Alcatel Launches the A5 with an Illuminated Back; the A3 and U5 are value oriented
Today at MWC 2017, Alcatel has debuted three new affordable Android smartphones — the Alcatel U5, Alcatel A3, and Alcatel A5 LED. Alcatel has had a strong showing at MWC for the past few years, with their “premium mid-range” Idol series at the front and center. Low and Mid-range devices have been surging in upcoming markets, where Alcatel is trying to focus.
Alcatel A5 LED
The Alcatel A5 LED is the most interesting of the phone bunch – on the one hand, it boasts the best specs, but on the other – its back is lit. Literally. As the name suggests, the phone comes with special LED covers that can be setup to perform a variety of light shows. For example, you can have different patterns and colors for different contacts and type of notifications, or set up unique LED cover patterns and themes for a new look everyday.
the device sports a 5.2-inch 720 IPS display, and is powered by the Mediatek MT6753 chipset, an octa-core 1.5GHz CPU at the helm. There are 2GB of RAM on board and internal storage is 16GB, expandable via microSD. An 8MP primary camera sits on the back, while selfies are covered by a 5MP snapper, and both capture 1080p video.
It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has the basic connectivity options covered – you get Cat.4 LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS. A 2,800mAh battery keeps the lights on and you charge it via good old microUSB. What’s surprising is, the device does not sport a fingerprint scanner while it’s smaller sibling, the A3 features one.
There are other back covers too – one is a battery pack, the other – a speaker with a kickstand. They snap on to the back like a conventional rear panel would back in the day when all back covers were removable.
Next in line comes the Alcatel A3 – no fancy LEDs here and even less impressive hardware, but Alcatel calls this the ‘Most Affordable 5″ HD Smartphone’. the A5 coming with a 1.25 GHz quad-core MT6737 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing unit, and a 2,460 mAh battery. An extra layer of security is available with the presence of a fingerprint scanner on the back, that can also be used to take selfies.
The Alcatel U3 is the most modest one of the three, but it’s also ‘the most affordable 5″ 4G smartphone’, Alcatel says. This one is equipped with a 5-inch display with a rather coarse 480x854px resolution, quad-core 1.1GHz CPU inside a Mediatek MT6737M chip, a single gig of RAM and 8GB of storage.