- Analysis by Christelle Nina
At a glance, it's easy to tell that the Alcatel A3 doesn't have the best display around. At this point, it's almost strange to see a smartphone (that doesn't belong to the ultra-budget market) with only a 1280 x 720 resolution . Combined with a 5-inch display, its pixel density falls at an unexciting 294DPI .
As for its more unique offerings, it clearly banks heavily on several fingerprint-based features. It boasts of a Private Mode, which lets the user access hidden apps or files only through unlocking the device with a specific finger . To add to this, the Alcatel A3 is designed to recognize five different fingerprints . It's supposed to automatically launch a certain application (as assigned by the user) upon unlocking the screen with the app's corresponding finger. One can also set one finger to take a selfie in an instant -- a feature that makes its pretty-average camera specs (more on this later) a bit more interesting.
Next on this pros and cons list is its battery. At 2460mAh, it's noticeably among the least powerful phones in its subcategory .
As for imaging pros and cons, this smartphone doesn't have anything exceptional to offer megapixel-wise, as its 13-megapixel rear camera is pretty standard for its price tier. Its 5-megapixel front camera is just the same, and it even fares a bit poorer in comparison to selfie-specializing semi-budget phones . However, the plus side to it is that it sports an LED flash both at the front and back . Perhaps to keep up with current trends, its selfie shooter also boasts of animation-based features like Face Mask and Face Show (vaguely similar to Snapchat filters).
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Design-wise, there's nothing to complain about in the A3's aesthetics. Its metallic frame and textured back cover are both decent for the price. When it comes to its dimensions, on the other hand, it stands relatively-thick at 8.6mm .
As for performance specs, the A3's 1.25GHz clock speed not only is inferior against its colleagues, but it doesn't stack up even against the average across all phones (as of April 2017). The amount of RAM it offers (1.5GB) is also one of its biggest cons.
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All in all, the Alcatel A3 seems like a phone designed with "fun" features as the first priority. It might not sit well with Android fans who demand solid performance or battery specs, but it looks like it would be a viable choice for the young Android novice.
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** This phone is also known as: Alcatel Mobile A3
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