Alcatel, a company widely known for its low-budget quality phones, has just announced its new modular handset – A5 LED. It is expected to go on sale in the UK and Europe in May with subsequent release in the US. The retail price has been set at affordable €199 (approximately $210).
The phone design is similar to Moto Mods, allowing the user to add additional functionality by changing the back covers. At the moment the company has unveiled three modules.
As the name suggests, one such add-on is LED covers that offer a joyful play of lights to suit your mood. On the practical side, you can set up different light and colour patterns for various contacts or types of notification. A pre-installed Light Show app will guide you through an array of animation designs.
Another module is a 3,000 mAh battery cover that along with the main power source of 2,800 mAh provides enough juice to last you through hours of power-exerting app use.
The speaker module is not too bulky and produces good volume without distorting the sound – a sort of compact companion at home parties and outdoors.
The specifications are not overly convincing – a 5.2-inch display with a 720 x 1280 resolution, a 1.5 GHz octa-core MT6753 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, microSD card, an 8 MP rear and a 5 MP front camera – but are compensated by sturdy design and low price of the device.
Overall, Alcatel A5 LED is not a killer phone but it’s always great to see a new member in the modular community out there.