TCL has joined the notch train with the Alcatel 5V. The notch is fairly wide and is home to the front camera, sensor, and earpiece. The bottom has a bit of bezel but still smaller than what you will find on 16:9 phones.
The rear looks nice and has a similar reflective finish to the Alcatel 3 and Alcatel 3V. The reflective appearance is due to a process called Optical Vacuum Plating. It also has dual rear cameras arranged vertically and positioned on the left. TCL has decided not to copy the iPhone X by separating the sensors. It looks odd but distinct from the plethora of Android phones with iPhone X-styled cameras.
Alcatel 5V Specs
The Alcatel 5V has a 6.2-inch 1500 x 720 display with Dragontrail glass on top. With the notch, the phone has a screen-to-body ratio of 88%.
Powering the device is MediaTek’s Helio P22 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. There is an expansion slot for more storage. The rear cameras are a 12MP 1.25um sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Like most manufacturers, TCL has added AI features such as scene detection. There is also Google Lens baked into the camera app. The front camera is an 8MP sensor.
The Alcatel 5V runs Android 8.1 Oreo and packs a 4,000mAh battery. It also has a fingerprint scanner and support for face unlock, though it is called Face Key and is said to scan 106 facial key points and unlocks the phone in 0.5 seconds.
Price and Availability
The Alcatel 5V will sell for $199.99 and come in black and blue. It will be available later this month in select markets.