Alcatel Idol 5s, Idol 5, A7 XL, A7 hands-on review


Alcatel announced four smartphones and a smartwatch for kids at the IFA 2017 congress. Phone-wise we got the Idol 5S, followed by the slightly dialed down Idol 5, the battery-conscious A7 and dual camera-equipped A7 XL.

The Idol 5S is the most refined of the lineup and it shows it both in build and price. It has a 5.2-inch FullHD display, octa-core Mediatek Helio P20 chipset and a “Now” key that gives you quick access to favorite apps. The cameras are a 12MP main and 8MP front one.

The Idol 5S is available right now in Dark Gray priced 399.99.

Ifa 2017 Alcatel Idol 5S review

The Idol 5 is quite similar to the Idol 5S, only a bit less feature packed. It has an octa core Mediatek MT6753, a 13MP main snapper and a 5MP front one. Interestingly they capture interpolated (read “upscaled”) 16MP and 8MP stills – why, we cannot fathom.

The Idol 5 is available now in Metal Silver and Metal Black for 239.99.

The Alcatel A7 and A7 XL are more powerful and have bigger screens and bigger batteries. Both use a 4,000mAh power pack to power the A7’s 5.5-inch display and the A7 XL’s 6.0-inch display.

The Alcatel A7 XL has a dual camera which combines 12MP and 2MP cameras to bring a software portrait mode that let’s you adjust the amount of background blur after taking a shot.

The Alcatel A7 has a single 16MP snapper on the back.

The Alcatel A7 XL will be available in Black and Gold this November starting at 279.99, the Alcatel A7 is available now for 229.99.

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