Recently I have covered a lot of cheap Chinese brands that are churning out Android phones. These often require buying them from grey import sites such as Gearbest, and even if you get them from Amazon, the warranty and product support are always in question.

If you are looking for a more reliable brand, then Alcatel still produce some great phone options. I was recently sent their latest A7 model to review which is available from Argos for £199 and comes with a 2-year guarantee.

The specifications of the Alcatel A7 include:

Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
ChipsetMediatek MT6750T
CPUOcta-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUMali-T860MP2
Card slotmicroSD, up to 128 GB
Internal32 GB, 3 GB RAM
OSAndroid 7.0 (Nougat)
Front Camera16 MP (f/2.0, 1/3"), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Rear8 MP, LED flash
3.5mm jackYes
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS
NFCYes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

Design & Build

The MT6750 chip found inside the A7 is the same chipset that you see on many of the budget phones I have posted about before including the HomTom S8 and the Umidigi Crystal. However, unlike the Umidigi the Alcatel has somewhat standard looks. That’s not to say it is ugly, but there are bezels around the display, and the rear of the phone is a detachable plastic cover.