Alcatel Idol 5, a Budget Smartphone that Delivers a VR Experience

Alcatel Idol 5

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The Alcatel series is the company’s flagship series, no wonder people have been highly anticipating for the release of the Alcatel Idol 5. There are a few highlights, but one that buyers find exciting is the UNI360 Goggles, a VR headset from Alcatel.


Speaking of the display, it’s not the best. Just remember the price tag whenever you feel that it doesn’t meet the criteria of a flagship. The 5.2-inch IPS screen has a full HD resolution, so things look very detailed on the screen. It’s also good for the battery it comes with. A higher resolution means a shorter screen-on time. The color reproduction is good, mainly because it doesn’t look oversaturated. It comes as no surprise since it’s an LCD instead of an AMOLED. Many people know that popping colors have become the trademark of AMOLED displays, so it’s not disappointing at all.


The Alcatel Idol 5 is probably one of the sleekest budget phones out there. Smartphones are look strikingly similar these days, so we should appreciate those that take effort to stand away from the crowd. It’s not only pretty, but also solid as it’s made of metal. So despite the low cost, it still looks like a premium handset. The antenna bands protrude on the back, and to be honest, if you can’t appreciate the smallest design flaw, then you will probably be bothered by this. Thankfully, many people can get over it in no time because it doesn’t look that obtrusive to begin with. The SIM card tray and power button occupy the left side, while the volume rocker and trigger function shortcut are located on the opposite side. On the top, there’s nothing there except for a mic. The same goes for the bottom, which is quite minimalistic as you can only find a USB Type-C port for charging and a 3.5mm headset jack.

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The included specs are a bit underwhelming given the fact that it’s as a flagship. So if you compare the Alcatel Idol 5 to flagships from other manufacturers, it may fall short in comparison. It has a Mediatek Helio P20 octa-core processor under the hood. This is in no way a bad processor, but for something with a flagship title, you’d expect a Qualcomm chip because this brand is known for its powerful performance. But then again, Mediatek processors are just as widely known, so it’s not a big deal. It also has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. None of these specs are groundbreaking. They can be found in a lot of mid-range phones. And the internal storage is actually expandable. You can insert a microSD of up to 256GB just in case you need to install more games or apps.

Battery life

As said before, the Idol 5 isn’t the most reliable phone for gaming or running RAM-intensive apps, but at least it has a 2,850mAh battery to make up for it. While it doesn’t seem high, it still can give 7 hours of screen on-time under moderate usage. It benefits a lot from the average screen resolution. By moderate usage we mean you can use for browsing, streaming videos, and playing games occasionally.

Alcatel Idol 5 specs:

  • 148.08 x 71.88 x 7.62 mm (Size)
  • 5.2 inch (1920 x 1080) IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • MediaTek Helio P20, 2.2 GHz octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage
  • microSD expansion card slot
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 12 megapixel rear camera. Front 8 megapixel camera
  • 2850 mAh non-removable


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