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TCL turns on the bright lights for the Alcatel A5 LED at MWC 2017

By Jules Wang February 27, 2017, 2:01 am

Update: For more on the Alcatel A5 LED’s modular accessories, check out our hands-on coverage right here.

The chatter was not kidding around: TCL’s Alcatel has a load of mid-range devices it wants to get customers to buy this year. At MWC 2017, you can probably even see one of them throbbing its lights.

The Alcatel A5 LED leads the pack of phones with a 5.2-inch HD display on one side and a wall of colorful LEDs on the other. Different light configurations can signal different notifications and they can be programmed just to look pretty using “Color Catcher 2.0” — from in regular stationary use to music synchronization. Here are some quick spec hits:

  • Octa-core MediaTek MT6753, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage (+microSD)
  • 5.2-inch 720p display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera
  • 2,800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshamllow

The company has branded the Alcatel A3 as the “Most Affordable 5″ HD Smartphone”. The design doesn’t stun, though a texturized soft-touch back is appreciated. It also features a fingerprint sensor.

  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6737, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage (+microSD)
  • 5-inch 720p display
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera
  • 2,460mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Meanwhile, the Alcatel U5 comes in the same dress as the Alcatel A3, but is branded as the “Most Affordable 5″ 4G Smartphone.” There’s no fingerprint sensor here.

  • Quad-core MediaTek MT6737M (lower clock speed), 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (+microSD)
  • 5-inch FWVGA display
  • 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel selfie camera
  • 2,050mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

We’ll be able to give you a better idea about availability on these phones later on. Catch details about Alcatel’s PLUS 12 tablet here.


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