- Analysis by KJ David
Though not the true-blue flagship that we expected of Alcatel's fifth Idol edition, the Idol 5 still manages to hit some high-end targets, with pros like a 13-megapixel camera interpolated to 16 megapixels headlining its specs. Its forenamed software-enhanced primary camera is accompanied by both phase-detection and contrast autofocus technologies and it captures FHD-1080p videos at 30 frames per second, the latter being pretty standard in the 2017 market.
Among its other pros and cons are the Idol 5's appreciable 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) 423ppi LTPS display and flash-less 5-megapixel selfie cam interpolated to 8 megapixels equipped with its own frontal LED flash . Inside the engine room sits a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 eight-core processor aided by 3GB of RAM (pretty common among middle-class devices) and a 450MHz ARM Mali-T720 MP3 graphics processor . Sadly, its 2800mAh battery just barely misses our 3000mAh sweet spot for mid-end smartphones, though it's not as bad as those of some older Alcatel models, which sink below the 2500mAh mark.
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Compared to many of its mid-range rivals, the Alcatel Idol 5 sounds quite sturdy, with damage-resistant 2.5D glass panels covering both its front and back ends as well as a diamond-cut matte aluminum housing holding all its pros and cons in place. Its perks also include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner , which can be used to unlock the device or to launch its private mode function. Also on board is the App Cloner , which basically lets you switch back and forth between two social media or messaging accounts without having to log one or the other out. This is accompanied by an unassuming 16GB internal memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB.
Its remaining features include standard 4G LTE connectivity of up to 150Mbps , a secondary nano SIM card slot , and a choice between a Metal Silver or a Metal Black finish. The Idol 5 also introduces Alcatel's Joy UI, which is its self-branded overlay for the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.
Summing up, although it keeps Alcatel's Idol series within the middle-class smartphone market, the Idol 5 sounds like a decent choice for those looking for relatively-competitive imaging capabilities bundled with octa-core processing.
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