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Alcatel seems to be ramping up its smartphone business, as recently they have been launching a range of smartphones. In the coming months, they would be launching their “U5 ”smartphone. The smartphone has been advertised to be providing unique selfie experience that too at an unbeatable price tag. So, let's dig in and see it for ourselves.
The phone has a decent design and with its textured covers and curved edges, the phone will be able to attract its user's attention. A textured surface has been provided on the back of the phone that will make sure that the phone would provide a firm grip when held in hands. The volume rocker and the power button are provided on the right edge of the phone. The external dimensions of the phone are 140.7 x 71.8 x 10 mm (5.54 x 2.83 x 0.39 in). The phone would be available in two color variants i.e. Black and White. The phone sports a 5.0 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The display will house approximately 196 ppi. The display is expected to get bright enough so as to provide a decent sunlight legibility, but then again one might see a dull screen too. The viewing angles of the phone is expected to be decent too. Overall the phone could have featured a better display.
The phone houses a Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53 processor that is backed by a Mediatek MT6737M chipset. The processor will make sure that the basic functions would be done by the phone easily and without any lags or stutter. One might not be able to do heavy multitasking on the phone, as then one might experience a little bit of lag or stutter. Light games and videos can be easily played on the phone as the Mali-T720MP2 chipset will make sure that the graphics performance remains consistent, but then again one might not be able heavy 3D games on the phone without encountering occasional lags or stutter. The phone will run on Android platform and that too on Android version 6.0.1. The phone will come with 8GB of internal storage, which again could be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The phone also comes with 1GB of RAM, which is a common thing in budget segment smartphones. The phone supports dual SIM and also supports 4G/LTE networks.
The phone comes with a 5MP rear camera that is backed by autofocus and LED flash. The camera features will include Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection and Touch to focus. Shooting modes will include Continuous Shooting and High Dynamic Range mode (HDR). HD video recording can also be done by the camera. The phone also comes with a 2MP front camera. Alcatel has touted the user’s to getting a next level selfie experience from the phone. The front camera is backed by screen flash, which is nothing but the screen getting flashed in low light conditions when a selfie is taken from the phone. The front camera also supports live face mask filters using which one can capture unique and fun selfies. One would be even able to add life to their selfies with the Face Show feature of the camera, which adds animations to the selfies snapped. One would be able to make selfies collages and keep everything in order using the smart Selfie album function. The phone features stereo speakers that we expect will get lough enough and also comes with 3.5mm audio jack that is backed by active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
Let’s talk about one of the most crucial part of the phone, its battery. The phone will come with a Li-Ion 2050 mAh battery. The battery will be able to work for a complete day with moderate to heavy usage. The battery is not expected to support fast charging. Talking about connectivity options, the phone will supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.2, A2DP, LE, A-GPS, FM radio with RDS and microUSB version 2.0. The sensors that will come in the phone include accelerometer..
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