TCL may be known as the manufacturer behind Alcatel and one of the current licensees of the BlackBerry brand, that is not to say it has stopped releasing phones under its own name. At this year’s edition of the China Mobile Global Partner Conference Forum, a new phone called the TCL A5 made an appearance.
The first thing you notice about the TCL A5 is its tri-bezel-less design. Rather than have reduced bezels at the top and bottom, TCL has shaved only the lower bezel giving it a look similar to an inverted Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 or a Razer Phone with its lower bezel missing.
Specification details provided say the TCL A5 has a 5.7” 18:9 display. It is powered by MediaTek’s MT6750T octa-core processor and runs Android 7.0.
The TCL A5 has 16MP dual front facing cameras positioned on the left and a single rear camera of an undisclosed pixel count. It also has Dirac HD sound for Hi-Fi audio.
While this is said to be the TCL A5, the back of the phone has Alcatel’s branding which means this will launch under the brand in some markets. And we already know which Alcatel model this is.
Remember the Alcatel line-up leaked by Evan Blass last month, one of them is the Alcatel 5 and it has the exact design as the TCL A5. Come to think of it the name TCL A5 may actually just be short for TCL Alcatel 5.
The back of the phone is metal with a matte finish. The rear camera is positioned in the middle and below it is a LED flash and a fingerprint scanner. The rest of the specs are unknown but should equally be interesting.
Sources say the phone will launch in China first but no specific date was provided.