I have only just started reviewing the Alcatel 5 which is a good looking budget phone, now TCL-owned Alcatel has announced an upgrade for it, named the 5V.
While it retains the 5 moniker the 5V is significantly different, and I would have said it should be the Alcatel 6 to differentiate it properly.
The new phone comes with a 6.2-inch 19:9 notched display with 720×1500 resolution, an 88% screen-to-body ratio, and 2.5D Dragontrail glass on top. In contrast, the Alcatel 5 has a 5.7-inch display with a 77.4% and a large lip on the top.
The 5V also has a dual 12 MP + 2 MP rear camera system with dual-tone LED flash, with the secondary sensor being used only for depth information, enabling bokeh effects. The main snapper has 1.25μm pixels and 1/2.8″ size, and the camera software can do things like AI scene detection, burst shot, HDR, real-time bokeh, and it also contains electronic image stabilization and Google Lens. While the front-facing camera uses an 8 MP unit with 1.12μm pixels and 1/4″ sensor size.
All this is powered by the MediaTek Helio P22, also known as MT6762, which has a 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU. This is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, and the whole thing is kept running by a 4,000 mAh battery.
Again, in comparison, the Alcatel 5 has the slightly lower specced Mediatek MT6750, it uses a single 12 MP (f/2.2, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm) rear camera and the battery is only 3000 mAh.
The Alcatel 5V will be offered in blue and black and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. Its dimensions are 153.7 x 74.55 x 8.5 mm, and it weighs 158g. It will come in black and blue and appears to have a shiny finish on the back compared to the textured finish of the 5.
At the moment the 5V is only announced for selected markets with prices starting at $199.99/£150 though if it does become available here expect it to cost a little more, as the 5 already costs more than that.