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This new super-cheap Android phone is absolutely tiny

Alcatel 1
Alcatel 1 (Image credit: TCL)
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If you look for a new Android phone to buy, you're generally going to be bumping heads with a big problem - most modern phones are big. You'll be hard-pressed to find a device with a display less than 6 inches across, with most hitting 6.7-inches or more.

TCL's new phone, the Alcatel 1, is far from that. With a display of only 5 inches diagonally, it's more of an iPhone SE than a Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It's just been launched as TCL's only smartphone unveiled at annual tech event MWC 2021.

The Alcatel 1 is a super-budget phone, costing only €59 (roughly $70, £50, AU$90) - it's launching in Europe in August (presumably that includes the UK too, but we don't have a price for it yet).

What's the Alcatel 1 like?

We don't actually know too much about this phone just yet, as Alcatel has only provided limited information on it. It'll run Android 11 Go, a stripped-back version of Android 11, and you can see the design in the above images.

So we don't know the processor, cameras or battery capacity, three of the key specs of the device, but judging by other Alcatel phones and the general budget device market, we'd expect the chipset to be pretty weak, the camera to have an 8MP or 12MP resolution, and the battery to be around 4,000mAh.

Since we haven't tested this budget smartphone, we can't say if it's worth the money or not - but at such a low price, it'd be to be pretty awful to not get a thumbs up. Stay tuned for more coverage on Alcatel's newest phone, and everything else out of MWC 2021.

Tom Bedford
Deputy Editor - Phones

Tom's role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.