- Analysis by KJ David
Initially carried by MetroPCS, the Alcatel 7 is a middle-class 6-incher that comes with no more than 2GB of RAM and only 32GB of on-board memory , which can at least be expanded by up to 128GB. In comparison, some of its phablet rivals, which are also featured here at Phonerated, pack at least 3GB of RAM and start out with 64GB of native memory.
Its aforementioned middling RAM count sounds even more problematic, knowing that its MediaTek MT6736TA 2.5GHz octa-core processor made it one of the fastest smartphones within its price group as we were reviewing its technical pros and cons. Up front, it sports a 6-inch In-Cell display with a wide 18:9 aspect ratio , which was one of the trendiest specs in the mid- and high-end Android categories when it hit the market.
Given its relatively fast engine, the Alcatel 7 packs a sizable 4000mAh battery . Incidentally, its robust battery capacity translates to a highly-reassuring 28-hour 3G talk time (1680 minutes) and a 700-hour standby time (a little over 29 days) . It also comes with the Pump Express 2.0+ fast-charging technology, although we did not find a specific charging time at the time of writing.
As for imaging, the Alcatel 7 mimics many high-class photography smartphones by touting a dual-lens rear-facing main camera , although one whose depth camera sits on a mere 2 megapixels (Its main lens is a standard 12-megapixel camera). Its imaging pros and cons include the Instant Collage real-time collage maker, a dual-tone LED flash, and a standard FHD-1080p maximum video-recording resolution.
Up front, it offers an 8-megapixel selfie camera, which is sadly limited to a fixed focus capacity that could sound like a huge con for selfie addicts. However, it does come with a dedicated front-firing LED flash and it captures FHD-1080p videos, so it is not too shabby overall.
Joining the aforementioned features are Alcatel's Face Key user facial recognition system and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo platform, which tops it off as a viable choice for middle-class smartphone shoppers who prioritize performance and stamina more than any other feature.
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