Alcatel A7 Price In India: Buy Alcatel A7 Mobile at Rs. 8999. Alcatel A7 In India is Rs. 8999 for 4 GB RAM 32 GB ROM variant. The Alcatel A7 comes with 16MP primary camera with Dual tone flash and 8MP front facing camera, 13.97 centimeters (5.5-inch) FHD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, 401 ppi pixel density and 16M color support, Android v7 Nougat operating system with 1.5GHz + 1GHz MTK6750T octa core processor, Mali-T860MP2 650MHz GPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory and dual SIM (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G).
The Alcatel A7 is a phone that is testing its luck in the Rs. 14,000 price segment where brands like Xiaomi, Honor, Motorola are ruling. But sadly though, the A7 doesn’t stand a chance in front of them. The build quality is all plastic, cameras, especially in low-light, are terrible. But on the bright side, the battery backup is fantastic, display quality and resolution are excellent. So, if camera and performance, and good build quality are your requirements, then the Mi A1, Honor 7X are your alternatives.
Alcatel is relatively not a very popular brand in India though it has been very actively launching phones for quite some time. TCL owned Alcatel brand never made it to the top list thanks to competition from Chinese brands like Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, and Motorola. In a bid to make its presence felt, the company recently launched the A-series phones which includes the A5 LED which we reviewed earlier and the A7 which we are going to review today to see how well it fares. Let’s get started by checking out the specifications first.
The Alcatel A7 sports a 5.5-inches Full HD (1080 X 1920) display and is powered by the MediaTek MT6750T SoC clocked at 1.5GHz Octa-Core processor with Mali-T860MP2 GPU. There is 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage with expandable microSD card slot. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. In the camera department, there is a 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and an 8MP front camera with LED flash. It also has a Fingerprint sensor for better security. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and NFC. A 4000mAH battery is on board with fast charge support.
In the age of metal unibody designs, Alcatel sticking to yester year’s plastic build is very disheartening, and it doesn’t feel premium at all. It packs all plastic body with removable back cover. However, despite being plastic, the company made efforts to make the device look good. The rear panel though being panel has got smooth, and shiny textured finish which especially in artificial and low-light conditions shines and looks terrific. At 5.5-inches size, the A7 is not the most comfortable phone to use in one-hands, but the rounded edges and curved back are a consolation. The textured back panel offers good grip, and it rarely slips from hands.
Moving to placements, above the display, you have the primary earpiece, an 8-megapixel front camera, usual set of sensors, and a LED flash. Down below are three capacitive buttons are placed within the screen and speaker below the display. On the right side, you find the volume rockers and power button. To the left, there nothing. Flipping the device to the rear, you have the 13MP rear camera, LED flash, Fingerprint sensor, and Alcatel branding. Up top, we just have the 3.5mm audio jack, and on the bottom, you have microUSB port. Strip opening the back panel gives you access to SIM and microSD card slots, but the battery isn’t removable. Overall the lack of metal unibody design is undoubtedly a disadvantage, but this is what you are getting.
The Alcatel A7 sports a 5.5-inches Full HD (1080 X 1920) display with no protection on top. The screen produces great colors, and the viewing angles are also top notch. We never found any off colors or distortion even when viewing from extreme angles. Since it is a 1080p panel, text and images look sharp with no pixilation even after zooming in. There is an auto brightness sensor present in the settings which when turned on automatically adjusts the brightness. The device doesn’t come with any display protection, and the company didn’t include a screen protector either. So, we suggest you install a tempered glass, as we felt the display to be quite scratch resistant and fragile.
The brightness levels are reasonable; we were able to easily access the content on the phone outdoors and under direct sunlight. The screen real estate is decent enough for media consumption and gaming. Being a 1080p panel, it had no issues playing Full HD videos as well. Overall, the display section scores big on the A7.
The Alcatel A7 is powered by the MediaTek MT6750T SoC clocked at 1.5GHz Octa-Core processor with Mali-T860MP2 GPU and 4GB RAM. For starters, the chipset is quite aged now, but it doesn’t seem to have much effect on the performance. General day-to-day tasks and functions work smoothly with no lag or stutters. As we said above, multitasking can also be done without having to face any frame drops. Apps open up quite fast, and they respond to taps instantly as well. The only situation where the device slowed down a little is when you run too many high-end applications in the background or game continuously.
In the gaming department, we played a wide range of games ranging from Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed Run, Modern Combat 5 and more. For the most part, these games ran fine with rare frame drops. There were no heating, or any battery draining issues noticed. The Alcatel A7 has a Fingerprint sensor on the back which can register up to five fingers. It unlocks the phone instantly, and the unlock animation is also fast. Overall, the performance of the Alcatel A7 is great, and the gaming department too fared well.
The Alcatel A7 packs a 16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and an 8MP front camera with LED flash for better low-light selfies and video chats. The camera app is feature rich; it comes with various modes like HDR, beauty time lapse, instant collage, panorama. Coming to performance, the rear camera in good lighting and outdoor conditions can click decent images. The pictures have good details and colors as well. Though we found few photos to be dull and soft, it can be adjusted with HDR mode. The autofocusing is fast. Hence the macro shorts have nice blur effect. The daylight shots have good dynamic range. However, in the low-light conditions, the LED flash is the saviour. The images are completely washed out, and there are no details preserved in the pictures. As we said, LED flash comes handy in extreme low-light clicks, but they too tend to go overexposed at times.
In the front, there is an 8-megapixel shooter with LED flash that does a good job. It has an 85-degree wide-angle lens, so you can click group selfies that are social shareable. The rear camera can record 1080p videos, and the quality of the video is pretty decent. Overall, the cameras of the Alcatel A7 does its job well, but the low-light performance is still not up to the mark.
The company is bundling a pair of earphones which are good quality and in-ear style. The audio via them is great. Thanks to the equalizer support, we have the freedom to adjust the sound profiles. The loudspeakers are present on the front, and they are very loud. Since they are stereo speakers, the audio via them is clear, and no distortion in sound is noticed.
Moving to video, as we mentioned above in the display section, the device was able to play 1080p videos. We didn’t notice any heating or freezing issues even when streaming via 4G. With Full HD panel and in-ear style earphones, we had a good time watching videos and movies.
The company is using its battery department for promoting the device as it comes with a massive 4000mAh battery with fast charge support. With regular to casual usage, the phone was able to last more than a day. All thanks to the incredible standby time, the battery never disappointed. There was no idle battery drain, nor it drained faster on heavy usage. Our usage generally on a working day includes making calls, checking social media updates, listening to music, stream a bunch of videos, browsing with 4G and occasional GPS navigation. With this kind of mixed usage, we still had more than 20% of juice still left before we ended the day.
Even if you’re a heavy user, the battery can easily last one entire day on a single charge. With fast charge support, the device took close to 2 hours 20 minutes to charge the massive 4000mAh unit which is relatively decent. Overall, the battery is very impressive and should satisfy both heavy and casual users.
The Alcatel A5 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with an interface that is almost stock if not for the custom icon pack for native Alcatel apps. The company didn’t promise any software update so that we wouldn’t count on it. Apart from Google set of apps, there a bunch of pre-loaded applications which can’t be removed unless you are rooted. There is Phone Guard app that comes in handy to keep an eye out on phone’s status like storage, RAM, security, etc. There is no theme support. Hence you’re stuck with the default look.
It comes with 4GB of RAM out of which around 2.81GB is free for users. The available RAM is more than enough for most essential tasks, U.I navigations, multitasking as well. We had no issues while switching between apps or browsing through Chrome as well. Since there is not much in terms of customization, you will have to rely on Play Store apps. Overall, the software department too gets a big thumbs up.
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