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Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 10 “, an attractive convertible but not enough

26 mayo, 2021

The tablet market is in clear decline and convertibles are taking over. The truth is that there is not just an optimal solution for ultra mobility, netPCs are dead and tablets without a keyboard are on their way to the same place.

This is where Alcatel presents a 10-inch tablet, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 10 “, which already comes with a cover and keyboard, all included. And also at a very attractive price, much cheaper than what we are seeing out there. Are we facing a groundbreaking product?

Are convertibles the future? Specifications somewhat lame

I always wanted a perfect ultramobility solution for those times when a mobile falls short. But netPCs never convinced me and tablets seem like big mobiles to me (that is, more comfortable to navigate but still slow for when you require high productivity). And by chance I’ve used a couple of iPad models with a Logitech keyboard for these situations.

The solution is good, it convinces me a lot. A tablet is a quick-start device, with applications that make life easier and adding the keyboard to it is an excellent idea, they become a miniPC that allows productivity to be multiplied. However, iOS is not to my liking, you have to things Android is best suited for (Simply being able to open a document with different applications installed without having to copy it from application to application).

So I come to this analysis with some reference to using a tablet with a keyboard, eager to try it on Android and somewhat pissed off by the tight price of this device. In the end, the price says a lot about a device, for the good and the bad.

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The Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3 on paper promises. A 10-inch screen is what I consider ideal for a tablet. It has USB OTG, very useful if you want to use it as a convertible, and a Mediatek 1.3 GHz quad-core processor can be more than enough for most tasks. But let’s take an in-depth look at everything it offers.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 10 “, specifications
Physical dimensions 255.5 x 155 x 9.5 mm 495 grams
Screen 10.1 inch IPS
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Processor MediaTek® MT8127 Quad Core Cortex A7 @ 1.3 GHz
Graphics processor ARM Mali 450 MP4
RAM 1 GB
Memory 8 GB + microSD up to 64 GB
Version Android 5.0.1
Connectivity GPS BT 4.1 WiFi 802.11b / g / n
Cameras Front: 0.3 MP Rear: 2 MP
Drums Li-Ion 4,060 mAh battery
Target price From 90 euros, the cover and keyboard 20 euros more

As we see the rest of the specifications are somewhat limited. The resolution is not very powerful, the memory is low, storage somewhat scarce, it has a very poor camera .. and it seems that all this will affect the experience.

The biggest problem I see is that for a convertible style use you need power. Do not forget that we are trying to replace the PC. And for this we have to be able to open several browser tabs, have an office suite open, mail, slack or equivalent, etc.

On paper for this task the tablet falls short: little RAM, little storage for applications, fair power … but as I say it is on paper, let’s see the experience we have with it.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3, excessively basic finishes

The impression that this tablet gives us in our hands is defined in one word: plastic. The touch on all sides is plastic, even on the front, on the screen. It shows that we are facing a cheap tablet and we cannot expect excellent finishes for this price.

The power button is in the upper right part and just below the volume button, a very successful arrangement for when we use it as a convertible because we have everything close by. In the upper part we have the audio and microUSB connector that will serve both to charge and to connect a microUSB pendrive.

At the back is the camera, somewhat off-center and very close to the edge. But, as we will see later, we are in front of an emergency chamber because its quality is highly debatable. The entire back is a very basic finishing plastic.

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As I say, the screen also has a plastic touch and the finger does not slide like in a glass finish. We are facing a cheap tablet and it is in these things where the differences are noticeable.

What yes that positively surprising is the keyboard of the convertible. It is magnetic, it can be detached from the case and placed in another position or completely detached. The keys have good depth and comes with the “ñ”, something always to be appreciated.

However the cover does not accompany. It is completely flexible and adapting it so that the tablet is in a laptop position, with the lid raised, is not easy. It is achieved on a flat surface but let’s not dream of achieving it on top of our legs. Here they should have opted for a holster with one or two fixed raised positions. It also has no hole for the camera, if we want to photograph we must remove the cover.

Insufficient performance for a convertible

Before continuing, let’s see the benchmarks table that we have moved to the tablet.

Alcatel Onetouch Pixi 3 (10 “)

bq Aquaris E10

AnTuTu

25,930

32,245

Quadrant

9,235

13,245

3dMark Ice Storm

Basic: 5,018 Extreme: 3,341 Unlimited: 4,626

Geekbench

Single-core: 362 Multi-core: 1,202

Vellamo

Browser: 1,895Metal: 744Multicore: 1,118

Epic Citatel

High Quality: 57.8 FPS High Performance: 57.5 FPS

High Quality: 54.5 FPS

PcMark Work Performance

3,108

As you can see, the performance of the device is somewhat limited, if we compare it with the bq Aquaris E10 that has been on the market for a year and a half, we see that it is surpassed without much complication. We are facing a tablet at a very low price and that is why performance suffers. It’s not going to be the best device for multitasking.

The tablet seems to run smoothly when we browse the desktop, open applications, etc. but it suffers in tasks as simple as changing tabs in the browser. Has trouble rendering on tab changes on loaded web pages (for example, online newspapers).

As for games, casual ones go well. We have tested the Stack and it works without any problem (although sometimes it does not start and it is necessary to close applications to free up RAM). Somewhat more demanding games, like the Asphalt 8, also go well although the limited internal storage makes it difficult to install many of these.

The camera gives very mediocre results. It is almost better to leave it for emergencies, when there is no other available or if we want to scan a document (yes, with lots of light). Below you can see some examples.

The battery, yes, it pays a lot. In the end there is a compromise between performance and battery and although this tablet does not have a large capacity it fulfills its function perfectly. In standby it lasts several days without problems and the battery life with the screen on and using the tablet far exceeds 5 hours. Charging takes about two hours to go from 0% to 70%.

We have tried to pass a battery test, the PC Mark, but on the many occasions we have tested the application it has ended up closing, perhaps due to lack of RAM.

In short, we are facing a very low-priced tablet and therefore its performance is relatively limited. It can be used without problems but I doubt that it can replace a PC, its functionality as a convertible is very doubtful.

Software: pure Android and few surprises

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Alcatel has opted this time for a version of Android with hardly any modification (For example, they do not touch the settings application, nor the quick access area, sites where manufacturers tend to customize a lot). Of course, the default icons are changed: they are square with round edges, iPhone style.

With the tablet comes a fairly complete launcher with cool animations when displaying folders. It has, thank goodness, application drawer, that is, we are not facing an “iOSification” of this tablet. As always, if we don’t like the launcher, we can change it and go to a more pure Android experience like Google or Nova.

Alcatel could not resist bringing some applications as standard (not very relevant, by the way) that in principle can be uninstalled or disabled without problems to have a perfect experience. It is curious that two web browsers are installed, the native one for the tablet (it comes by default in the bottom bar of the launcher) and Chrome.

Yes, it is something annoying that the own application store that it brings and that sometimes collides with Google Play. Applications can be updated by both stores and this only creates confusion for the user. No manufacturer has succeeded in imposing their app store above Google Play and I don’t know why they keep trying.

Screenshot 2016 03 23 09 43 11 The integrated app store does not bring anything new

The Android version that comes standard is 5.0.1. It has an OTA update system although normally these types of products are usually updated only for security and not to advance the version. I would like to be wrong but it is usually like that.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3, the opinion of Xataka Android

With the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 we are facing a very cheap tablet that does not offer us a round experience, but perhaps it is enough for many users who do not want great features.

What doesn’t quite fit is the policy of making a convertible out of this tablet. The performance falls short of the bare minimum and the case is very uncomfortable (although the keyboard is fine).

In short, we are facing a tablet for those who do not want to make a very intensive use of it and who settle for a simple experience and without complications. We do not believe that the keyboard cover is an interesting complement for this specific tablet.

6.5

Design6

Screen
6

Performance5.5

software7.5

Autonomy8

Against

  • Finishing
  • Low power to sell as a convertible
  • Performance