Having been previously impressed with the Alcatel A7 which retails for £189 I have now been sent the new Alcatel 3V to try out. This phone is well into the budget territory and costs just £95 on Tesco Mobile, which is only a small amount more than the Umidigi A1 Pro, but you will get a proper warranty and easy returns to Tesco if something is wrong with the phone.
I usually prefer Amazon but at the moment it is listed at £171.76 which is quite a big difference.
While this is a budget phone, Alcatel has managed to make it look like something far more expensive. You get a massive 6.0-inch display running at 1080 x 2160 pixels giving an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a screen to body ratio of 75%. It is not quite the 83+% the OnePlus 6 achieves, but this still looks modern with nice slim bezels.
Even with a decent screen to body ratio, the 6-inch display makes this quite large. Considerably larger than the A1 Pro and fractionally larger than my daily phone the Mate 10 Pro.
Similar to the Alcatel A7 the 3V cuts costs by using a plastic body which gives it a lightweight and slightly cheap feel to it, but plastic is not all bad, it will be far more durable the popular glass body trend.
The model I have been sent is in an attractive metallic blue, which covers both the back and the sides.