- Analysis by KJ David
The 2018 Alcatel 5V is an up-sized version of the 5.7-inch Alcatel 5 that now comes with a 6.2-inch facade, but still serves middle-class phablet seekers. While its forenamed screen real estate and wide 18.7:9 aspect ratio wind up as solid selling points in our book, at least as of this technical Phonerated review, its decision to stick to a HD+ (1500 x 720) screen resolution is an outright con, knowing that some of the best large-screen smartphones available don't settle for anything less than Full HD or Full HD+ (1080p). Additionally, the 5V does not quite pique out interest when it comes to selfies, sporting an unassuming 8-megapixel f/2.8 fixed-focus camera right above its display.
Despite its lapses in the selfie department, though, the 5V manages to squeeze a dual-lens rear camera into its mix of photography pros and cons, mirroring many upscale photography smartphones on the market. Its own take on the dual-lens technology comes in the form of a 12-megapixel PDAF-equipped main camera coupled with a 2-megapixel fixed-focus sidekick cam for depth analysis. The 5V's imaging specs also include a real-time bokeh shooting mode, a refocusing tool, and AI-powered scene recognition , which, collectively, give it an edge versus several of its mid-level rivals, especially those that stick to conventional single-lens rear cameras.
Joining this Alcatel model's pros is a sizable 4000mAh battery , which, apart from being a huge upgrade over the original Alcatel 5's 3000mAh cell, puts the 5V closer to the best heavy-duty phones around. Moreover, it boasts some reassuring stress test scores, such as a 650-hour standby time (about 27 days and a 20-hour 2G talk time , both of which were safely above the corresponding average marks as we were writing this.
As for its hardware pros and cons, the 5V runs on a dual-cluster eight-core MediaTek MT6762 processor running at 2GHz + 1.5GHz and a 3GB RAM that we think could have been boosted to a more solid 4GB RAM, considering its expansive display. It lugs 32GB of native memory and it supports up to 128GB's worth of top-up storage. Also in the mix is the 5V's 3D glass-like backing and 2.5D Dragontrail glass screen finish.
In the end, while the Alcatel 5V lacks a high-end punch when it comes to screen definition and selfie cam, it still makes for a feasible choice for battery-cautious phablet buyers who want a taste of the trendy (as of July 2018) dual camera technology.
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