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Alcatel quietly released the first ever smartphone with both front and rear dual cameras

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Alcatel quietly released the first ever smartphone with both front and rear dual cameras

You may know Alcatel as the budget smartphone brand by TCL Corporation, which also currently owns the rights to the BlackBerry name. So it's something of a surprise to find out that the company has very quietly released the first smartphone equipped with a dual camera system on both the front and the back.

Even more surprising is the fact that the device, named Alcatel Flash (not to be confused with the Alcatel OneTouch Flash or the Alcatel Flash 2), is only available in a few Middle East countries, and we can find no press release officially announcing its existence. Also, no pricing information seems to be available, as clicking the "buy from" link only brings up a list of physical store locations.

As for the device itself, it's standard Alcatel fare – it sports the 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. That puts it firmly in the mid-range, though Alcatel clearly bets on its cameras to make it interesting: this is the first phone ever with two dual-camera modules, both of which appear to be of of the monochrome/color variety, similar to what Huawei employs in its flagships. The rear sensors are Sony's 13 MP IMX258, with an F2.0 aperture, while the front features an 8 MP plus 5 MP sensor combo. 

The phone's cameras seem too support all of the functionality usually associated with dual cameras, such as an iPhone 7 Plus-like portrait mode and selective photo coloring. Also included are the so-called Super Selfie Mode and Super Fine Mode, and the phone can also export pictures in RAW format as well.

Apart from that, the Alcatel Flash has a 5.5-inch, 1080p IPS LCD screen, a 3,100 mAh battery, a back-facing fingerprint scanner, and also supports two SIM cards. We're not yet sure whether the phone will be released outside of the Middle East, though it looks too good (by Alcatel standards, anyway) to not be.

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source: Alcatel

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posted on 04 Apr 2017, 08:34 4

1. SleeperOne (Posts: 370; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


Alcatel's a savage lol

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 08:47

2. trojan_horse (Posts: 3696; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Having 4 cameras is awesome. I hope this becomes a trend in the near future.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 08:58

3. Tyrion_Lannister (Posts: 800; Member since: 21 Oct 2016)


lg v20 has 4 cameras too

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:04

5. AmashAziz (Posts: 801; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


That's what confuses me. I have done quite a heavy search in the past to know if the V20 really has 4 cameras. Some sites agree on it, others don't. Even LG's official site doesn't menton dual front-facing cameras.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:25 2

6. kent-gaga (Posts: 538; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


What are you talking about?
The V20 only has 1 wide angle front camera and it switches between modes just by croping the wider-angle photos in to narrower ones

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:28 1

7. trojan_horse (Posts: 3696; Member since: 06 May 2016)


@Tyrion_Lannister

Any source of that claim?

As per GSMArena and PhoneArena, LG V20 has a single selfie camera... So that's a total of 3 cameras, not 4.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:29 1

8. Renzo (Posts: 8; Member since: 22 Dec 2015)


v20 has 1 wide angle front cam

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:34 1

9. jeanrivera (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)


LG V20 does not have dual front facing camera.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:01

4. AmashAziz (Posts: 801; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


The more cameras, the better. As long as all of them provide useful functionality. Google's Tango integration seems to have great potential in the more-lenses space.

And what's more, it's better than the more megapixels race! Proving more is sometimes better.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 09:35

10. gigicoaste (Posts: 81; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


Actually Amazon Fire had 5 cameras! :)) I know, I know, not usable for taking pictures.. but.. 5!

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 11:52

11. kerginaldo17 (unregistered)


Manufacturers have to explore better use of these multi cameras. The idea is good, but the actual utility of multi cameras has not yet been tapped.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 13:01

12. monoke (Posts: 679; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


"Hold on a sec. I can't see this zit on my forehead. Lemme 4x optical zoom with my dual lense Alcatel phone bro!"

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 13:37

13. p51d007 (Posts: 311; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Why? Because they can?
GIMMICKS...that's all manufacturers have left. Faster processors, tighter density screens, SMALLER BATTERIES, more megapixels in the camera, fingerprint sensors and not dual selfie cams?
It's a PINHOLE camera...not a dSLR. You'll never get anything CLOSE to even a smaller compact camera with a phone. The sensor is just too small. But, the public continues to overpay for this "flagship" types of phone, so you think they are going to really innovate?
NOPE

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 14:01

14. -swagfox- (Posts: 28; Member since: 01 Dec 2016)


someone got butthurt from a flagship.

posted on 04 Apr 2017, 21:46

15. Derass (Posts: 82; Member since: 06 Aug 2015)


where's the idol 5?

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