Alcatel has kicked off its event at this year’s Mobile World Congress with the launch of three new affordable smartphones under the latest ‘U’ and ‘A’ series. The phones – the Alcatel U5, Alcatel A3, and Alcatel A5 LED, all feature entry-level specifications, however, the A5 also sports an illuminated back panel studded with LEDs.
In terms of hardware, the most affordable one introduced, Alcatel U5 comes with a 5-inch 480p (854×480) display up front and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737M processor clocked at 1.1Ghz. The U5 runs on Android Marshmallow and is backed up by 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage. The camera setup includes a 5MP rear shooter, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, along with a bevy of selfie-specific camera tweaks. Furthermore, there’s an SD card slot, and a 2050mAh battery.
Next up, the Alcatel A3 brings marginally better internals than the U5. It flaunts a 5-inch 720p panel and runs on a MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. There’s 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, MicroSD expansion, Android Marshmallow, and a 2460mAh battery. However, this one also rocks a fingerprint scanner on the rear, and the camera arrangement has a respectable 13MP lens on the back and a 5MP sensor on the front.
Lastly, we have the A5 LED which is certainly the most interesting of them all. The most notable asset of the phone is, of course, the “dazzling” LED back panel that can be configured for displaying various light patterns based on notifications, music playback, and more. As far as the specifications are concerned, there’s a 5.2-inch 720 display, MediaTek MT6753 octa-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal space, MicroSD card slot, and a 2800mAh battery. It comes preloaded with Android 6.0 and carries 8MP and 5MP cameras. Pricing and the availability of these new handsets haven’t been announced yet. Hence, stay tuned for those.