Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 1080P@30fps
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Alcatel 7
Source: Tom's Guide Archive.org version
Alcatel's latest budget offering doesn't have the design or performance to take on the best budget phones.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Guys Archive.org version
The Alcatel 7 is a sold budget option. If you're looking to pick up a first device for a child or parent, this could be a great option. We'd warn anyone who is used to a flagship experience away from it, but there is a lot to like here. Battery life and display quality are top notch.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2018
Rating: Total score: 66% price: 90% performance: 50% mobility: 90% workmanship: 60%
Model: The Alcatel 7 is the newest "flagship" device of the brand. This isn’t a flagship in the current smartphone scene, but it is the best and most expensive phone Alcatel released in 2018. To start with, the Alcatel 7 is built reasonably well. The back, sides, and buttons are all plastic, while the front is Ashai-made glass. That being said, it's not a cheap-feeling phone and there is no flex or creaking. The plastic build makes the phone rather light, at just 175 g (6.17 oz / 0.4 pounds). However, the glossy plastic back is by far the worst part of this phone. It will always be covered in fingerprints and smudges, no matter how often user wash their hands. On the front is the Alcatel 7's main attraction, which is a 6-inch 2,180 x 1,080 LCD, with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Alcatel 7's 6-inch LCD display isn't anything special, but it gets the job done. These days, even the cheapest phones have decent screens, and this handset is yet more proof of that. The resolution is perfect and the colors are good. The screen gets very bright outdoors and is very usable on all but the brightest of days. The camera is a dual 12 MP f/2.2 + 2 MP f/2.4 affair. It can record up to 1080p video at 30 fps, but that’s about it. It is flanked by a dual LED flash that does a pretty respectable job of lighting up a room. Most people aren’t going to expect a camera experience that rivals a Samsung flagship on a budget device, but it still gets the job done.
The Alcatel 7 is a budget device through and through. It features a MediaTek Helio P23 SoC clocked at 2.5 GHz. The octa-core chip is not the fastest or most powerful out there and it shows in the day-to-day performance of the Alcatel 7. The Alcatel 7 features just 2 GB of RAM, which makes the performance somewhat disappointing. There is 32 GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards up to 128 GB. If the Alcatel 7 has one saving grace, it's the phone's battery life. The handset's sizable 4,000 mAh battery is quite generous for the phone's low price. This handset far exceeds the smartphone average of 9 hours and 48 minutes. As for software, this phone is running a mostly-stock build of Android 8.1 Oreo. The only major tweaks to the system applications is the calculator app, which has currency conversions and there are custom gallery and file manager apps, and so on. The left side of the phone has the microSD/SIM card tray, and the right has buttons for power and volume. On the bottom is a USB Type-C connector, which is still a rarity on budget phones. On the top is a headphone jack. As a conclusion, if users are looking to pick this device up for their kids as their first device, they probably aren’t going to hear much complaining. But, if a user is used to higher-end devices, they will probably be frustrated here.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
ARM Mali-G71 MP2: Integrated GPU that can be found e.g. in the Mediatek Helio P23 SoC with 700 or 770 MHz clock speed. Supports OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 11 FL11_1 and RenderScript.
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
Helio P23 MT6763T: ARM-based octa core SoC (4x Cortex-A53 1.65 GHz for power efficiency and 4x Cortex-A53 at 2.3-2.5 GHz) for smartphones and tablets.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Alcatel is a French telecommunications company originally founded in 1898. The company specializes in the design and manufacture of cell phones, fixed-line phones, networking and communications solutions, and other telecommunications products. Alcatel is headquartered in Paris, France, and operates worldwide.
The telecommunications equipment manufacturer merged in 2006 to form Alcatel-Lucent. Various business units were sold to other companies, so the Alcatel brand name is used by different companies nowadays. The brand names "Alcatel One Touch" and "Alcatel Idol" are used by the Chinese company TCL for smartphones and tablets.
73%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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