Alcatel Announces 3 Smartphones at MWC 2017


Alcatel has 4 brand new smartphones: the A3, A5 LED and U5.

The A3 and A5 are a continuation of the brand’s focus on providing decent and affordable mid-range devices that started early in the year with the announcement of the A3 XL, a 6-inch smartphone targeted at emerging smartphone markets, at CES.

In the hubbub of glitzy announcements at MWC 2017, the Alcatel U5 is nothing to write home about. It has a 5-inch display with a mere 480 x 854 resolution, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a MediaTek MT6737M processor clocked at 1.1GHz, 5-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras on the back and front respectively and its only saving grace is Alcatel’s claims that it is “the most affordable 4G smartphone”.

The Alcatel A3, like the entry-level U5, is also best described by a one-liner from its maker: “most affordable 5-inch HD smartphone”. It is just the U3 but better. There’s a 5-inch HD display, 1.5GB RAM, double the U3’s onboard storage and better cameras (13MP at the back and 5MP on the front). To set it apart, Alcatel has thrown in a fingerprint sensor which is missing on the other two devices announced today.

The Alcatel A5 LED is what, literally, takes away everyone’s shine. The device’s snap-on back is one big LED that lights up dynamically on top of displaying notifications. Someone surely thought things through here. The other stuff? Well, there’s a 5.2-inch HD display, a MediaTek MT6753 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, and a pair of 8 and 5-megapixel shooters at the back and front respectively.

All three smartphones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Emmanuel writes on mobile hardware, software and platforms.