Alcatel A7 XL Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the Alcatel A7 XL, by Alcatel

- Analysis by KJ David


The Alcatel A7 XL, an up-sized version of the 2017 A7 is a middle-class phablet whose key pro is a large 6-inch Full HD (1080p) LTPS display furbished with a 2.5D Dragontrail Glass cover . In comparison, its base model touts a 5.5-inch screen, but has the same architecture and protective cover glass.

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Display is not the only thing this XL version tinkered with, however, since it also replaces the A7's lone 16-megapixel rear camera with a dual-lens camera system, consisting of a 12-megapixel main cam and a 2-megapixel sidekick cam . Despite its reduction in maximum pixel resolution , the A7 XL still calls out to imaging-focused users eyeing a wide-screen mid-ranger, seeing that its camera specs include RT-Bokeh , shot refocusing , and background substitution, among others. As for its front-facing camera, its 5-megapixel selfie cam is noting to call home about , although its FHD-1080p video-recording capability and front-firing LED flash are nice touches.

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Ably powering this phablet's pros and cons is a massive 4000mAh battery with favorable battery life scores, such as an 800-hour standby time and a 750-minute 3G talk time . Moreover, its fast-charging technology promises to refill its power capacity by up to 50 percent under 40 minutes of charging .

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Sitting alongside its sizable battery pack is the A7 XL's split-eight-core processor running at 1.5GHz + 1GHz and 3GB accompanying RAM -- both hitting the money for a 2017 middle-class smartphone. Sadly, though, it only supports up to 32GB of external storage (It comes with 32GB of native memory), while plenty of other models in this class allow up to 128GB microSD cards.

Also joining its mid-tier bundle of pros and cons is a standard (as of 2017 Q3) fingerprint recognition system for phone unlocking and file security as well as a full-metal enclosure . It greets users with the Android 7.1 platform and it is available in four colors, including Metal Blue and Rose Gold.

In the end, the A7 XL does not boast extra large (not too large, at least) upgrades over the A7, but it does target its own distinct buyer group, specifically, those who prefer expansive screens clubbed with a promising battery life.


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