Alcatel (formerly Alcatel OneTouch), which TCL fully acquired in 2015, is perhaps best known for its affordable Idol smartphone series, and all signs point to a big refresh in 2018. One of the upcoming handsets in the lineup — the Alcatel 5 — recently underwent FCC certification, and documents made public this week give a glimpse at its design and features.
The Alcatel 5 looks to have a brushed aluminum back cover, and could be Alcatel’s 2018 flagship. (That’s compared to the Alcatel 1X, which is said to have a plastic body.) The FCC’s photos don’t give away much, but do seem to match previously leaked renders of the Alcatel 5.
What we can glean from the pictures, though, is that Alcatel 5 will have a single rear camera and a USB Type-C port, won’t have a 3.5mm headphone port, and looks to have a 3,000mAh capacity battery.
It was a little over a month ago we first heard rumors of the Alcatel 5. More recently, press renders for six of the Alcatel’s upcoming smartphones — including the Alcatel 1X, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3C, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 3X — leaked in earnest. Presumably, they’ll launch at different price points.
We’ll likely learn more at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, where Alcatel’s expected to announce the new Idol series.
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