Today, Alcatel announced their latest US partnership with their budget Android handset, the AVALON V – making it the first handset available on Verizon. While this is Alcatel’s first phone on the Verizon network (the God Signal – hat tip to Tatiana King-Jones), they are no stranger to the US market having released phones for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, as well as budget/pre-paid carriers like Cricket and MetroPCS. The AVALON V is very much in line with some of their previous released models.
AVALON V Tech Specs via Press Release
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 QC8917 Processor
- 5.34-inch FWVGA display with 18:9 aspect ratio
- 5-megapixel rear camera; 2-megapixel front camera
- 2460mAh battery: 18 hours talk time (4G LTE), 9 hours streaming video (Wi-Fi), and 23 hours continuous streaming audio
- Google Lens preloaded; Google Assistant capable
Positioning for the Future
While the AVALON V’s spec list seems anemic next to many of today’s mid-tier handsets, this phone solidifies Alcatel as a player in the US market. With options available on all major carriers and some of the top regional carriers, the AVALON V and Alcatel’s portfolio of devices may soon start seeing a bump in brand recognition, especially among the more budget-conscious consumer.
Product Images via Alcatel
The AVALON V seems perfect for someone in need of a backup device or for a family member that’s looking for an entry into Google’s app suite. Pricing will have at $99.99.