The Alcatel 5 is TCL’s Newest Mid-Ranger (or Flagship?)

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Apart from the budget-oriented 3-series handsets, TCL also announced the brand’s newest “flagship”, though I’m not really sure how they define that word, since the new Alcatel 5’s specs are mostly from the mid-range book.

In any case, let’s leave them be and focus on the phone. It has a 5.7-inch, 18:9 HD+ IPS display, and is powered by the MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor. I know, it’s an odd choice given that there’s a bunch of newer chips out there. There’s 2GB/4GB of RAM, and 16GB/32GB of storage with microSD card support.

The Alcatel 5 uses a 12MP sensor at the back with features like EIS, Light Trace, Slow Motion, and Video Story, complimented by a dual front-camera system composed of a 13MP main sensor, complimented by a 5MP sensor.  The device runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and packs a 3,000mAh battery.

Other features include Dual SIM capability, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio, NFC, and a fingerprint sensor. Alcatel’s Face Key feature, which is basically their own implementation of Face Unlock, is also present.

The Alcatel 5 comes in Metallic Black and Metallic Gold, and retails for €230, which is I think a bit too much for what it offers.

Alcatel 5 Specs:

  • 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor
  • 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of storage expandable via microSD card
  • 5.7-inch, 18:9 HD+ IPS LCD display
  • 12MP rear camera, f/2.2
  • 13MP + 5MP front camera, f/2.0, EIS
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • NFC, USB Type-C, FM Radio
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 3,000mAh battery


Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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