Alcatel OneTouch is present at Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress 2017 event where the company introduced a two-in-one convertible tablet with Windows 10 and a trio of smartphones. The new products consist of the futuristic Alcatel A5 LED smartphone that features an illuminated back body covered in LED lights that are not used only for artistic purposes, the world’s cheapest 5-inch smartphone Alcatel A3, the world’s cheapest 4G LTE smartphone Alcatel U5, and a 4G-enabled two-in-one convertible tablet Alcatel Plus 12.
Alcatel A5 LED phone
The Alcatel A5 LED is a 5.2-inch phone that sports an HD display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution and features a LED cover on the back that make the phone’s back design illuminated. Flashing lights on the back are often found on high-performing gaming cellphones. The LED lights on the back body of Alcatel A5 LED are not placed only for aesthetical boost, they are useful to supply you with the latest notifications from social media or emails by changing patterns and allow users to engage in a pattern challenge game.
A5 LED phone by Alcatel runs the 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 chipset with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable onboard storage. The operating system powering the device is Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
It has a 13MP autofocus camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash for shooting videos at 1080p and a secondary front-facing 5MP unit for selfies with a flash of its own. Lots of LED’s packed within this Alcatel phone.
Alcatel A5 LED supports two SIM cards, 4G LTE network, WiFi, Micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.2, and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. The onboard battery that will keep the device powered is a unit with 2,800 mAh capacity.
Alcatel A3 phone
The next device is what Alcatel calls a “World’s cheapest smartphone“, the Alcatel A3. As its name suggests, it has a 5-inch HD display with 720p resolution and runs the 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 chipset with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage that supports microSD up to 32GB and Android 6.0 Marshmallow version of the OS.
This phone also sports 13MP autofocus hi-resolution primary camera and a 5MP selfie snapper at the front. It supports 4G LTE network, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB 2.0, GPS, a back-mounted fingerprint, and NFC. The battery is a 2,460 mAh unit. Price remains to be disclosed but expect something cheap.
Alcatel U5 phone
The third phone is the Alcatel U5, dubbed by the company as “World’s cheapest 5-inch 4G LTE phone”. It has a 5-inch FWVGA display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution, runs 1.1GHz Mediatek MT6737M chipset with one GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Android Marshmallow is what highlights its scarce specs.
A 5MP and 2MP camera make everything Alcatel U5 phone reserves for photography, 4G LTE network support highlights its connectivity features and a 2,050 mAh battery powers it up. Kinda useless phone for 2017.
Alcatel PLUS 12 convertible 2-in-one tablet
The fourth device introduced by Alcatel at the MWC 2017 event is a 12-inch convertible tablet that is called Alcatel PLUS 12. The tablet brings decent specs in performance, supports SIM card with 4G LTE network, and runs on Windows 10.
Alcatel Plus 12 features an 11.6-inch FHD touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and has a 5MP front-facing camera that supports 1080p video recording. It runs the 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The onboard storage is made-up by embedding a 32GB eMMC and 32GB micro SD card. In addition, you can add a microSD of your choice that can be up to 128GB.
Alcatel Plus 12 tablet supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac clocked at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, accelerometer, hall sensor, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a fingerprint sensor. The latest Alcatel tablet can be converted into a laptop by connecting it with an LTE keyboard.