Kingston card as our test device could not read our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference card.

Overall, the 3V struggles against the competition in terms of memory performance. The 3V is last overall in these tests, demonstrating how comparatively poor its microSD card performance is. What’s more, all our comparison devices are equipped with larger internal storage at competitive prices.

Alcatel 3VHonor 7CGigaset GS270 PlusXiaomi Redmi 5 PlusHTC Desire 12Average 16 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
152%
129%
203%
125%
42%
95%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
11.92 (Kingston 32GB)
62.61 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
425%
55.5
366%
59.46
399%
61.06 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
412%
35.7 (62.6 - 65.4, n=96)
199%
43.4 (20.8 - 87.1, n=258)
264%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
21.38 (Kingston 32GB)
83.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
292%
80.8
278%
84.38
295%
81.83 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
283%
54.2 (84.9 - 87.7, n=96)
154%
61.8 (36.5 - 96.5, n=258)
189%
Random Write 4KB
10.38
10
-4%
11.51
11%
7.1
-32%
7.54
-27%
7.13 (0.49 - 37.9, n=211)
-31%
13.6 (0.14 - 164, n=535)
31%
Random Read 4KB
24.8
30
21%
35.3
42%
79.5
221%
16.69
-33%
19.1 (2.49 - 61.7, n=211)
-23%
34.3 (1.59 - 173, n=535)
38%
Sequential Write 256KB
47.35
115
143%
72.84
54%
194.5
311%
103.77
119%
40.4 (8.74 - 97.6, n=211)
-15%
71 (2.99 - 216, n=535)
50%
Sequential Read 256KB
219.41
297
35%
269.07
23%
270
23%
211.38
-4%
154 (9.66 - 294, n=211)
-30%
210 (12.1 - 832, n=535)
-4%

Games

The ARM Mali-T720 MP2 handles graphics and clocks up to 650 MHz. This GPU is now four years old, which limits the games that the 3V can play. Our test device handles casual games like Dead Trigger 2 and Temple Run 2 comfortably but playing more complex games will be a struggle.

The touchscreen responded quickly and precisely to our inputs during our tests. Unfortunately, there is some delay in the positional sensor which is noticeable when playing games.

Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2

Emissions

Temperature

The 3V is a relatively warm device even at idle. Our test device averaged 31.7 °C at idle, with a maximum temperature of 32.1 °C on the front and 32.5 °C on the rear.

Temperatures ramp up significantly under load, with the front of the device reaching up to 39.4 °C, while the rear case hit 41.5 °C. The averages are lower at 35.6 °C and 35.5 °C, respectively, demonstrating the extent to how heat is unevenly distributed across the device.

Overall, these temperatures are safe, but the device will feel hot to the touch.

Max. Load
 36.3 °C
97 F
34.5 °C
94 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
 37.3 °C
99 F
37.3 °C
99 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
35 °C
95 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
Maximum: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
32.6 °C
91 F
34.4 °C
94 F
37.4 °C
99 F
32.1 °C
90 F
34.6 °C
94 F
38.8 °C
102 F
32.5 °C
91 F
35.4 °C
96 F
41.5 °C
107 F
Maximum: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Average: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.6 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
Heat-map of the front of the device under load
Heat-map of the front of the device under load
Heat-map of the rear of the device under load
Heat-map of the rear of the device under load

Speakers

The 3V has two speakers that are both quiet and of a poor quality. Our test device achieved a relatively low 63.6 dB(A) maximum volume from its speakers, which is around 10 dB(A) quieter than the Gigaset GS270 Plus, the speakers of which are not especially loud either.

Only mid tones are present when playing music over the 3V’s speakers. Tones above and below that range are practically non-existent. The speakers are only suitable for calls over speakerphone, but even then the sound quality is comparatively poor.

By contrast, the sound quality over external speakers or headphones is much better. Even the supplied headphones offer a balanced sound that is suitable for both calls and for listening to music.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs202527.42527.6303126.828.34028.128.55028.130.46320.520.78017.519.310015.616.812515.916.516014.414.320013.714.725012.217.731511.124.240010.133.950010.1416309.349.98008.857.410008.561.912508.163.616008.362.520007.762.125007.862.431508.166.140007.966.65000856.663008.246.780008.346.7100008.246.6125008.249160008.335.6SPL63.620.773.9N13.90.326.6median 8.3Alcatel 3Vmedian 46.7Delta1.818.134.833.838.535.939.935.239.14043.441.628.730.32828.425.226.720.727.621.830.919.835.219.538.117.441.717.247.417.45016.355.71659.315.163.814.763.114.961.614.260.914.761.514.561.814.66114.561.214.661.914.765.314.864.114.559.914.553.557.827.573.711.5131.5median 14.9Gigaset GS270 Plusmedian 59.92.48.8hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Alcatel 3V audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 29.4% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 11.9% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (13.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (39.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 97% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 98% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 1% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Gigaset GS270 Plus audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 72% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 49% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life

Power Consumption

While the 3V is more efficient than the average of other MT8735 devices that we have tested, it consumes more power across the board than most of our comparison devices. In short, the outdated SoC cannot compete with more modern and energy-efficient competitors.

Our test device consumed a maximum of 6.3 W under load, which exceeds the included 5 W charger's capacity. This is considerably higher than most of our comparison devices, except for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus; the 3V is around 3% more efficient than the 5 Plus overall.

The included charger takes around three hours to fully recharge the 3V’s 3,000 mAh battery.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 1.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.6 / 1.8 / 2.7 Watt
Load midlight 5.5 / 6.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Alcatel 3V
3000 mAh
Honor 7C
3000 mAh
Gigaset GS270 Plus
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
HTC Desire 12
2730 mAh
Average Mediatek MT8735
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
29%
27%
-3%
20%
-23%
24%
Idle Minimum *
1.6
0.6
62%
1.1
31%
0.7
56%
1.13
29%
1.353 (0.76 - 1.7, n=3)
15%
0.859 (0.2 - 3.4, n=561)
46%
Idle Average *
1.8
2.16
-20%
1.6
11%
2.8
-56%
2.03
-13%
3.14 (1.8 - 4.4, n=3)
-74%
1.694 (0.6 - 6.2, n=560)
6%
Idle Maximum *
2.7
2.24
17%
1.9
30%
3.4
-26%
2.05
24%
3.58 (2.7 - 4.7, n=3)
-33%
1.934 (0.74 - 6.6, n=561)
28%
Load Average *
5.5
2.59
53%
3.6
35%
4.2
24%
3.68
33%
6.23 (4.79 - 8.4, n=3)
-13%
3.96 (0.8 - 10.8, n=555)
28%
Load Maximum *
6.3
4.11
35%
4.5
29%
7.2
-14%
4.52
28%
7.07 (5.72 - 9.2, n=3)
-12%
5.59 (1.2 - 14.2, n=555)
11%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 3V’s relatively poor energy efficiency is reflected in its battery life. We tested battery runtimes with our Wi-Fi battery test, in which we run a script that simulates the load required to render websites. Our test device lasted for 5 h 41 m in this test, which is a comparatively short runtime. By contrast, the Desire 12 lasted 99 minutes longer than the 3V despite having a 270 mAh-smaller battery. Likewise, the Honor 7C lasted 103% longer than the 3V even though the two devices share the same battery capacity.

Overall, the 3V has below average battery life given its battery capacity and price bracket.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 41min
Alcatel 3V
3000 mAh
Honor 7C
3000 mAh
Gigaset GS270 Plus
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
HTC Desire 12
2730 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
341
693
103%
747
119%
497
46%
440
29%

Pros

+ strong low-light camera performance
+ dual-SIM
+ dedicated SIM and microSD card slots
+ high contrast display

Cons

- short battery life
- outdated SoC

Verdict

The Alcatel 3V in review. Test device courtesy of Alcatel Germany.
The Alcatel 3V in review. Test device courtesy of Alcatel Germany.

The Alcatel 3V achieved comparatively mediocre results in our performance tests largely because of its outdated SoC. This old hardware impacts battery life too, where the 3V is woeful compared to our comparison devices. 

The Alcatel 3V is an affordable mid-range smartphone that is hampered by its outdated hardware and short battery life. The 3V cannot compete with its equally priced competitors for these reasons alone.

The 3V is a solid device besides these reasons though thanks to its impressive camera and a decent display. The device also ships with Android Oreo 8.0, which is still not a given for mid-range smartphones. Equally, we do not always see dual-SIM devices that support simultaneous microSD card expansion, so that is a bonus for the 3V. We largely like the design and workmanship too, but it could look cheap to some when comparing the 3V against its competitors that have metal cases.

Alcatel 3V - 07/02/2018 v6
Mike Wobker

Chassis
74%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
41 / 60 → 68%
Weight
92%
Battery
86%
Display
85%
Games Performance
10 / 63 → 16%
Application Performance
30 / 70 → 43%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
66%
Average
68%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-07-10 (Update: 2018-07-14)