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Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/13/2016

High contrast. Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S "flagship" handset of the Pop 4 lineup is all set to run through our test course. The affordable mid-range smartphone offers an interesting technical configuration in conjunction with a very high-contrast IPS screen. However, its system performance cannot compete with equally priced mid-range smartphones.

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The Chinese manufacturer TCL introduced its new product lineup, situated in the entry-level to medium price range, at this year's Mobile Work Congress 2016 in Barcelona. Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4 series includes three handsets, the Pop 4S as the premium model of the trio.

The technical configuration is also mostly on par with other devices in this price range: MediaTek's octa-core SoC, 5.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1929x1080 pixels, 13 MP primary camera, 2 GB of RAM, and an expandable 16 GB of internal storage. However, special focus has been placed on the sound of the dual-SIM handset. The speaker system installed in Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S comes from JBL and promises a decent sound with an output of 3.6 watts.

The Chinese manufacturer TCL has set a recommended price of around 200 Euros (~$212) for its Pop 4S premium model. Therefore, the affordable mid-range handset finds itself in a highly competitive smartphone sector and the list of rivals is correspondingly long. We use the comparison rates of the UMi Super (Euro edition), the Lenovo Moto G4 Play, the ZTE Blade V7, the UMi Max, the Honor 5C, the Vernee Mars, and the Acer Liquid Zest Plus for this report.

Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S (One Touch Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 401 PPI, capacitive, multitouch, LCD, IPS, Full Lamination, Oleophobic coating, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.38 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD (max 64 GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Hall switch, gyroscope, Miracast, USB-OTG
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 (900/1900 for 5095S) UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 (B900/1900 for 5095S) FDD LTE B2/3/4/5/7/17/27/28 (B7/28 full for 5095S), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8 x 152 x 77 ( = 0.31 x 5.98 x 3.03 in)
Battery
2960 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Phase detection autofocus 0.3s, Sensor size 1/3.06, aperture f/2.0
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix wide-viewing angle (84.4°) front flash
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB cable, modular power supply, Alcatel OS, 24 Months Warranty, SAR rate: 1.1 (body), fanless
Weight
150 g ( = 5.29 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 28 g ( = 0.99 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
200 Euro

 

Case

The plastic casing of Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S is available in five colors including black, red, and green. The buyer can choose either a white or black front. With external dimensions of 152 x 77 millimeters (~6 x 3in) and an average screen-surface ratio of 71.3 percent, the Pop 4S is not one of the most compact devices on the market.

The volume and power controls on the casing's right are well made and hardly wobble. The pressure points are also well defined. However, we did not like their positioning that much. The power button is difficult to reach even for big hands. The physical home button below the screen juts out slightly, and unlike the other buttons, its pressure point is quite spongy.

The casing stability makes an overall good impression, although the plastic reduces the quality feel to some extent. Furthermore, the handset sometimes makes very audible cracking noises as soon as it is picked up. The battery cannot be removed despite the removable back cover.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The internal eMMC storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (max. 64 GB) has a rest capacity of approximately 10.4 GB (ROM) after deducting the operating system. The microSD can be incorporated into the internal storage via formatting, and compatible apps can be moved to the memory card (App2SD).

The 2960 mAh battery is recharged via the micro-USB port on the smartphone's lower edge. Peripherals, such as USB flash drives or external keyboards, can also be connected to it via an OTG adapter (on-the-go). Wi-Fi Direct and Miracast are present for wireless transmission of image contents. Furthermore, a fingerprint scanner and FM radio are installed.

Software

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the security patch from May 2016. It has not yet been stated whether it will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat. Compared with Vanilla Android, the looks of the manufacturer's user interface have been modified only slightly. Also, hardly any bloatware has been installed.

Communication and GPS

The One Touch Pop 4S has Bluetooth version 4.2 and an NFC chip (near-field communication) for wireless communication. In addition, the Wi-Fi standards 802.11 b/g/n are present.

The reception quality of the integrated Wi-Fi module is average - the attenuation directly beside the router (Telekom Speedport W921V) is -40 dBm. The average transmission rates to the reference router at a distance of one meter (~3ft) is on a good level for the price range with 94 MBit/s (transmit) and 93 MBit/s (receive).

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S uses LTE Cat.6 (300 MBit/s downstream, 50 MBit/s upstream) for connecting to the mobile Internet. All LTE bands important for Germany are thus supported. The dual-SIM smartphone has two slots for a nano-SIM and a micro-SIM card. Neither SIM card slot throttles to GSM speeds.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
UMI Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 16 GB eMMC Flash
103 MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 16 GB eMMC Flash
92.9 MBit/s ∼90%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
UMI Max
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 16 GB eMMC Flash
98.8 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 16 GB eMMC Flash
94.1 MBit/s ∼95%
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Moto Z
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
491 MBit/s ∼100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
109 MBit/s ∼22%
Vernee Mars
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
81.1 MBit/s ∼17%
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
49.8 MBit/s ∼10%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
47.6 MBit/s ∼10%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.6 MBit/s ∼9%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Lenovo Moto Z
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
360 MBit/s ∼100%
UMI Super Euro Edition
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼30%
Honor 5C
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 650, 16 GB eMMC Flash
58.3 MBit/s ∼16%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50 MBit/s ∼14%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
Adreno 306, 410 APQ8016, 16 GB eMMC Flash
46.7 MBit/s ∼13%
Vernee Mars
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
38.9 MBit/s ∼11%
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors

A bit of patience is needed for outdoor tracking. Although the integrated GPS module finds the current position reliably, it is anything but fast. Its accuracy is approximately 4 meters (~13 ft). Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S does not do a particularly good job in terms of our practical test where we record a route using both the GPS module in the mid-range smartphone and Garmin's Edge 500 GPS bike computer. It presents a high deviation of 470 meters (~0.3 mi) over the total route.

GPS test Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
GPS test Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
GPS test Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and Call Quality

Phone app
Keypad

In our opinion, both the intelligibility and maximum volume were satisfactory in our test calls using the Vodafone network. The earpiece transmits voices with only little distortion and is mostly clear. Our contact also described the quality of the installed microphone as quite clear.

The phone app largely corresponds to Google's standard phone app in Android 6 design.

Cameras

Front-facing camera
13-MP primary camera

The handset's rear-facing 13-MP primary camera has a resolution of 4224x3136 pixels in the 4:3 aspect ratio. The camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and a phase-detection autofocus that focuses within 0.3 seconds, according to the manufacturer.

The photo quality is at a good level for a device from this price range. However, the photos often suffer from a moderate image sharpness and colors look rather pale. When the light conditions worsen, the camera module produces a lot of distortions and image noise. Both are very common in this price range.

The 84.4 ° wide-angle front-facing camera has a resolution of 8 MP. Unlike most smartphones, Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S has an LED flash on the front. Dark photo scenes benefit greatly from this additional light source, but image noise is nevertheless present. The camera module produces good quality photos in good light conditions. However, they sometimes display a visible bluish tint.

Videos can be recorded at up to 1080p at 30 FPS. The recording quality decreases to 720p at 30 FPS when using the front-facing 8-MP camera.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories and Warranty

A modular, 5-watt charger (5V, 1A), USB cable, headset, and the usual brochures are included.

According to the warranty card, the manufacturer includes a 12-month warranty from the date of purchase. In addition to the manufacturer's warranty, a 24-month warranty also applies to the product as long as damage has not been caused by the end-user.

Input Devices and Handling

The capacitive 5-finger multi-touchscreen responds quickly and reliably up into the peripheral areas. Furthermore, the glass surface has good gliding properties.

The smartphone is controlled via two touch-sensitive buttons below the screen and a physical home button in Samsung style. An integrated fingerprint scanner in the home button is active when the device is on standby. However, the detection speed is not particularly good, and the finger often has to be placed on the sensor again before it is identified.

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S uses the onscreen keyboard by the third-party supplier SwiftKey for text inputting.

Keyboard layout, portrait mode
Keyboard layout, portrait mode
Keyboard layout, landscape mode

Display

Subpixel grid

The IPS panel has a diagonal of approximately 14 centimeters (5.5 inches), and a Full HD resolution (1920x1080 pixels), which results in a pixel density of roughly 401 PPI. This is more than sufficient for everyday use.

The LCD screen achieves a maximum brightness of 460 cd/m² in our brightness measurements. In conjunction with the very good black level of 0.1 cd/m², the handset offers a contrast ratio of 4450:1. We measure a brightness of just 207 cd/m² in our measurement using equally distributed bright and dark areas (APL50) - a very low rate. This quickly exhausts the maximum brightness in everyday use. Furthermore, the contrast ratio drops to 2070:1 at a stable black level of 0.1 cd/m².

387
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
394
cd/m²
445
cd/m²
447
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
460
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 460 cd/m² Average: 423.9 cd/m² Minimum: 16.02 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 445 cd/m²
Contrast: 4450:1 (Black: 0.1 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.8 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 10 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
Gamma: 2.87
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Vernee Mars
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Honor 5C
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
ZTE Blade V7
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
UMI Max
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
UMI Super Euro Edition
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Lenovo Moto Z
AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
Screen
-5%
-40%
-45%
-9%
-13%
-32%
-34%
43%
Brightness middle
445
345
-22%
515
16%
409
-8%
522
17%
418
-6%
414
-7%
412
-7%
485
9%
Brightness
424
339
-20%
498
17%
411
-3%
498
17%
410
-3%
420
-1%
414
-2%
490
16%
Brightness Distribution
84
85
1%
93
11%
96
14%
86
2%
85
1%
94
12%
94
12%
92
10%
Black Level *
0.1
0.14
-40%
0.49
-390%
0.38
-280%
0.23
-130%
0.31
-210%
0.33
-230%
0.42
-320%
Contrast
4450
2464
-45%
1051
-76%
1076
-76%
2270
-49%
1348
-70%
1255
-72%
981
-78%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.8
7.1
28%
6.2
37%
9.4
4%
6.9
30%
4.4
55%
8.1
17%
5.6
43%
2.1
79%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
18.4
13.9
24%
11.4
38%
17.6
4%
12.3
33%
6.5
65%
13.8
25%
9.7
47%
5.5
70%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10
6.7
33%
7.4
26%
11.6
-16%
9.2
8%
3.6
64%
9.6
4%
6.9
31%
2.6
74%
Gamma
2.87 84%
2.47 97%
2.28 105%
2.25 107%
2.38 101%
2.36 102%
2 120%
2.4 100%
2.23 108%
CCT
7990 81%
7711 84%
8664 75%
9597 68%
8687 75%
6993 93%
7754 84%
8422 77%
6843 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88.14
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10727 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

The average DeltaE shift of 9.8 (colors) and 10 (grayscale) to the sRGB color space is very high. The measured color temperature of 7990 Kelvin is also too cool, which leads to a slightly visible bluish tint in practice.

CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Colorspace (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
36 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 27 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
88 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 40 ms rise
↘ 48 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 99 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.6 ms).

The outdoor legibility is quite limited due to the very low brightness in routine use - especially in direct sunlight. Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S does a good job in terms of viewing angle stability: colors hardly invert and the reproduction barely changes in flat viewing angles thanks to the IPS panel. We did not observe any prominent clouding.

Shade
Sun
Viewing angles

Performance

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S is powered by MediaTek's mid-range SoC (system on a chip) from 2015 that is supported by 2 GB of RAM. The MT6755 Helio P10 is built in the 28-nanometer process and has eight CPU cores based on the 64-bit capable Cortex A53 architecture.

The mid-range handset is mostly on par with the Helio P10 based comparison devices and the marginally stronger Honor 5C equipped with the company's own HiSilicon Kirin 650 in the synthetic GPU and processor benchmarks. The computing power is sufficient for routine use, but the subjective system performance and browser speed are worse than that of direct rivals.

The relatively long loading times when opening and closing apps reduce the work speed slightly, even when they have been cached. The flash memory's slow access times seem to have a negative impact on performance. The read and write speed measured from the internal eMMC storage is not particularly high with 144 MB/s (read) and just 12 MB/s (write). The same is true for the microSD slot's access time that we measured using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 reference card (max. 95 MB per second in read and max. 80 MB per second in write).

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
12.54 MB/s ∼14%
Vernee Mars
24 MB/s ∼28% +91%
Honor 5C
24.21 MB/s ∼28% +93%
ZTE Blade V7
20.89 MB/s ∼24% +67%
UMI Max
18.07 MB/s ∼21% +44%
UMI Super Euro Edition
17.88 MB/s ∼21% +43%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
16.17 MB/s ∼19% +29%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
51.1 MB/s ∼59% +307%
Lenovo Moto Z
45.64 MB/s ∼52% +264%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
16.32 MB/s ∼17%
Vernee Mars
44.5 MB/s ∼46% +173%
Honor 5C
51.93 MB/s ∼54% +218%
ZTE Blade V7
43.67 MB/s ∼45% +168%
UMI Max
36.64 MB/s ∼38% +125%
UMI Super Euro Edition
36.22 MB/s ∼38% +122%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
27.68 MB/s ∼29% +70%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
65.5 MB/s ∼68% +301%
Lenovo Moto Z
78.51 MB/s ∼81% +381%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
4.67 MB/s ∼3%
Vernee Mars
15.77 MB/s ∼10% +238%
Honor 5C
15.7 MB/s ∼10% +236%
ZTE Blade V7
7.58 MB/s ∼5% +62%
UMI Max
10.91 MB/s ∼7% +134%
UMI Super Euro Edition
11.88 MB/s ∼7% +154%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
7.95 MB/s ∼5% +70%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
28.31 MB/s ∼17% +506%
Lenovo Moto Z
74.93 MB/s ∼46% +1504%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
16.68 MB/s ∼10%
Vernee Mars
21.66 MB/s ∼13% +30%
Honor 5C
61.7 MB/s ∼36% +270%
ZTE Blade V7
28.07 MB/s ∼16% +68%
UMI Max
26.66 MB/s ∼15% +60%
UMI Super Euro Edition
28.17 MB/s ∼16% +69%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
20.25 MB/s ∼12% +21%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
17.9 MB/s ∼10% +7%
Lenovo Moto Z
117.15 MB/s ∼68% +602%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
12.19 MB/s ∼6%
Vernee Mars
71.58 MB/s ∼33% +487%
Honor 5C
75.5 MB/s ∼35% +519%
ZTE Blade V7
39.45 MB/s ∼18% +224%
UMI Max
69.5 MB/s ∼32% +470%
UMI Super Euro Edition
126.95 MB/s ∼59% +941%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
39.51 MB/s ∼18% +224%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
43.95 MB/s ∼20% +261%
Lenovo Moto Z
168.32 MB/s ∼78% +1281%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
143.74 MB/s ∼17%
Vernee Mars
255.87 MB/s ∼31% +78%
Honor 5C
263 MB/s ∼32% +83%
ZTE Blade V7
196.76 MB/s ∼24% +37%
UMI Max
257.9 MB/s ∼31% +79%
UMI Super Euro Edition
257.8 MB/s ∼31% +79%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
178.65 MB/s ∼21% +24%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
144.12 MB/s ∼17% 0%
Lenovo Moto Z
439.66 MB/s ∼53% +206%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
44326 Points ∼19%
Vernee Mars
51008 Points ∼22% +15%
Honor 5C
53143 Points ∼23% +20%
ZTE Blade V7
37070 Points ∼16% -16%
UMI Max
49057 Points ∼21% +11%
UMI Super Euro Edition
50072 Points ∼22% +13%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
30676 Points ∼13% -31%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
28399 Points ∼12% -36%
Lenovo Moto Z
129197 Points ∼56% +191%
Geekbench 3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 5C
3914 Points ∼10%
ZTE Blade V7
2669 Points ∼7%
Lenovo Moto Z
5450 Points ∼14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 5C
906 Points ∼18%
ZTE Blade V7
614 Points ∼12%
Lenovo Moto Z
2080 Points ∼42%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
2798 Points ∼10%
Vernee Mars
2903 Points ∼11% +4%
UMI Max
2701 Points ∼10% -3%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2818 Points ∼10% +1%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
1588 Points ∼6% -43%
Lenovo Moto Z
3946 Points ∼14% +41%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
733 Points ∼13%
Vernee Mars
729 Points ∼13% -1%
UMI Max
734 Points ∼13% 0%
UMI Super Euro Edition
727 Points ∼13% -1%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
572 Points ∼10% -22%
Lenovo Moto Z
1480 Points ∼26% +102%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
1273 Points ∼35%
Vernee Mars
1338 Points ∼36% +5%
Honor 5C
1418 Points ∼39% +11%
ZTE Blade V7
914 Points ∼25% -28%
UMI Max
1247 Points ∼34% -2%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1117 Points ∼30% -12%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
882 Points ∼24% -31%
Lenovo Moto Z
1797 Points ∼49% +41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
269 Points ∼5%
Vernee Mars
356 Points ∼7% +32%
Honor 5C
317 Points ∼6% +18%
ZTE Blade V7
159 Points ∼3% -41%
UMI Max
354 Points ∼7% +32%
UMI Super Euro Edition
350 Points ∼7% +30%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
102 Points ∼2% -62%
Lenovo Moto Z
2336 Points ∼43% +768%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
326 Points ∼7%
Vernee Mars
425 Points ∼9% +30%
Honor 5C
383 Points ∼8% +17%
ZTE Blade V7
195 Points ∼4% -40%
UMI Max
421 Points ∼9% +29%
UMI Super Euro Edition
413 Points ∼9% +27%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
127 Points ∼3% -61%
Lenovo Moto Z
2190 Points ∼46% +572%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
1293 Points ∼36%
Vernee Mars
1100 Points ∼30% -15%
Honor 5C
1418 Points ∼39% +10%
ZTE Blade V7
944 Points ∼26% -27%
UMI Max
1239 Points ∼34% -4%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1144 Points ∼31% -12%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
831 Points ∼23% -36%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
716 Points ∼20% -45%
Lenovo Moto Z
1828 Points ∼50% +41%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
419 Points ∼5%
Vernee Mars
523 Points ∼6% +25%
Honor 5C
480 Points ∼6% +15%
ZTE Blade V7
245 Points ∼3% -42%
UMI Max
521 Points ∼6% +24%
UMI Super Euro Edition
523 Points ∼6% +25%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
172 Points ∼2% -59%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
42 Points ∼1% -90%
Lenovo Moto Z
3718 Points ∼45% +787%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
490 Points ∼8%
Vernee Mars
602 Points ∼9% +23%
Honor 5C
563 Points ∼9% +15%
ZTE Blade V7
293 Points ∼5% -40%
UMI Max
598 Points ∼9% +22%
UMI Super Euro Edition
595 Points ∼9% +21%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
209 Points ∼3% -57%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
53 Points ∼1% -89%
Lenovo Moto Z
3023 Points ∼47% +517%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
11973 Points ∼15%
Vernee Mars
10762 Points ∼14% -10%
Honor 5C
13588 Points ∼17% +13%
ZTE Blade V7
10430 Points ∼13% -13%
UMI Max
12239 Points ∼15% +2%
UMI Super Euro Edition
11654 Points ∼15% -3%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
9768 Points ∼12% -18%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
9256 Points ∼12% -23%
Lenovo Moto Z
20948 Points ∼27% +75%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
8718 Points ∼2%
Vernee Mars
10685 Points ∼2% +23%
Honor 5C
11319 Points ∼2% +30%
ZTE Blade V7
6170 Points ∼1% -29%
UMI Max
10612 Points ∼2% +22%
UMI Super Euro Edition
10567 Points ∼2% +21%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
4333 Points ∼1% -50%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
3858 Points ∼1% -56%
Lenovo Moto Z
26659 Points ∼6% +206%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
9279 Points ∼4%
Vernee Mars
10702 Points ∼5% +15%
Honor 5C
11755 Points ∼6% +27%
ZTE Blade V7
6786 Points ∼3% -27%
UMI Max
10942 Points ∼5% +18%
UMI Super Euro Edition
10791 Points ∼5% +16%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
4944 Points ∼2% -47%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
4432 Points ∼2% -52%
Lenovo Moto Z
25135 Points ∼12% +171%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
14 fps ∼1%
Vernee Mars
17 fps ∼1% +21%
Honor 5C
19 fps ∼1% +36%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼1% -14%
UMI Max
17 fps ∼1% +21%
UMI Super Euro Edition
17 fps ∼1% +21%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
14 fps ∼1% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
5.2 fps ∼0% -63%
Lenovo Moto Z
77 fps ∼4% +450%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
14 fps ∼3%
Vernee Mars
18 fps ∼4% +29%
Honor 5C
20 fps ∼4% +43%
ZTE Blade V7
12 fps ∼3% -14%
UMI Max
17 fps ∼4% +21%
UMI Super Euro Edition
18 fps ∼4% +29%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
8.4 fps ∼2% -40%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
9.6 fps ∼2% -31%
Lenovo Moto Z
53 fps ∼12% +279%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
5.5 fps ∼1%
Vernee Mars
7.1 fps ∼1% +29%
Honor 5C
7.9 fps ∼1% +44%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼1% -18%
UMI Max
7.1 fps ∼1% +29%
UMI Super Euro Edition
7.1 fps ∼1% +29%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
6 fps ∼1% +9%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
1.8 fps ∼0% -67%
Lenovo Moto Z
41 fps ∼7% +645%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
5.5 fps ∼2%
Vernee Mars
7.6 fps ∼2% +38%
Honor 5C
8.4 fps ∼2% +53%
ZTE Blade V7
4.5 fps ∼1% -18%
UMI Max
7.1 fps ∼2% +29%
UMI Super Euro Edition
7.5 fps ∼2% +36%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
3 fps ∼1% -45%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
4.1 fps ∼1% -25%
Lenovo Moto Z
26 fps ∼7% +373%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
3.6 fps ∼1%
Vernee Mars
4.8 fps ∼1% +33%
Honor 5C
4.5 fps ∼1% +25%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼1% -19%
UMI Max
4.7 fps ∼1% +31%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4.7 fps ∼1% +31%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
4.4 fps ∼1% +22%
Lenovo Moto Z
27 fps ∼5% +650%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
3.6 fps ∼2%
Vernee Mars
5.1 fps ∼3% +42%
Honor 5C
4.9 fps ∼3% +36%
ZTE Blade V7
2.9 fps ∼2% -19%
UMI Max
4.7 fps ∼3% +31%
UMI Super Euro Edition
5.1 fps ∼3% +42%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
1.9 fps ∼1% -47%
Lenovo Moto Z
15 fps ∼9% +317%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
1.9 fps ∼0%
Vernee Mars
2.5 fps ∼1% +32%
Honor 5C
2.9 fps ∼1% +53%
UMI Max
2.5 fps ∼1% +32%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2.5 fps ∼1% +32%
Lenovo Moto Z
16 fps ∼4% +742%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
1.9 fps ∼2%
Vernee Mars
2.7 fps ∼2% +42%
Honor 5C
2.8 fps ∼2% +47%
UMI Max
2.5 fps ∼2% +32%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2.6 fps ∼2% +37%
Lenovo Moto Z
9.8 fps ∼8% +416%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
4036 Points ∼39%
Vernee Mars
4554 Points ∼44% +13%
Honor 5C
5120 Points ∼50% +27%
ZTE Blade V7
3947 Points ∼38% -2%
UMI Max
4485 Points ∼44% +11%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4596 Points ∼45% +14%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
3813 Points ∼37% -6%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
4283 Points ∼42% +6%
Lenovo Moto Z
7637 Points ∼74% +89%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
10 Points ∼1%
Vernee Mars
10 Points ∼1% 0%
Honor 5C
707 Points ∼42% +6970%
ZTE Blade V7
10 Points ∼1% 0%
UMI Max
10 Points ∼1% 0%
UMI Super Euro Edition
771 Points ∼45% +7610%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
10 Points ∼1% 0%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
551 Points ∼32% +5410%
Lenovo Moto Z
959 Points ∼57% +9490%
Graphics (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
507 Points ∼5%
Vernee Mars
665 Points ∼7% +31%
Honor 5C
814 Points ∼9% +61%
ZTE Blade V7
430 Points ∼5% -15%
UMI Max
666 Points ∼7% +31%
UMI Super Euro Edition
666 Points ∼7% +31%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
286 Points ∼3% -44%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
313 Points ∼3% -38%
Lenovo Moto Z
4321 Points ∼47% +752%
Memory (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
976 Points ∼22%
Vernee Mars
1005 Points ∼23% +3%
Honor 5C
1504 Points ∼34% +54%
ZTE Blade V7
790 Points ∼18% -19%
UMI Max
998 Points ∼23% +2%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1052 Points ∼24% +8%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
450 Points ∼10% -54%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
741 Points ∼17% -24%
Lenovo Moto Z
2190 Points ∼50% +124%
System (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
2141 Points ∼21%
Vernee Mars
2291 Points ∼22% +7%
Honor 5C
2600 Points ∼25% +21%
ZTE Blade V7
1188 Points ∼12% -45%
UMI Max
2123 Points ∼21% -1%
UMI Super Euro Edition
2187 Points ∼21% +2%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
1090 Points ∼11% -49%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
1035 Points ∼10% -52%
Lenovo Moto Z
3398 Points ∼33% +59%
Overall (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
318 Points ∼7%
Vernee Mars
348 Points ∼8% +9%
Honor 5C
1225 Points ∼28% +285%
ZTE Blade V7
249 Points ∼6% -22%
UMI Max
341 Points ∼8% +7%
UMI Super Euro Edition
1043 Points ∼24% +228%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
192 Points ∼4% -40%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
603 Points ∼14% +90%
Lenovo Moto Z
2356 Points ∼55% +641%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
3845 Points ∼8%
Vernee Mars
4073 Points ∼8% +6%
Honor 5C
4188 Points ∼8% +9%
ZTE Blade V7
2689 Points ∼5% -30%
UMI Max
4231 Points ∼9% +10%
UMI Super Euro Edition
4117 Points ∼8% +7%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
2697 Points ∼5% -30%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
2773 Points ∼6% -28%
Lenovo Moto Z
7771 Points ∼16% +102%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
24.997 Points ∼7%
Vernee Mars
27.099 Points ∼8% +8%
Honor 5C
27.934 Points ∼8% +12%
ZTE Blade V7
18.19 Points ∼5% -27%
UMI Max
25.502 Points ∼8% +2%
UMI Super Euro Edition
26.211 Points ∼8% +5%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
18.028 Points ∼5% -28%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
17.094 Points ∼5% -32%
Lenovo Moto Z
47.5 Points ∼14% +90%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
9703.5 ms * ∼16%
Vernee Mars
9376.1 ms * ∼16% +3%
Honor 5C
9111.2 ms * ∼15% +6%
ZTE Blade V7
13761.1 ms * ∼23% -42%
UMI Max
9795.6 ms * ∼16% -1%
UMI Super Euro Edition
9410.2 ms * ∼16% +3%
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
12910 ms * ∼22% -33%
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
12952.9 ms * ∼22% -33%
Lenovo Moto Z
3154.7 ms * ∼5% +67%

Legend

 
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Vernee Mars Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 5C HiSilicon Kirin 650, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade V7 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
UMI Max Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
UMI Super Euro Edition Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Acer Liquid Zest Plus Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto G4 Play Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 APQ8016, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Moto Z Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

Up-to-date games such as "Dead Trigger 2" or "Asphalt Xtreme" do not push the Mali T860 MP2 integrated into the MT6755 Helio P10, to its limit. However, benchmark results of the graphics chip in Sony's Xperia XA sometime present frame rates of below 30 FPS. The integrated position sensors function impeccably and the touchscreen's accuracy is also beyond reproach.

"Asphalt Xtreme"
"Dead Trigger 2"

Emissions

Temperature

The temperature development of Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S is not an issue during everyday use. Although it warms up noticeably, it never gets unpleasantly hot. We measured a maximum idle temperature of 29.4 °C (~85 °F) on the back. The surface temperature climbed to 39.7 °C (~103 °F) in load conditions that we simulated with the Stability Test app (>1 hour).

Max. Load
 38.5 °C38.2 °C36.6 °C 
 39.4 °C35.6 °C35.7 °C 
 38.7 °C35.2 °C34.2 °C 
Maximum: 39.4 °C
Average: 36.9 °C
33.5 °C39.7 °C39.1 °C
33.1 °C35.4 °C36.2 °C
32 °C33.8 °C34.9 °C
Maximum: 39.7 °C
Average: 35.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  33 °C | Room Temperature 21.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-260
The maximum temp on the upper side is 39.4 °C, compared to the average of 35.9 °C ranging from 21.1 °C to 71 °C for class Smartphone.

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test

The mono speaker is situated on the handset's back. It delivers a decent sound for the price range, but as expected, mids and trebles characterize its sound. As the Pink Noise analysis diagram illustrates, basses are virtually absent. Tones from the high-frequency range are reproduced differentiated well and are linear. At a maximum of 85 dB(A), the speaker is also loud enough. Static was not heard while playing music via the integrated speaker.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.12525.432.83125.337.64032.937.95033.641.36331.633.78028.427.91002724.312520.825.91602233.620021.341.725020.85131521.259.640019.463.850019.566.463017.771.380017.972.8100017.876.8125017.377.4160017.478200016.776.1250017.270.3315018.271.3400017.969.4500017.670.2630017.769.8800017.869.71000017.972.41250018.167.91600018.254.1SPL3085.6N1.363.1median 17.9Alcatel One Touch Pop 4Smedian 69.7Delta1.39.333.63732.433.638.339.631.338.33038.431.73031.338.82631.335.840.839.435.831.632.636.231.626.12728.626.127.825.325.427.825.124.221.325.124.225.423.324.222.921.622.522.922.219.222.422.224.619.821.324.631.620.518.431.645.628.917.545.658.441.817.558.467.752.117.267.771.956.316.871.973.457.117.373.472.156.217.472.173.856.416.673.873.957.317.373.97659.217.67676.859.717.676.874.156.717.774.172.153.717.472.17152.517.77174.455.617.974.473.754.718.173.761.542.118.161.585.368.329.885.357.320.51.357.3median 71ZTE Blade V7median 52.5median 17.7median 7117.914.11.617.932.537.232.432.532.733.631.332.723.531.231.723.530.833.52630.841.139.139.441.132.933.436.232.928.930.728.628.926.425.825.426.427.324.821.327.328.325.823.328.332.62422.532.638.624.722.438.646.432.421.346.454.537.518.454.55942.917.55959.549.517.559.562.750.117.262.766.952.516.866.971.155.517.371.175.358.217.475.379.162.916.679.180.463.817.380.479.162.217.679.177.660.117.677.675.357.417.775.374.657.417.474.674.356.517.774.372.354.517.972.364.145.818.164.146.227.918.146.287.971.229.887.964.123.81.364.1median 64.1Honor 5Cmedian 50.1median 17.7median 64.114.612.21.614.6hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.63 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 0.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 47% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 44% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

ZTE Blade V7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.33 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 46.6% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 11% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (12.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 93% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Honor 5C audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 12.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (32.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 87% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 92% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The maximum load power consumption of Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S of 5.4 watts is roughly on par with its rivals. This is also true of the idle power consumption.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.18 / 0.32 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.93 / 1.41 / 2.36 Watt
Load midlight 3.79 / 5.39 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
2960 mAh
Vernee Mars
3000 mAh
Honor 5C
3000 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
UMI Max
4000 mAh
UMI Super Euro Edition
4000 mAh
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
5000 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
2800 mAh
Power Consumption
-10%
-4%
18%
16%
-23%
0%
17%
Idle Minimum *
0.93
1.02
-10%
0.89
4%
0.73
22%
1.02
-10%
0.84
10%
0.83
11%
0.68
27%
Idle Average *
1.41
1.69
-20%
2.07
-47%
0.92
35%
1.53
-9%
1.94
-38%
2.06
-46%
1.58
-12%
Idle Maximum *
2.36
1.82
23%
2.15
9%
0.93
61%
1.62
31%
2.07
12%
2.08
12%
1.61
32%
Load Average *
3.79
4.39
-16%
3.46
9%
4.47
-18%
2.91
23%
5.88
-55%
3.53
7%
3.36
11%
Load Maximum *
5.39
6.79
-26%
5.18
4%
5.96
-11%
2.93
46%
7.67
-42%
4.49
17%
3.91
27%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S achieved a good battery life of 8 hours and 51 minutes in our Wi-Fi test using a screen brightness set to 150 cd/m². However, some rivals manage a longer runtime.

Our review sample needed about twice as long (3 hours) than the manufacturer states (100 minutes) to fully recharge a completely depleted battery.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 51min
Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S
2960 mAh
Vernee Mars
3000 mAh
Honor 5C
3000 mAh
ZTE Blade V7
2540 mAh
UMI Max
4000 mAh
UMI Super Euro Edition
4000 mAh
Acer Liquid Zest Plus
5000 mAh
Lenovo Moto G4 Play
2800 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
531
427
-20%
584
10%
519
-2%
588
11%
638
20%
815
53%
630
19%

Pros

+ decent battery life
+ high-contrast IPS panel
+ 1080p resolution
+ dual-SIM + SD card slot
+ speaker

Cons

- casing quality
- screen brightness
- GPS module
- performance could be better
- slow eMMC storage
- 2 GB RAM only

Verdict

In review: Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S. Review sample courtesy of Alcatel Germany.

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S is a nicely built, affordable mid-range device with decent configuration. We particularly liked the speaker that is one of the best in this price range. Overall, Alcatel's smartphone is not completely convincing due to shortcomings in everyday use.

Most physical controls are well made, but their positioning (power button) is awkward to use with one hand. The IPS panel features high-resolution, is also very bright and high-contrast - but only on a pure white background. The screen brightness is clearly lower in practice, making it sometimes necessary to use the LCD's maximum brightness indoors - its high-contrast is maintained, though. Although the performance of MediaTek's SoC is largely appealing in the benchmarks, its subjective system performance is not on par with the rivals. Unlocking the device via biometric fingerprint authentication could also be a nice feature, but the relatively poor identification rate of the fingerprint scanner in Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S does not provide a real added value in everyday use.

Alcatel's One Touch Pop 4S is a solid mid-range smartphone that has not been thought out thoroughly in some respects.

Alcatel One Touch Pop 4S - 12/05/2016 v5.1
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
77%
Keyboard
61 / 75 → 82%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
40 / 60 → 66%
Weight
92%
Battery
91%
Display
81%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 31%
Application Performance
35 / 70 → 49%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
65 / 91 → 71%
Camera
65%
Average
70%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-12-13 (Update: 2018-05-15)