Flagship smartphones can be quite expensive and there are a lot of cheaper options out on the market. One of these new affordable smartphones comes from AT&T  and it is called the Alcatel Tetra.

The Alcatel Tetra is a simple and basic Android smartphone that should be more than enough for users who are looking for a handset that’s cheap and features all the bare essentials. The Alcatel tetra comes with a 5-inch display with a screen resolution of 854x480. It has thick bezels on top and at the bottom, with the latter housing capacitive keys for the Android navigation buttons.

The Alcatel Tetra doesn’t have a Gorilla Glass covering on its display, but it does have a panel that’s the equivalent of 2D Dragontail glass, as pointed out by Digital Trends. This should be more than enough to protect the device from scratches and heavy damage from being dropped.

Inside, the Alcatel Tetra is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also has a microSD card slot for expanding storage up to 128GB. The handset is also housing a 2,050 mAh battery and it supports power saver mode so that it will be able to have a longer battery life. AT&T said on its webpage that it has a standby time of up to 9.2 hours, up to 7.5 hours of talk time and up to 38 hours of audio playback with a headset. The phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack by the way. 

On the back, the Alcatel Tetra comes with a textured shell which gives the device a bit more of a personality. It also has a single  5-megapixel camera that supports night mode, HDR and time-lapse video. It can only record 720p HD videos at 30 frames-per-second. Up front, the handset comes with a 2-megapixel camera that supports Face Beautification for taking selfies. Both cameras may be meager, but at least they have video stabilization.

The Alcatel Tetra doesn’t really offer up any cutting-edge features, but its price tag will surely attract some budget-conscious customers. The Alcatel Tetra is available now from AT&T for just $39.99 as part of the carrier’s prepaid plans. The phone is available for in-store pickups starting today, while online deliveries should commence in the next few days.

AT&T The Alcatel Tetra is now available from AT&T for just $39.99. Photo: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido