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Alcatel Idol 5

Specifications

Alcatel Idol 5
Alcatel Idol 5 (Idol Series)
Processor
Mediatek MT6753
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 424 PPI, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
Connections
Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.5 x 148 x 73 ( = 0.3 x 5.83 x 2.87 in)
Battery
2800 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Weight
155 g ( = 5.47 oz / 0.34 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

Average Score: 77.5% - good
Average of 6 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: 84%, performance: 60%, features: 80%, display: 70% mobility: 65%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 100%, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Alcatel Idol 5

Alcatel IDOL 5 Review
Source: G Style Magazine English
Alcatel seems to have the mid-range game down and the IDOL 5 continues to show that. For $200 you are getting a smartphone that feels well crafted and not cheap. It has great sounding dual speakers; natural feeling display and quick charging for battery life. It would have been nice to put a fingerprint sensor on their though some phones in its range from Motorola incorporating it into there’s. The VR isn’t a bad add-on for $49.99 if you are curious to get into that arena. For Cricket Wireless list of phones, it wouldn’t be a bad device to pickup out of their lineup.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2017
80% Cricket Alcatel Idol 5 review: Solid mid-ranger with modern features for $200
Source: Zdnet.com English
These mid-range Android phones have come a long way and you get a decent experience without all of the frustrations we have seen with them in the past. In the age of $1,000 flagships, it's tough to justify paying five times the price of a solid smartphone that provides a similar application and functional experience.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
65% Alcatel Idol 5 Review
Source: Phone Arena English
Honestly, it's a tossup because the Idol 5 is indeed VR ready from the get-go, offers an atypical premium design for its category, and customizations to the software that help to make it even more useful than stock. Still, it's not without its faults, as the camera really fails to make an impression. If that's not high on your priority list, then that shouldn't be an issue. But then again, this seems more like another middle-of-the-road option for those on a budget. There's nothing fanciful about it that we haven't seen before.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 65%
80% Alcatel Idol 5
Source: PC Mag English
The Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket has an attractive design, solid specs, and pairs with an optional companion headset to deliver an affordable VR experience.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Alcatel Idol 5 review: One of Cricket's best
Source: Android Central English
Alcatel's Idol 5 has a lot of good things going for it, and it comes in at a price point that's accessible to a wide array of different people – as long as you're on Cricket. The phone is an exclusive to the AT&T-powered MVNO, and if you're already on the network, it's a great buy. The addition of front-facing speakers and NFC are two items that are rarely seen in this price range, and while I wouldn't necessarily say they're worth leaving your current carrier over, we are really glad to see them present on the Idol 5.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2017
Alcatel Idol 5
Source: PC Mag English
The Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket has an attractive design, solid specs, and pairs with an optional companion headset to deliver an affordable VR experience.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/28/2017
Hands on: Alcatel Idol 5 review
Source: Techradar English
The Idol 5 doesn’t offer anything astonishingly different to other budget handsets in terms of design, but its unique dual social account feature and creative video and photo techniques may help it stand out for the social media minded.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/31/2017

Foreign Reviews

90% Alcatel Idol 5
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/29/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 92% performance: 60% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 100%
90% Alcatel Idol 5
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 91%
60% Análisis del Alcatel Idol 5
Source: Movil Zona Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2017
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% performance: 60% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
Alcatel Idol 5 Hands-On: Ritorno Alle Origini
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Stylish design; solid workmanship; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2017
Prise En Main De L'Alcatel Idol 5 : Le Retour Aux Sources
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Positive: Good price; elegant design; great built quality; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/01/2017

Comment

ARM Mali-T720 MP4: Integrated graphics card with four clusters clocked at up to 600 MHz. The chip supports OpenGL ES 3.1 and is typically produced in 28nm. These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
MT6753: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5.2":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.155 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Alcatel:

The former French manufacturer of telecommunication equipment merged to Alcatel-Lucent in 2006. Several business segments were sold to other companies, so the Alcatel brand is now used by various companies. The Chinese company TCL uses the brand names "Alcatel One Touch" and "Alcatel Idol" for smartphones and tablets.

The market share in the smartphone + tablet segment is very small, but there are quite some recent reviews in different languages. The ratings are average (as of 2016).


77.5%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2017-09-22)