Entry-level Android-based tablets are a relatively minor market, which is why companies offering such products tend to aim them at a specific geographical markets in a bid to avoid head-to-head competition with other makers. These devices tend to address very specific needs without trying to make a one-size-fits-all kind of device. This is exactly what the Alcatel 3T 10 tablet is all about.

Equipped with a 10-inch IPS display featuring a 1280x800 resolution, an as-yet unknown SoC, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of NAND flash storage, and basic imaging capabilities, the Alcatel 3T 10 looks aims to be a low-cost Android tablet. Meanwhile, it has four key selling points (at least as far as hardware is concerned): far-field microphones, pre-installed Google Assistant, an integrated CAT4 4G/LTE modem (150Mbit/s DL, 50Mbit/s UL), and compatibility with Alcatel’s Audio Station designed specifically for the 3T 10.

The pre-installed Google Assistant along with far-field mics enable the device to be controlled remotely using voice to make calls, ask questions, play music/movies, and do all the things that the GA allows to do. Since the device has a modem, it can be used almost anywhere. Meanwhile, to make the music sound better, Alcatel equipped the 3T 10 tablet with two front speakers featuring ‘bass enhancement units.’

But just in case the built-in speakers are not good enough, Alcatel offers an Audio Station as a bundle - a bluetooth speaker outfitted with two 40-mm 5 W speakers. The device uses Bluetooth 4.2 to connect to the tablet, yet it also has a 3.5-mm audio jack and is compatible with any source featuring an appropriate connector. The Audio Station also serves like a stand for the Alcatel 3T 10 and can charge it using POGO pins. Meanwhile, the speaker itself charges using a micro-USB port and can playback music for 7 hours at one charge.

The Alcatel 3T 10 with its Audio Station weigh just about 830 grams, they are easy to carry around and used both inside andoutside. Essentially, Alcatel positions its tablet as Google Assistant-enabled media player with 4G/LTE Internet access.

The Alcatel 3T 10 Tablet with Audio Station
  The Alcatel 3T 10
Display IPS
1289x800
16M Colors
SoC ?
RAM 3 GB
Storage 32 NAND flash, microSD slot
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
Data/Charging Micro-USB, POGO 8-pin
Audio ?
NFC ?
WWAN 2G: 850/900/1800/1900
3G Bands: 1/2/5/8
4G LTE Bands: B1/3/5/7/8/28/38/40
2G data: GPRS/EDGE
3G data: HSPA+ (42 Mbit/s DL, 11 Mbit/s UL)
4G data: Cat 4 (150 Mbit/s DL, 50 Mbit/s UL)
Navigation ?
Rear Camera 2MP, SP250A,
sensor size: 1/5,
sensor pixel size: 1.65μm,
lens aperture size: f2.8,
FOV: 61.4°,
#elements: 2P, EIS
Video capture: 720p@30fps
Front Camera 2MP, SP250A,
sensor size: 1/5,
sensor pixel size: 1.65μm,
lens aperture size: f2.8,
FOV: 61.4°,
#elements: 2P, EIS
Video capture: 720p@30fps
Battery Capacity 4080 mAh
8 hours media playback
Expected Life ?
SIM Size Nano SIM
Sensors ?
Dimensions Height 260 mm
Width 156.6 mm
Thickness 8.95 mm
Weight 440 grams
Colors Prime Black, Midnight Blue
Protection Drop ?
OS Google Android
Launch Countries EMEA
Price €179
  The Alcatel Audio Station
Output Power 2 x 5 W
Speakers 2 x 40 mm drivers
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2
Micro USB
3.5 mm jack
POGO 8-pin
Battery 2000 mAh
7 hours
Price €229 with the tablet

Alcatel plans to start sales of its Alcatel 3T 10 sometime later this year. The tablet itself will start at €179, whereas the tablet bundled with the Audio Station will be available at €229. Obviously, such a price is a bit high for a media player, but since it can also act like a tablet, it may appeal at least to some people.

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Source: Alcatel

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  • shabby - Monday, February 25, 2019 - link

    At that price it should have a 1080p screen. Reply
  • Xex360 - Monday, February 25, 2019 - link

    It's more usable thanks to the its bezels. The screen though is rubbish, you can buy some Chinese tablets for less and still have a much better screen. Reply
  • Irata - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - link

    Downside is you may discover that said Chinese tablet does not work properly after waiting a month and returning it / getting your money back is a hassle.

    Still, agree on the screen especially for that price point.
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  • close - Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - link

    This IS a Chinese tablet. It's built by TCL Corporation, the company where all zombie brands go to die (Alcatel, BlackBerry, etc.). Reply
  • SquarePeg - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - link

    I'd recommend grabbing an Amazon Fire HD 10 when the're on sale for $99. Install the Play Store and launcher hijack apk so you can run Nova Launcher. I have been using one almost daily since November 2017 as personal media viewer and dollar for dollar it's the handiest gadget I've ever owned. Reply
  • PaulHoule - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - link

    Low-end Android tablets aren't dead; they are just dominated by Amazon.

    I have a fire HD 7 which is just great for reading, web surfing, watching a video, etc. I can even pack a cheap bluetooth mouse and keyboard and use it as a terminal for software development. I throw it in my gym bag and use it to read the OBD II data from my car. When it breaks I might cry but I can get a new one for under $50.

    There is glory to be had in flagship phones, but Amazon retreated from the failure of the Fire phone and has the money to subsidize the Fire line to support other services. While that is the case it is hard for anybody else to make money on low-end tablets, either Android or Windows-based.
    Reply
  • webdoctors - Monday, February 25, 2019 - link

    179 is considered entry level?!

    That's like top of the line Shield tablet from 5 yrs ago!

    I got $30 fire 7 tablets, those are entry level! Anything over $100 is hardly entry level, come on.
    Reply
  • teldar - Monday, February 25, 2019 - link

    Shield tablets were $300 when they came out, I believe. I had one and it wasn't $180. Reply
  • flyingpants265 - Monday, February 25, 2019 - link

    Delete this article now. Reply
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - link

    Make one with wireless charging! I'm still using my HP TouchPad because there literally is no 10" tablet with wireless charging that's newer. Reply

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