TCL previewed the Alcatel 5 alongside the Alcatel 1 and Alcatel 3 at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in January, revealing that the $300 smartphone would feature a “borderless” 18:9 screen, facial recognition technology, and a battery that’d supply up to “a day’s worth” of power. The company promised to show more at Mobile World Congress 2018 in late February, but leaked press materials spilled the beans a little early.
WinFuture published a promotional video and product renders of the Alcatel 5 on Wednesday, and they show a brushed metal smartphone with a unique front camera. Above the 5.7-inch FullView HD+ (1440×720) 18:9 IPS display is a dual front-facing module consisting of a 12MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, and a 5MP sensor with a 1.4μm pixel size, “six-part” optics, and a 120-degree field of view. The “Selfie” mode in the Alcatel 5’s camera app automatically switches to the wide-angle sensor when a group of people enters the frame, according to WinFuture, and TCL’s software taps the cameras for speedy facial recognition.
On Alcatel 5’s rear is a 12MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture, but it’s a single-module sensor. Next to it’s an LED flash and a fingerprint sensor, and near the bottom is the phone’s USB 2.0-capable Type-C port.
Under the hood, the Alcatel 5 packs a MediaTek MT6750 octa-core system-on-chip, with eight ARM Cortex-A53 clocked at 1.5GHz. It’s got 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery.
The Alcatel 5 supports Bluetooth 4.2 and LTE Cat. 4, which maxes out at 150 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up. It’ll launch with Android 8.0 Oreo, according to WinFuture, and come in gold and black color configurations.
The phone’s pricing is still a bit fluid, but WinFuture pegs it at €229.99 (~$284.34). That’s roughly in line with TCL’s past statements, but we’ll likely have to wait until MWC 2018 for confirmation.
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