Alcatel A7 XL review
A dual camera at an affordable price
Our Alcatel A7 XL review comes hot on the heels of our Alcatel A7 review, so it seems appropriate to first distinguish the differences. The Alcatel A7 XL is much bigger and has a dual camera, which will allow you to get that desirable bokeh effect.
The Alcatel A7 XL will launch in the UK during November and at around £245, it is only a few pounds more expensive than the Alcatel A7. Because of this, the Alcatel A7 XL should be your first choice and it is well worth the extra £40.
Dragontrail meets aluminium
The Alcatel A7 XL has a premium full metal aluminium enclosure that has a metallic brushed effect. This gives the phone a quality feel and the aluminium body meets the 2.5D arced Dragontrail glass of the front. The arc is at the edges of the display and they make the phone more pleasurable to hold.
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Dragontrail glass is toughened and very hard to scratch. It is rather similar to Corning Gorilla Glass, which we see on most smartphones today.
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This Alcatel phone will be available in Metal Black or Metal Gold, which are probably the two most desirable smartphone colours. The Alcatel A7 XL is pretty light, at 175g, when we consider the size of the device. The thickness sits right in the mid-range at 8.65mm.
The Alcatel A7 XL instantly gives a feeling of wow, due to the size of the 6” Full HD IPS display. There are not too many smartphones around with a screen this big and the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (367 pixels per inch) is ideal for watching media or for playing games.
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The experience is powered along by a MediaTek 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. It is not quite as responsive as a flagship phone but when we consider the price, it is ideal for its prospective buyers.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint security and transferring content
The Alcatel A7 XL has a very responsive fingerprint sensor and this unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds. The sensor is located on the back face and it sits right beneath the camera lenses. A little functionality has been added and a quick tap will allow users to answer calls or access the private folder.
The internal memory of 32GB gives plenty of room for bringing over content from an old smartphone. If however more memory is needed, then there is a microSD card slot that accepts up to 32GB cards.
The Alcatel A7 XL runs Google’s Android 7.1 Nougat operating system. This brings with it the intuitive Google Assistant, along with other apps such as Gmail, Maps, YouTube and Play Music. Video and music gets a quality upgrade with DTS (Dedicated to Sound) audio enhancements.
Camera & Video
The dual 12MP and 2MP camera lenses are a real draw for the Alcatel A7 XL. There are few affordable smartphones around with a dual camera system, so this is a phone to choose if you love your photography.
The dual lenses work to get a greater depth of field, for more detailed and sharper photographs. The dual cameras enable the capturing of true bokeh effects, where the background is blurred.
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A slider controls the level of background blur and you can touch objects in the scene, so that they remain in focus. The Alcatel A7 XL will allow you to refocus the shot, even after it has been saved and there is a handy background substitution feature as well.
Camera features that aid in getting good photographic results includes a Dual tone LED flash, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and PDAF (Phase Detect Auto Focus). Video can be recorded at a quality of 1080p and at a rate of 30 frames per second. Both pictures and videos can be shown off on a Smart TV, where Miracast technology is supported.
5MP selfie camera
The 5MP selfie camera has a single LED flash and Face Beauty feature for making enhancements, like smoothing out your skin.
The Alcatel A7 XL has a very big 4,000mAh battery. According to Alcatel, this will give you up to 800 hours of standby (33 days) or up to 18 hours of talk time. A Quick Charger is included in the box and this can bring the battery reserves up to 50% in 40 minutes. Quick Charge will completely charge the phone in around 2.5 hours.
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Written by: Michael Brown