For 2018, TCL has refreshed the Alcatel lineup by splitting them into three categories. There is the Alcatel 1 series for entry level devices, Alcatel 3 series for lower mid-range devices, and Alcatel 5 series for the flagship (read mid-range) category.
Full details of the Alcatel 5, which is still the only phone we have seen in the 5 series, have surfaced online ahead of official unveiling at MWC 2018.
The design of the Alcatel 5 should be familiar by now. After having first surfaced about 4 months ago when Evan Blass leaked the complete lineup, the phone has leaked many more times afterwards. However, we’d quickly run through it again.
Alcatel 5 Design
Alcatel is taking a different approach to the bezel-less trend. Rather than reducing the size of both bezels like the Samsung Galaxy S8, or completely shaving the top bezel off like the Essential PH-1, the Alcatel 5 has a shaved chin (not completely) and rocks a big forehead.
Flip the phone to the back and you are greeted with a gold or black brushed back with curved sides and a chrome finish at the top and bottom.
Personally, the device looks better from the rear than it does from the front
Alcatel 5 Specs
The Alcatel 5 has a 5.7” HD+ IPS FullView display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
The large forehead is home to dual front facing cameras. One is a 13MP f/2.0 sensor with 5P lens and the other is a 5MP 120° wide-angle camera. The second camera is for those wide-angle selfies with more than two friends or when you want to capture the view behind you.
On the rear there is a 12MP f/2.0 sensor with a LED flash and fingerprint scanner positioned below it. The phone also supports face unlock. The Alcatel 5 has a 3000mAh battery, a USB-C port, Bluetooth 4.2 and runs Android 8.0 Oreo.
Alcatel 5 Price
The Alcatel 5 will be available in metallic black and gold and will sell for 229.99 Euros (~$285) in Europe. There is no official release date yet but it expected to be unveiled at MWC 2018. Sales should commence shortly afterwards.