Alcatel's first phone to launch on Verizon Wireless has arrived, and it's the $100 AVALON V. Priced to appeal to the mass budget market, the AVALON V features a budget specs list that includes a 5.34" FWVGA+ 18:9 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and a 2,460mAh battery. It's running the out-of-date and soon to be even older Android Oreo OS, and Alcatel couldn't confirm when it'll be updated to Android Pie.
|Category||Alcatel AVALON V|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
18:9 aspect ratio
FWVGA+, 480x960 resolution
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, quad-core, 1.4GHz|
|Expandable Storage||microSD card, up to 32GB|
|Dimensions||5.83 x 2.73 x 0.37 inches|
This is firmly designed to be one of the cheapest devices in Verizon's lineup, even cheaper than one of its key competitors – the Nokia 2V – even though Nokia's phone is available for only $70. The one redeeming factor would be the rear finish, which is sandstone and unique for a device this affordable.
For those looking for a budget phone at Verizon, the AVALON V offers unique materials and an average display. The rest of the device leaves a lot to the imagination however, as the two-year-old OS isn't likely to get upgraded anytime soon, the display is less than HD and there's not much else it does offer. With that said however, Alcatel does make reliable affordable phones and this will be perfect for those who need something that will last.
It doesn't have the flashiness of most phones, but the AVALON V does offer a compact yet affordable entry-level experience and is another budget phone in Verizon's growing line-up. The AVALON V is available now at select Verizon stores and Verizon's website.
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Nirave Gondhia has been writing about the mobile industry for over a decade and began his career selling and fixing phones in the UK. He's used every flagship smartphone over the past five years and carries at least two phones at all times - currently, he's using the iPhone 11 Pro, [Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola RAZR. Say hi to him on Twitter at @nirave.