The Alcatel 5 is one of those mobiles that you would like to take with you everywhere. It is a model with a good screen size, a slim and elegant design and an excellent camera for selfies with a special lens to not leave anyone out in group photos. It looks good in the hand, weighs little in the pocket and, above all, it has an adjusted price so you don't have to spend the savings on your new mobile. Its official price is 199 euros , although you can already find good offers to save more when buying this mobile.
In addition, it is another of the models that enjoys an infinite screen or full view to make the most of the front of the smartphone. Specifically, it has a 5.7-inch IPS screen and HD + resolution . Despite this good size screen, the Alcatel 5 surprises with its lightness. Barely 144 grams of weight, which will help us to handle it very comfortably with one hand. And all this with the option of using two different phone lines on a single smartphone. We have decided to gather in this article the main features of the Alcatel 5.
Alcatel 5 - Data sheet
|screen||5.7 inches, 18: 9 aspect ratio, HD + 720 x 1440 pixels (282 dpi), IPS|
|Main chamber||12 megapixels, f / 2.2, Full HD video|
|Camera for selfies||13 + 5 megapixels, f / 2.0, Full HD video|
|Internal memory||32 GB / Expandable via microSD card|
|Extension||microSD up to 128GB|
|Processor and RAM||Eight-core Mali-5860MP2 (1.5GHz 4-core and 1.0GHz 4-core), 3GB|
AnTuTu Benchmark power test: the application fails to complete the test
Geekbench 4 Power Test: 607 points (Single-Core) / 2513 points (Multi-Core)
|Battery||3,000 mAh, no fast charging|
|Operating system||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|Connections||BT 4.2, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC|
|SIM||DualSIM (two nanoSIMs)|
|Design||Metal and glass, fingerprint reader, gold or black|
|Dimensions||152.35 x 71.1 x 8.45 millimeters (150 grams)|
|Featured Features||FM radio, face recognition unlock, wide angle selfies|
1. A quality design with reduced frames and a very light body
Today, the market is full of proposals for the mid-range. There are many competitors willing to gain a foothold in this segment that generates so many sales and it is not easy to differentiate itself from the rest. The Alcatel 5 does it. It is a mobile that picks up the trend of making frames increasingly narrow, but does it in its own way. Rather than having a pair of symmetrical frames at the top and bottom, the company has chosen to reduce the bottom frame as much as possible and make the top frame wider. This somewhat risky bet on an aesthetic level has good results, since it is an elegant mobile that is different from what we usually see.
Of course, the frames on the sides are almost non-existent to make the most of the front. On the back, we have a brushed finish that has always caught my attention, classic but elegant. In Christian, that means we see a series of horizontal stripes across the entire rear. The Alcatel 5 is available in two configurations, one in gold and the other in black. We were able to try the configuration in gold and the truth is that the brushed design reduces that “tacky” or too striking component that this tonality can incur . In addition, the bezels have been rounded and the back is slightly curved to make it more comfortable to hold.
However, what is most surprising about the design of the Alcatel 5 apart from the frames is its weight. This mid-range mobile barely reaches 144 grams. At first it can give you the feeling that it does not carry anything inside how light it is. That does not mean that it is fragile, during the time we have used it we have not had any problems and the feeling it leaves is that it is a resistant model.
2. Full view screen
At this point, it is rare to find a modern mobile that does not have a screen that is usually called infinite or Full View. The reason is simple, make the most of the front space to be able to insert larger panels without having to create shoephones. The Alcatel 5 includes a full view type screen with an ultra-wide format and a size of 5.7 inches. It is not as big as the Alcatel 5V, designed to enjoy movies and video on a large screen, but it maintains a very comfortable format so that you can carry it in your pocket and enjoy apps, games and videos in detail.
The Alcatel mobile has an HD + screen with vivid colors and a good level of brightness, although it suffers like almost all if it receives the direct impact of sunlight.
3. Long live the selfies
The Alcatel 5 is a modern mobile designed to meet the needs of young people - and not so young. We live in the age of selfies, who has not taken one of these photos alone or with friends? And this is where Alcatel has decided to put all the meat on the grill with a double camera for the front area.
We are talking about a double lens, with a normal lens to get selfies of up to 16 megapixels and another wide-angle lens of up to 8 megapixels . The first lens is the one we will use on a regular basis, for selfies in which we appear only ourselves or with another person. In these selfies, the level of detail and resolution matter more, in addition to being a lens with more powerful conditions at night. The second lens gives us that extra we need when more friends appear in the photo (which amounts to a group selfie).
We are talking about a super wide angle lens of up to 120 degrees, which is used to take photos three times wider than a normal lens does. In addition, Alcatel has included a way for the camera to switch lenses automatically when it detects more than two faces looking at the camera. A much more convenient way to get the perfect photo without wasting time.
For low-light conditions, such as selfies that we take going out at night, the Alcatel 5 incorporates a flash in the front area. An addition that is very difficult to see on mid-range mobiles and that is very helpful.
We do not forget the rear camera either, although it is not as powerful as the front. In this case, we have a single lens for taking photos up to 16 megapixels, near-instant autofocus (PDAF), and a dual-tone flash for more realistic color flash photos.
4. Social mode
It is clear that the Alcatel 5 is a mobile for people today. And the company has not wanted to stay in a good camera to take selfies. Most of us, more or less, use social networks like Facebook (and more and more Instagram) on a daily basis. Alcatel has developed a specific function to upload photos to these platforms.
With the Social Mode we have three possibilities. On the one hand, we can take a single photo and then adapt it to the web format . The second option is to create a collage with different photos that are then uploaded together in a very colorful creation. The last option is to make a burst of four photos that are composed like in a photo booth . The result of these compositions can be seen at the bottom of the screen. If we like the results, a couple of clicks are enough to share them with our favorite social network.
5. Facial recognition and fingerprint reader
At the security level, the fingerprint reader is an addition that has become a basic feature of any mid-range mobile. But, in addition, several manufacturers have wanted to extend the security options also to the face. This is the case of the Alcatel 5, which incorporates a function called Face Key. It is a facial recognition capable of analyzing 106 key points of our face when identifying the user.
And it does it at a really high speed, since it takes only half a second to recognize our face and unlock the phone. In our tests we had no problems in being recognized first the vast majority of times (always taking into account that there are minimal light conditions) and both with glasses and without them, with more or less beard, etc.
However, if what we are looking for is a higher level of security, it is always advisable to opt for its fingerprint reader, which also works very fast and recognizes the finger very well in any position.
Price and reviews
The Alcatel 5 can already be found in stores for an official price of 199 euros . In addition, you can find various offers to get it at an even more attractive price. In short, we are facing a mid-range mobile with a balanced technical set and several aspects in which it makes a very strong bet.
Starting with its front camera, very much aimed at lovers of selfies. Its double camera works very well so that no one is left out of the photo or we can include the entire scene we are looking to photograph. And the design is not far behind, with the reduced frames and a brushed gold or black finish that is very elegant. And with a featherweight that is appreciated when using it with one hand.