Alcatel Onetouch, the three way partnership between France’s Alcatel and China’s TCL, has been a background participant within the Indian marketplace for some time now. A number of different Chinese language firms have entered and made huge splashes – not all have sustained their momentum, however Alcatel has popped up now and again with a brand new launch, reminding us that it is right here.
The brand new Alcatel Flash 2 may elevate the corporate’s profile in India. It has an affordable worth and a few fascinating seems to be and options that set it aside in a really crowded house. We’re wanting to see what this gadget has in retailer for us.
Feel and appear
The Alcatel Flash 2 has a reasonably daring look which most different producers appear to shrink back from. At first look it looks as if a premium cellphone, however on nearer inspection the shiny chrome body which cradles the black entrance face and wraps across the sides is definitely plastic. The entrance face is black and is bordered by refined plastic strips which just about make it look as if the entrance glass wraps across the sides.
The earpiece grille up prime is flanked by the front-facing digicam and its flash, which provides this cellphone its identify. On the underside is a big inexperienced circle representing the Residence button. The Again and Recents buttons on both aspect of it aren’t instantly seen, however their equally massive labels gentle up in white when touched.
You are both going to like or hate the rear – it has the identical tough, sandpapery end because the OnePlus One, which we discovered ourselves sad with over a protracted interval of utilization. It is nice for grip, however it’s actually uncomfortable within the hand, and tends to select up mud and scuffs very simply. Fortunately, Alcatal bundles a snap-on flip cowl which replaces this panel. This one has a faux leather-based end – full with faux stitching. Should you select to make use of the flip cowl, you’ll work together with the cellphone’s touchscreen by a small clear window.
The metallic digicam bump protrudes just a little and has one other inexperienced ring, which actually pops. All in a line beneath it are the dual-tone digicam flash, an enormous Flash emblem in working script, a refined Alcatel Onetouch emblem, and the cellphone’s loudspeaker. There are two Micro-SIM slots and a microSD slot beneath the rear cowl. The battery is seen, however is not detachable.
The Micro-USB port is on the underside and the three.5mm audio socket is on prime. The left is completely clean, whereas the facility and quantity buttons are on the precise. There’s additionally a digicam shutter button on the decrease proper – not one thing generally seen on Android telephones as of late. Unusually, you may’t use this button to launch the digicam app from standby; it’s important to use the on-screen shortcut.
Specs and software program
We weren’t anticipating fireworks at this worth level, and positive sufficient, the Alcatel Flash 2 is constructed out of typical workhorse-class elements. There is a Mediatek MT6753 processor with eight CPU cores working at 1.3GHz and built-in Mali-T720 graphics. There’s additionally 2GB of RAM. 16GB of storage is fairly commonplace, however microSD card help goes all the way in which as much as 128GB and USB-OTG works as properly.
The 5-inch display screen has a predictable HD 720×1280 decision. The rear digicam has a 13-megapixel sensor and the one in entrance has a 5-megapixel one. Video recording tops out at 1080p, 30fps. There’s Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth four.zero, A-GPS, and 4G on Indian networks. The battery has a powerful 3000mAh capability.
The cellphone runs Android 5.1 with only a few seen customisations – not even a brand new icon set – which is a big reduction. A shortcut known as Audio Profiles permits you to shortly swap between regular, silent, assembly and out of doors modes, and one other known as Click on Clear which is not documented however appears to terminate background apps to liberate RAM. The default system keyboard has been changed with one known as TouchPal, which we discovered a bit crude.
Alcatel is pushing the Flash 2 as a photography-centric cellphone, and as such the digicam app has rather a lot occurring. There are shortcuts for the flash, timer and smile detection proper inside the viewfinder. A settings menu reveals all of the scene modes together with Face Magnificence, HDR, Tremendous Nice, Multi Angle, and Reside Photograph.
Whatsapp, Twitter, Fb and AVG Antivirus come presinstalled. There are additionally two small utilities known as Auto Begin Supervisor and Backup & Restore which each do just about what their names counsel. Lastly, there is a third-party app retailer known as zApp, which we actually do not see any want for.
We discovered no main issues with the efficiency of the Alcatel Flash 2 by way of day-to-day utilization. The display screen is not extraordinarily sharp and hues are just a little muted, however it does have good viewing angles and is not exhausting to take care of beneath harsh daylight. The loudspeaker is tinny and harsh, however surprisingly loud. The rear did get a bit heat when utilizing the digicam for lengthy durations.
The cellphone did not all the time latch on to 4G networks, and wanted a fast toggle of the airplane mode shortcut to pressure it. Voice name high quality was wonderful. The bundled equipment aren’t of very top quality, particularly the headset. The cellphone additionally appeared to take a extremely very long time to cost.
Benchmark scores had been fairly good for a sub-Rs. 10,000 cellphone. We acquired 34,759 factors in AnTuTu and 18,137 total in Quadrant. Graphics exams had been a blended bag, with 20fps in GFXbench, defined by the low-res display screen, and three,763 in 3DMark Ice Storm Excessive. The battery lasted for eight hours, 31 minutes in our video loop take a look at and simply lasted by a day of heavy utilization, together with gaming and Internet browsing over 4G.
Picture high quality appeared good on the cellphone, however after we zoomed in to full measurement, it was clear that particulars had been simply misplaced. It doesn’t matter what the subject material was, textures had been messy and there appeared to be extreme compression. Focus additionally typically appeared to be off. Photographs taken at night time had been poor, with a number of noise and little or no definition of topics. A lot of our pattern pictures had been merely not price utilizing. We had been fairly dissatisfied total, and we have seen significantly better from telephones that price even lower than this. The front-facing digicam did an affordable job and its flash wasn’t overpowering as we’ve got typically seen. It is a good addition, however the total digicam efficiency is weak, particularly for a cellphone marketed for that motive.
The Alcatel Flash 2 is an fascinating cellphone with a number of character. Its daring styling will attraction to those that do not desire a cookie-cutter cellphone. Efficiency is sweet, however should you’re on the lookout for disruptive options equivalent to a fingerprint reader or full-HD display screen, you will need to look elsewhere. Whereas these issues is likely to be good to have, the Flash 2 covers all of the necessities and you will not be left wanting. Digicam high quality won’t be the perfect, however battery life is sweet. You may need to determine which options are a very powerful for you.