The Alcatel A5 is certainly a fun looking smartphone. It has a unique feature – the light shower rear cover that uses LEDS and these lights sync together with the music you are listening to you, alerting you to notifications and even having different colours to match your games and photos. It is literally putting the party in your pants. However, given Alcatel’s limited budget, does the Alcatel A5 stand out? Check out below for the review.
The specifications for Alcatel A5 are:
- 5.2-inches HD display
- Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor
- Mali-T720MP3 graphics processing unit
- 2GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
- 8-megapixel camera on the back
- 5-megapixel camera on the front with selfie flash
- Android 6 Marshmallow operating system
- 2800 mAh li-on battery
Alcatel A5 Design and Display
As Alcatel A5 is in the range of an entry level phone, you can see that in the design. The case is big, chunky, and made of plastic. It definitely does not look like a premium phone in any way. The construction of the smartphone is solid and the volume and power lock buttons on the right are easy enough to operate. A headphone jack is found on top while the microUSB port is on the base. That added depth of the Light Show rear also makes the phone more uncomfortable to hold with one hand.
Display wise, the 5.2-inch HD display is clear and bright, making viewing and text easily. Despite that, the screen still looks a little dull even at full brightness.
Alcatel A5 Interface, Performance, and Camera
Alcatel A5’s operating system is Android version 6 Marshmallow which is not the latest version of Google’s operating system anymore. There are rumours that Alcatel A5 will get Android version 7 Nougat later this year but no solid evidence as of now yet.
Do not also expect a pure Android experience because Alcatel covers the Android operating system with its own heavy interface. The user interface looks childish and does not give any benefits to the user when compared to the stock version of Android.
While having an octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Alcatel A5 is not really fast in its performance. It is decent to navigate around the smartphone but it lacks the speed of other new rival low entry smartphones like the Nokia 5 and Moto G5.
The 8-megapixel camera on the back is also slightly disappointing. The photos produced from it are low quality and the sluggish shutter does not make things any better. However, the 5-megapixel camera on the front with its own LED flash is suitable for users that want to take selfie photos.
Alcatel A5 Price in Malaysia
While there are no local Malaysian websites or blogs with the official pricing for Alcatel A5 in Malaysia, Alcatel has confirmed that the selling price for Alcatel A5 is 199 Euros or around USD 210, 170 British Sterling Pounds and 275 Australian Dollars. If we calculate using 275 Australian Dollars, the price in RM is approximately 929 Malaysian Ringgit. This is using the 3.38 Malaysian Ringgit to the Australian Dollars standard exchange rate.
According to some other reviews, they also said that the Alcatel A5’s price is rather attractive. Alcatel A5 will only be available in the United Kingdom and Europe from the month of May onwards and the release for the United States will be later some point in the future.
Alcatel A5 Summary
In conclusion, the Alcatel A5 is an affordable and decent smartphone in the low entry market but do not expect for the smartphone to go beyond it. Alcatel has done something unique and creative to differentiate themselves from their rivals with the light show cover but with the other drawbacks such as unnecessary heavy Android user interface, average performance, and poor quality camera, there are many better options elsewhere.