Dual camera trend
Alcatel unveiled its Flash phone recently, which is not be to confused with the Alcatel Flash iteration that came out in 2014 that was then succeeded by the Flash 2 that came out the following year.
Taking the dual camera feature a notch higher, the Alcatel Flash comes with two on the back and two at the front. The rear ones are 13 MP, one monochrome and the other is RGB. The ones at the front use a Sony IMX258 which is the same sensor as the one for the LG G6. These are behind f/2.0 lenses.
F4 video recorded is supported, though, it is not yet clear whether both of the cameras will be able to do this. The front has a modest setup which is an 8MP camera and a supplementary 5MP one which allows for depth of focus effects.
Dual camera trend
Smartphones that have dual cameras are gradually becoming a powerful trend. There have been a lot of upcoming devices with dual rear cameras on the market lately. LG, for example, launched the new G6 smartphone which also comes with dual rear cameras just like the previous iteration; the LG G5.
Smartphones that have front facing cameras are widely available at present including the Vivo V5 Plus. It should not be surprising that Alcatel is pushing a smartphone with four cameras into the market.
Though how many cameras does a phone really need? The market has already seen devices with these setups at the rear end. Even Apple came out with the feature on its smartphone lineup for the iPhone 7 Plus. It is going to be interesting to see the way that consumers are going to respond to the feature in the coming quarters.
The display comes with a 5.5 inch FullHD IPS unit, just to show the cameras are not the only ace the Alcatel has up its sleeve. The RAM is set to be 3GB, and it comes with an internal storage capacity of 32 GB which can be expanded to 128 GB. However, the 3100mAh battery is a red flag for this set up which is powered by the Helio X20 processor.
The smartphone is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor at the back which is the usual position for Alcatel phones. The other downside apart from the battery is it would be running on Android 6.0 marshmallow out of the box which is an antiquated version considering the preview builds of Android O are already out in the market.
The device has the usual goodies including USB-C port, dual SIM support which alludes to the suggestion that everything comes dual on the Alcatel Flash. There is also GLONASS and Beidou for positioning.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, and Wi-Fi display, Bluetooth 4.1, FM Radio, USB OTG and the aforementioned USB-C. There are no mentions of a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. When it comes to sensors, apart from the fingerprint detection setup, there is an accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and gyroscope as well as, digital compass.
Apart from that, Alcatel has not yet revealed pricing or availability of the device.