For less than 800 AED, you got a decent Android smartphone.
There are tons of Android smartphones available at the moment that includes lineups from known brands and some new ones. This particular one from Alcatel has announced a couple of months ago in 2017 and is finally available here in the UAE. The sub-800 AED price places it in the budget category of Android devices, but is it worth it? Let’s check it out.
At first glance, you won’t expect the Alcatel A7 to belong in the budget segment since the material used for its exterior makes it look premium. The unit we got for review has an all-black color with gold trims around the earpiece and mouthpiece along with a brushed matte surface at the back where you will find the camera and the fingerprint sensor.
The Alcatel A7’s additional buttons are found on the side, and there’s a micro USB port at the bottom for charging and data transfers. They wisely kept the 3.5 mm headphone jack since well, not everyone is ready to give up on that port no matter how old it may be.
Specs-wise the Alcatel A7 has a decent hardware set: an octa-core CPU with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage expandable using micro SD and a 5.5-inch full HD screen. It also supports dual SIMS along with a 16-megapixel camera. The Alcatel A7 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and has a massive 4,000 mAh battery.
The Alcatel A7 handled tasks decently and while performance is not the best, it’s something that acceptable considering the specs and the price. The camera takes a while to load and while it suffers under low light conditions, I managed to get great shots in sunlight. Battery life was great though, and I managed to use it for a full day after a full charge.
The Alcatel A7 doesn’t have anything special or unique in terms of features, and it doesn’t have to be. Overall, for a budget smartphone, the Alcatel A7 can deliver the basics that you need from a smartphone.
+ Decent price
+ Decent performance
+ Great battery life
– Average camera
– Uncertainty about future Android updates
Final Rating: 3.5/5