Alcatel has taken the wraps off a pair of new phones at IFA this year, both of which sit squarely in the budget category of the market. The Idol 5 and A7 both aim to offer a solid device with a few neat tricks, all without breaking the bank.
The Idol 5 is the more expensive of the two, offering fairly standard specs for a mid-range device. You’ll get a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek octa-core processor, 16GB of storage paired with 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear shooter, and a 2,800mAh battery. The most unique part of the Idol 5 is its feature called App Cloner; the feature “clones” your social media apps, allowing you to log into multiple accounts on social sites without having to log out each time you want to switch. It’d be useful to keep some business and personal stuff separate, but many apps do already offer multi-account support.
Next up is the Alcatel A7, which looks to be a slightly upgraded device from its counterpart. You’ll get a 5.5-inch 108p display, a faster octa-core processor, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera, and a whopping 4,000mAh battery. No app cloning feature here, but the device is a bit cheaper for better specs, so maybe that’s a decent tradeoff.
The A7 and Idol 5 go on sale today for €229 and €239 respectively, but only in Europe.