Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The Alcatel A50's screen is 5.2 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a MediaTek MTK6738 Quad core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2800mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2800 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 18.8 days standby time, minutes (2G), 780 minutes (3G).



The A50 is a great entry-level phone that is inoffensive in all the right ways.

- Sameer Chhabra , Mobile Syrup 

For those with an interest in modularity, there’s no option more affordable than Alcatel.

- Hayato Huseman , 9to5Google 



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Mobile Syrup

A great budget smartphone, that gets the job done -- eventually

from Mobile Syrup

The A50 is a great starter smartphone. It’s perfect for parents looking to buy their middle school-aged children an inexpensive, but capable phone. It’s a perfect replacement for lost or damaged devices.

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The A50 is a great starter smartphone. It’s perfect for parents looking to buy their middle school-aged children an inexpensive, but capable phone. It’s a perfect replacement for lost or damaged devices.

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Absolute Geeks

Colourful yet underwhelming

from Absolute Geeks

While the Light Show and Colour Changer apps offer something new to mobile technology, the A5 itself doesn’t do much to excite phone users. I’ve found more negative aspects of the phone rather than positive and that’s just not how you want to feel about a phone that looks as neat as the A5 does.

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While the Light Show and Colour Changer apps offer something new to mobile technology, the A5 itself doesn’t do much to excite phone users. I’ve found more negative aspects of the phone rather than positive and that’s just not how you want to feel about a phone that looks as neat as the A5 does.

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Phone Scoop

An inexpensive Android smartphone that offers SnapBak modular accessories

from Phone Scoop

The A50 has good intentions, but veers off the road into a hellscape of bad execution. It delivers an uneven experience that make it a highly questionable purchase. On its own, without the SnapBak attachments, the hardware is acceptable for such a low-cost device. The components are put together well enough, and the footprint isn't so bad. The display is sub-par, voice performance was so-so, and data performance was just acceptable. Battery life was a bright spot.

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The A50 has good intentions, but veers off the road into a hellscape of bad execution. It delivers an uneven experience that make it a highly questionable purchase. On its own, without the SnapBak attachments, the hardware is acceptable for such a low-cost device. The components are put together well enough, and the footprint isn't so bad. The display is sub-par, voice performance was so-so, and data performance was just acceptable. Battery life was a bright spot.

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Canadian Reviewer

Unapologetically an entry level phone

from Canadian Reviewer

Alcatel has the right thing in mind with the Alcatel A50. Not only is this a solid all around device that will satisfy most users looking for a no frills yet multifunctional smartphone.

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Alcatel has the right thing in mind with the Alcatel A50. Not only is this a solid all around device that will satisfy most users looking for a no frills yet multifunctional smartphone.

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TechRadar

LED gimmick is not enough for this below-par budget phone

from TechRadar

Alcatel is still taking a gimmicky approach to the budget Android phone market, but a flashy LED array fails to mask a long list of distinctly disappointing compromises.

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Alcatel is still taking a gimmicky approach to the budget Android phone market, but a flashy LED array fails to mask a long list of distinctly disappointing compromises.

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PC Magazine

An affordable Amazon Prime-subsidized phone that lets you use unique modular backs

from PC Magazine

The Alcatel A50 is more interesting than most $100 phones. If you're sold on the modularity gimmick it might be worth it, but keep in mind that only the LightUp cover is available right now. The Motorola Moto E4 isn't quite as exciting, but it offers compatibility with more carriers and better camera performance, making it a bit more well-rounded.

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The Alcatel A50 is more interesting than most $100 phones. If you're sold on the modularity gimmick it might be worth it, but keep in mind that only the LightUp cover is available right now. The Motorola Moto E4 isn't quite as exciting, but it offers compatibility with more carriers and better camera performance, making it a bit more well-rounded.

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TrustedReviews

Too much competition to make it a good buy

from TrustedReviews

The Alcatel A5 LED is certainly different, and while the LED-packed back is eye-catching, there are too many problems at the phone’s core to make this a serious consideration over the Lenovo Moto G5.

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The Alcatel A5 LED is certainly different, and while the LED-packed back is eye-catching, there are too many problems at the phone’s core to make this a serious consideration over the Lenovo Moto G5.

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Stuff

The phone underneath is a bit of a stinker

from Stuff

The A5 LED is a fun gimmick, tacked onto a bad phone - the opposite of what you might expect with a high-concept mobile like this. Its back looks pretty good when the lights are off, and there are enough light modes for it to work like a cheesy mobile DJ at house parties. But it fails as a normal phone, though.

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The A5 LED is a fun gimmick, tacked onto a bad phone - the opposite of what you might expect with a high-concept mobile like this. Its back looks pretty good when the lights are off, and there are enough light modes for it to work like a cheesy mobile DJ at house parties. But it fails as a normal phone, though.

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9to5Google

Brings a touch of modularity

from 9to5Google

For just $100, the Alcatel A50 is an impressive offering, bringing some level of modularity to an affordable price range. With reasonably fast performance, expandable storage, and USB-C, the A50 could even be a decent backup phone in case you lose your flagship.

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For just $100, the Alcatel A50 is an impressive offering, bringing some level of modularity to an affordable price range. With reasonably fast performance, expandable storage, and USB-C, the A50 could even be a decent backup phone in case you lose your flagship.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 10, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/850 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor MediaTek MTK6738 Quad core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.63 W/kg
Body: 1.4 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 351 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 780 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 18.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Metal Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.2 x 0.8 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 146 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 282 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Dragontrail glass, 2D glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Front camera flash
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Alcatel A5, Pulsemix

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