Alcatel 5V review
AI Dual Camera & notched display
Our Alcatel 5V review uncovers an affordable smartphone (around £200 in the UK) that boasts a range of premium features. Most notably, these include an AI powered Dual Camera and a very large notched display.
The Alcatel 5V has an August UK release date. So, you won’t have to wait long if this Alcatel phone captures your imagination.
FullView notched display
The Alcatel 5V has a really large 6.2” FullView HD+ display. Although the display is large, it actually fits into the width of a standard 5.5” display. This is because the display is slim but long ( 19:9 screen aspect ratio). To accommodate this screen shape, there are extra rows of pixels (1500 x 720) that allow you to see more of web pages or enjoy a true cinematic movie watching experience.
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The display stretches from edge-to-edge with just a notch taken out at the top, for the camera lens. Overall, there is a 88% screen to body ratio, which is extremely high.
Design and processor
The Alcatel 5V has a toughened Dragontrail 2.5D glass front and this protects the display. It also features a 3D curved glass-like unibody with a high-shine finish. The phone has a thinness of 8.5mm and it is pretty light at 158g.
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The 2GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM brings just below flagship-like speeds. This means that the phone can handle multi-tasking, web browsing and gaming with ease.
Phone Set Up
Face Key is Alcatel’s version of facial recognition. The system authenticates the user by measuring 106 high-precision facial points in just 0.5 seconds. You also get a fingerprint reader that is located on the back. This can be used to secure sensitive information, take selfies with a tap or launch selected apps.
The Alcatel 5V has a healthy 32GB memory, giving plenty of space for moving content over from your old smartphone or iPhone. If more memory is needed in the future, then there is a memory card slot that accepts cards of up to 128GB.
Android 8.1 Oreo and Google Lens
The Alcatel 5V runs Google’s Android Oreo operating system. This gives you pre-loaded apps such as the Google Assistant and multi-tasking in a split screen view. With that large display, you can really make use of the split screen mode.
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You also get Google Lens, which is not usually part of the standard Oreo package. This lets you use the viewfinder of the camera to get information about what is around you. You might want to get information on landmarks, plants, find products online, copy and paste text, add calendar events or look up movie posters. You can do all of this without typing a single word.
Camera & Video
The Alcatel 5V has an AI-powered dual camera that consists of a 12MP lens and a 2MP lens. AI Scene detection automatically optimises the settings needed to take the perfect photo. Scenes recognised include portraits, animals, food, low light, blue sky, back lighting, plants, beach, text and more.
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The dual lens gives you real-time bokeh blurred backgrounds and you can even refocus the photo, after it has been captured. Further camera features include light trace, slow motion, Social Mode and time lapse video story.
The 8MP selfie camera hasn’t been forgotten. It features face beautification, Social Mode, Selfie Album and real-time video and photo filters.
A whopping battery
The battery in the Alcatel 5V has a whopping 4,000mAh capacity. This should give you up to:
- 650 hours of standby (27 days)
- 20 hours of talk time
Even thought the battery is huge, you can still fully charge it quickly. This typically takes 2 hours and 48 minutes.
Written by: Michael Brown