5.2-inch screen with 1280×720 pixel resolution and multi-touch up to five fingers, MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor with 1.3GHz speed, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 13MP primary camera with LED flash, 5MP secondary camera with LED flash, fingerprint sensor
- Lightup + (LED) and Power + (battery) modifiers,
- Good performance
- insufficient internal storage,
- Bad camera
Modular smartphones captured the attention of the technological world a few years ago. The idea started with modular Modu phone ten years ago. Later, it took an exciting turn with the now-destroyed Nokia Ara Project and reached maturity with LG G5 and Gionee M7 power. Now Alcatel has ventured into the modular field with its A5 LED edition, with some notable successes and failures of its own.
Alcatel A5 LED offers a pleasant break from the monotonous design language prevalent among mid-range smartphones. To do this, allow the back cover to be exchanged in one of two modes, either a battery cover or an exciting LED cover.
These modes connect to the Alcatel A5 LED through some Pogo pins placed on top of the phone’s actual battery. While the Power + battery mode increases the battery life by a decent 3100mAh, bringing it to a total of 5900mAh, it is the Lightup + LED mod of the phone.
While the LEDs on the phones are not new (remember Nokia 3220), nothing comes close to the party in a pocket that is Alcatel A5 LED. A set of 35 LEDs in the Lightup + mod will light synchronized with the music played on the phone, or it can be programmed to act as a notification alert. You can even select LED patterns for contacts or individual groups.
The LED panel is bright and customizable. Using dedicated applications, you can choose from ten presets for the back cover of Lightup +, or make the lights flash the colors of your surroundings. It even has a configuration that changes clear topics depending on the decibel levels of your voice.
But the Alcatel A5 LED comes with some shortcomings that can not be ignored. The 5.2-inch screen is a 720p panel that leaves a lot to be desired. The output of the screen is not as sharp as you would like from a modern phone. Images of the 13MP snapper on the Alcatel A5 LED came out average at best. The 5-megapixel front camera comes with its own LED flash but does not help much with selfies in low light conditions.
The MediaTek 6753 octa-core processor with clock frequency of 1.3 GHz and 3 GB of RAM make the Alcatel A5 LED a decent daily controller. The smartphone manages multiple applications running simultaneously. The transitions are uniform even with several apps running in the background. Performance, however, falls when pressed. We discovered that the phone tends to get hot during games or similar jobs that require a lot of performance.
The Alcatel A5 LED runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, which is a disappointment. There are pre-installed applications, such as Facebook, Amazon, Kindle, etc., that you can use immediately. However, we had some random advertisements in the review unit, which became a bit annoying after a while. One can disable these ads by disabling unnecessary pre-installed applications.
The 2800mAh battery in Alcatel A5 LED drains much faster than expected. The Power + mod helped extend the battery life to more than a day of use with moderate use. However, the cover of the battery pack increases the volume of the phone.
Launched at $267, the Alcatel A5 LED now sells for $170 at Amazon. While the phone offers some exciting features, it is overwhelmed by deficiencies in some crucial parts.
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