TCL-owned smartphone maker Alcatel announced three new smartphones at the Mobile World Congress today in Barcelona. The most interesting smartphone of the trio is the A5 LED, which comes with a LED-illuminated back cover.
The smartphone’s actual back does not come with LED lights, you get a snap-on rear cover that features an array of LEDs that work similar to RGB illumination we see on PC hardware products. As far as core specs go, the A5 LED features a 5.2-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution and runs on the MediaTek MT6753 octa-core chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. The chip is paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, which is further expandable via a microSD card. The primary camera at the back offers 8MP resolution, while the front camera is a 5MP unit. Keeping the “lights on” is a 2800mAh capacity battery without any sort of fast charging support. Alcatel also offers other snap-on back covers for the modular smartphone, one being a battery pack while the other featuring a speaker with a kickstand. The smartphone runs on the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.
In addition to the A5 LED, Alcatel also announced the Alcatel A3 and the Alcatel U3. The Alcatel A3 is claimed by the company to be the “most affordable smartphone with a 5” HD display”. The Alcatel U3 on the other hand is claimed to be the “most affordable 5” 4G smartphone”.