TCL has its hands full this year. The Chinese company has been pushing out phones under the Alcatel brand that it owns, as well as the BlackBerry brand licensed to it. It also signed a deal with luxury smartphone manufacturer, Vertu in June to build 30,000 handcrafted smartphones. However, that may no longer happen following Vertu’s shutdown of its UK manufacturing operation the following month.
Last month, TCL launched four new Alcatel phones – Idol 5S, Idol 5, A7 XL, and A7 at IFA Berlin. All these phones in addition to the ones released earlier this year all fall under the entry level and mid-range category.
Famous leaker Evan Blass took to Twitter yesterday to reveal some of Alcatel’s lineup for 2018. While there is no mention of the specs, we do hope one of them is a flagship.
First, there is the Alcatel 5 which looks like a high-end phone. It is shown to have a thin bottom bezel but a thicker top bezel packed with a bunch of sensors. We presume it will probably have dual front facing cameras. The back of the phone has a single camera and below it sits a fingerprint scanner.
Next is the Alcatel 3 series which includes the Alcatel 3V and 3X with their Idol 4S-like glass rear and vertically arranged dual rear cameras. Then there is the Alcatel 3 itself with a single rear camera but similar rear plate design. We can also see an Alcatel 3C which we presume is an entry level phone judging from its lack of a fingerprint scanner.
Last but not the least is the Alcatel 1X, another entry-level looking smartphone.
This is not the complete product map for next year according to Evan. So there are more devices that are still unknown. Alcatel/TCL may also decide to scrap any of the models above. But for now, these devices are expected to hit the market next year.