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Alcatel Flash Plus in the flesh, first impressions

As the May launch of the Alcatel Flash Plus draws near, we’re still uncertain as to the final details of its arrival. Fortunately, we were able to snap a few photos and played with a sample unit a couple weeks back.

Originally released in China under a different name (TCL), the Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus is a more beefed up version of the older Alcatel OT Flash with more RAM and storage.

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The Flash Plus is reminiscent of the OneTouch Idol series of Alcatel from many years back, only this time it is way bigger. It has a solid build quality with a toned down design, rounded corners and curved edges.

The front panel is fully covered with Dragontrail Glass with the backlit navigation buttons found at the bottom. The bezels are a bit thick, perhaps almost similar to the 3.1mm of the Zenfone 2.

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The back portion is flat, with a smooth matte finish in light gold tone. The rear camera protrudes just a tiny bit from the surface with a single LED flash just below it along with the OneTouch logo.

The loudspeaker is at the very bottom end, the volume controls on the right side and power button just below it.

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Realme Philippines

Alcatel’s own UI looked simple and flat with no app drawer to speak of, just a bunch of folders to organize the apps by category. This implementation is similar to the Emotion UI of Huawei. With a 64-bit octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the device feels very snappy and responsive. Initial shots we took using the camera showed good results.

I am told that the unit will come with Kitkat right out of the box but will probably be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop a month or two after. So far we’ve already confirmed the hardrware specs below.

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Alcatel OneTouch Flash Plus specs:
5.5-inch IPS LCD @ 720×1280 pixels, 268ppi
Dragontrail Glass, Japan OGS full lamination
Mediatek MT6752M 1.5GHz octa-core processor
Mali T760 MP2 GPU
2GB RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
USB OTG support
Dual-SIM, Dual-LTE, FDD/TD-LTE
13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 1/3.06-inch CMOS sensor, LED flash, f2.0
8MP front-facing camera, f2.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with aGPS support
Li-Ion 3,500mAh battery
Android 4.4.4 Kitkat (upgradeable to Lollipop)
152.10 x 76.20 x 8.10mm (dimensions)
150 grams (weight)

The Flash Plus uses a Mediatek MT6752 which is a 64-bit octa-core 4G LTE chip based on the ARM Cortex-A53 processor with ARM Mali-T760 graphics. It has a maximum core speed of 2.0GHz but in the case of the Flash Plus, they underclocked it to just 1.7GHz to allow for better battery efficiency.

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Our benchmark results showed really good scores with Antutu putting the top marks at 43,519 and Quadrant at 20,249 (more results here).

The Antutu score of 43,519 is pretty impressive — it sits between the 1.8GHz Z3560 of the Zenfone 2 ZE550ML at 42k and the 2.3GHz Z3580 of the Zenfone 2 ZE551ML at 45k.

• Alcatelflashplus Benchmark • Alcatel Flash Plus In The Flesh, First Impressions

Our discussion with Alcatel representatives pegged the price at Php6,990. It will be available in both slate and gold colors.

Update: Lazada will be selling the Flash Plus exclusively starting May 15 with a suggested retail price of Php6,490 for the 16GB slate color variant.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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akuma
akuma
7 years ago

Killer phone or beast phone?
Well played for both alcatel and lazada.

Frodo
Frodo
7 years ago

Is there anywhere else to get this phone than thru lazada?

Kevz
Kevz
7 years ago

@YugaTech false review about 1.7Ghz, bakit sa lazada 1.5Ghz???? Wow.. Just wow.

donbatag
donbatag
7 years ago

Rebrand ata to, waiting ng once touch idol 3

El Gamma Penumbra
El Gamma Penumbra
7 years ago

Anong mas ayos? Zenfone 2 or Alcatel Flash Plus?

KapaCitivo
KapaCitivo
7 years ago

May capacitive button pa rin, saiyans.

Pres. Noynoy Aquino
Pres. Noynoy Aquino
7 years ago

So kasalanan ko na naman ito?

Nog nog
Nog nog
Reply to  Pres. Noynoy Aquino
7 years ago

yes! Dahil abnu ka.

xn2015
xn2015
7 years ago

I’d really love to see image quality of this, especially the front cam. :-)

I’m still using my Omega XL (by Cherry), it still is pretty much working but I feel na medyo nagpaparamdam na sya. Lol. But I was eyeing Zenfone 2 pero parang di ako convinced sa front cam nya. Wala pa kasi akong nakikitang on the cheaper side na comparable sa front cam ng OXL.

Hoping hoping talaga. If maganda to, then bibili ako. Dami pa namang devs pag Alcatel. :)

kelvin
kelvin
7 years ago

How good is it’s camera? Main and secondary.

Elvin
Elvin
Reply to  kelvin
7 years ago

I am guessing like the Oppo Find 7a since they used both Sony IMX 214 sensor.

mac
mac
7 years ago

may knock2x code ba to, yung gesture2x ganun?para i turn on yung phone? thanks

kazuya
kazuya
7 years ago

I’m pretty much excite on this new device. Will it really be released on May 1?

klky
7 years ago

waw. ayos to pang upgrade ng zf2 ko..

ang gusto ko lang malaman kung meron tong notification LED at kung okay sa mata ung 268 ppi nya.. meron din kayang OTA updates to gaya ng asus?

klky
Reply to  klky
7 years ago

zf5 pala ahha

asd
asd
7 years ago

This might be a good deal but I’m doubting the display quality. It looks like a low quality IPS screen or a high quality TN panel which is equally bad, but judging from just an image I might be wrong. I have to see this in person.

fey
fey
Reply to  asd
7 years ago

some of ZF2 variants has only 267ppi.i’m not sure if all 7 variants has only 267ppi.

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