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Which Alcatel smartphone should I buy?

But, after all, what does this Chinese / French woman have to offer in terms of apparatus to Brazilians?

Which Alcatel handset to buy?

Idol Line

In a way, Alcatel has a similar strategy to Asus: having a premium intermediary as a top of the line. This seems to be a strategy for beginner manufacturers, as this is the fastest growing range in various markets, especially in emerging markets such as Brazil. Alcatel's top of the line is Idol, but we haven't had an update since last year. Idol 4, launched in 2016 at MWC, is still on sale and, since last year, with an even more affordable price, around R $ 1,000. If you are someone who cares about design, it may be the request.

Apart from being beautiful and with a finish above its portfolio colleagues, it has some interesting details like the fact that it is reversible. You can take it in any direction facing up, down or sideways. No matter what form you take, it will always be in the exact position for your reading and viewing. There is also a physical button called the Boom Key that you set up to take snapshots, obey the functions for volume up or down, photo sharing, live video streaming, and more. What's more, it's rare for mid-range devices, two 3.6W power speakers and built-in JBL headsets.

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Idol 4 / AndroidPIT

The hardware suite also pleases: 5.2 inch Full HD display, octa core processor, 32 GB of memory and 3 GB of RAM, 2,610 mAh battery, 8 MP front camera and 13 MP rear camera. Between him and A7, which you know next, the good fight, so much that Bruno Salutes recommends both. One point against Idol 4, Android on the Marshmallow verse. Already the point in favor that Alcatel continues selling with the launch accessory, a VR glasses.

Line A

Alcatel's latest release this year, the company's current star A7 and Bruno asked to say it recommends. In fact, a much more expensive premium branded device that costs less than $ 1,000. finished in glass and metal. With an octa-core processor, it has 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable memory up to 128 GB with microSD, much better cameras, 16 MP at the rear and 8 MP at the front, plus 4,000 mAh of battery. The 5.5 inch Full HD screen and the rest of the handsets this year runs the seventh version, Android Nougat.

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Alcatel A7 / AndroidPIT

Another star of the year, even because it glows in the dark if you so wish for its interactive LED back cover, the A5 is an interesting device. Here in Brazil it is found in two versions, Max and only LED, and as always the Max version that is worth it, even though you have to spend a little more. The A5 LED Max has specifications slightly below the A7, but still very fulfilling.

The cameras are also 8 MP in the front and 16 MP in the rear, there's a little less battery, 2,800 mAh, and the 5.2 inch HD screen, but the good hardware set with 32 GB of memory and 3 GB of RAM on an octa-core processor. That's all for about $ 800. For $ 600 you bring home the same A5 LED, but the one with a less promising hardware set: 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of memory.

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A5 LED / AndroidPIT

Launched in early 2017, the A3 are for sale in Brazil in two models: A3 Plus and A3 XL Max. The first most basic and can be found in the $ 600. With 5.5 inches HD screen, the A3 Plus comes equipped with a quad-core processor, only 1GB of RAM, but 32GB of storage expandable to over 32GB. The 3,000 mAh battery, the 5 MP front camera and the 8 MP rear camera.

Already the A3 Plus Max, which costs about $ 100 more, ie $ 700, has almost the same specifications, but comes with 3 GB of RAM, which is certainly worth the extra investment, but the screen of 6 inches too HD. Also from the A line, Alcatel has on its website the Alcatel A2 XL, but as the handset only 3G, I recommend the A3, which at least are compatible with 4G network.

Opinion by Emily Singing Nunes

Did Alcatel invest so much in its A line to one day compete with Samsung's A line? Place your bets!

Pixi4 Line

Also from 2016, the Pixi4 line has not received update in 2017, but is still firm and strong in the market confused all with this bunch of numbers together. We explain: 4 is part of the name of the line and the number that follows corresponds to the screen size: 4, 5 or 6 inches, including Pixi4 3.5 which has 3.5 screen. But most of these smartphones are only compatible with the 3G network, so be aware when buying.

Because they are older and only 3G, you can find these devices for less than $ 500, but again, besides being just 3G, the hardware set of these devices is hardly worth the investment. The Pixi 4 3 has 512 RAM and 4G internal memory. Not even the Pixi 6, which has a cooler set and a phablet is worth it, as it still runs Android 5.1 and 4G. This, in fact, is not a line that I recommend. Only if you are behind a big screen device to read only and connect to Wi-Fi from time to time.

Pop line

From the Pop line, another Alcatel entry line, it is worth mentioning the Pop 4 5 Premium, which is compatible with the 4G network, has Android 6.0 Marshmallow, 5 inch HD screen, a quad-core processor, 1.5 GB RAM and strangers 40 GB of memory, 8 GB internal and 32 GB of a microSD card that is standard. The 2,500 mAh battery and cameras are even better than expected for an input device: 8 MP in the front and 13 MP in the rear. And it comes with three drum covers in white, gold wood and gray wood. All for about $ 600.

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Alcatel Pop 4 / AndroidPIT

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