Alcatel 1L Review

The Alcatel 1L (2021) is part of the smartphone announced at the CES 2021. The android phone is the makeover of the Alcatel 1L.

Alcatel 1L

Alcatel 1L

In this post, we will be looking at the Alcatel 1L (2021) specifications with the price, features, and phone availability.

Alcatel 1L (2021) Key Specs & Features

  • 6.1 inches IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~288 ppi)
  • Android 11
  • Quad-core MediaTek
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Built-in Storage up to 128GB Memory Card
  • 13 MP + 2 MP Dual Rear Cameras
  • 5 MP Front Camera
  • Fingerprint Scanner (Rear-Mounted)
  • 4G LTE Network
  • Non-Removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh Battery

Design and Display

Looking at the device body design and comparing it with the old Alcatel 1L, we can boldly say there is a big upgrade here. The handset now comes in a waterdrop notch display.

It also has a nice looking body although built with plastic but more attractive than the latter. On the panel, the phone has a combo camera with an LED flash sitting below it.

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There is a fingerprint scanner as well on the back. It packs a 6.1inch LCD HD screen with a teardrop notch hosting the front camera. The screen produces a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and 288 PPI density.


The Alcatel 1L has a combo camera setup of 13 MP and another 2 MP depth sensor. The camera has an LED flash for night photos and also features HDR, panorama, and 1080p video shooting.

The front snapper is unspecified by the brand but a good guess suggests a 5 MP sensor which is not that bad for selfies and video calling.

Hardware and Software

The midrange smartphone is powered by a quad-core MediaTek chip paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The memory as you can see is average, so you should not expect much from the performance.

In other to enjoy a solid performance, the phone runs on Android 11 (Go edition). So we are getting minimize Go apps like Youtube Go, File Go, and many more. There is also a microSD card slot available for expansion.

Battery and Network

The Alcatel 1L (2021) has a 3000 mAh battery without fast charging. The battery may look small, but considering the specifications, it will still last long under normal usage.

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The phone comes with a dual SIM and it has a 4G LTE network with other features like Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, GLONASS, loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphone jack, and micro USB 2.0.

Alcatel 1L (2021) Price and Availability

The Alcatel 1L (2021) will sell for 110 EUR which is around 52,000 Naira in Nigeria, 800 Ghs in Ghana, and 15,000 Ksh in Kenya. It will ship in Black and Blue colors.

Alcatel 1L (2021) Specs

Here are a few specs of the Alcatel 1L (2021):

General Features

  • Platform: Android 11
  • Processor: MediaTek Quad-core
  • GPU: –
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Colours: Black, Blue
  • Dimension: –
  • Weight: –
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM or Nano-SIM, dual stand-by
  • SIM Count: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


  • Display: 6.1 inches IPS LCD Display, 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~288 ppi)
  • Screen Protection: Yes
  • Foldable Display: No


  • Rear Camera: 13 MP, 27mm (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.12µm, PDAF + 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth) Dual Rear Cameras, [email protected]
  • Rear Camera Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 5 MP


  • Built-in Storage: 32GB
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: No
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Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • 5G: No
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: Yes


  • Music Player: Yes
  • Video Player: Yes
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • SpO2: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Rear)
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Stylus Pen: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: Yes
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh, non-removable Battery
  • Talktime: –
  • Standby Time: –
  • Fast Charging: No
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