Alcatel Idol 5S, A50, and A30 Plus offer decent features at accessible prices

Alcatel today announced three new smartphones that run Android Nougat: Alcatel Idol 5S, Alcatel A50, and Alcatel A30 Plus. In addition to being available as Amazon Prime phones (with adds on the home screen), all tree handsets are also offered add-free in the US, though they're a bit more expensive this way.

Succeeding the Alcatel Idol 4 from 2016, the Idol 5S is built around an aluminum frame, and seems to be a nice mid-range smartphone. Running Android 7.1 Nougat, the device features a 5.2-inch 1080p display, dual front-facing speakers for stereo sound, fingerprint sensor, an 8 MP front-facing camera, and a 12 MP rear camera. The Idol 5S is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, further offering 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2620 mAh battery.

At launch, the Alcatel Idol 5S will be compatible only with GSM/LTE carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. However, Alcatel says that a future update (coming "later this summer") will enable the handset to also work on CDMA/LTE carriers like Verizon and Sprint. The new phone can be pre-ordered as of today for $279.99 (unlocked). 

Next on the list, the Alcatel A50 runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and is offered unlocked for $149.99 (being compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile). The handset sports a 5.2-inch 720p display, and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MTK6738 processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Also on board are LTE, 5 MP and 13 MP cameras (front and rear), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage space, and a 2800 mAh battery. 

Interestingly, the Alcatel A50 supports various snap-on accessories that will be available separately, at extra cost: a LightUp SNAPBAK cover (for colorful notifications), a Power SNAPBAK (for doubling battery life), and a Sound SNAPBAK (featuring 2.5 watt stereo speakers and built-in kickstand).

Finally, the Alcatel A30 Plus is a larger version of the A30 that Alcatel released earlier this year, sporting a 5.5-inch 720p display and packing a 3,000 mAh battery. That aside, its features resemble those of the A50, although this device doesn't support modular accessories. The Alcatel A30 Plus costs $129.99, and works on AT&T and T-Mobile (support for Verizon will be added via an update later this year).

You can pre-order all three new Alcatel smartphones from Amazon via the source links below, although they won't ship before July 10. Interested?

sources: Amazon (Alcatel Idol 5S, Alcatel A50, Alcatel A30 Plus), Press release

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Idol 5S
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Snapdragon 625 = DOA

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol... why?

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Will work fine for hundreds of thousands of users.

4. fyah_king unregistered

More like millions.

5. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Should of been at least the 626, 630 or 660 for $280 instead of last years chip. Also the Idol 4S had the 652 which is faster -__- so you immediately think "well at least the 625 is more battery efficient" but they pair it up with a 2620 mAh battery where as last year it had a 3000 mAh one. So similar with less performance, I'm not exited.

6. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Goes to pre-order Idol 5S... "This item does not ship to Canada" f**k you Alcatel and/or Amazon

7. Duncdawg26

Posts: 170; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

I believe Alcatel is going for a brand switch on the 5 and 5s. If I read the rumors right, the 5 will be the higher tier and the 5s will be the lower... Not sure though. 5 might be even lower tier. As for price, I don't mind it if it's really a $300ish phone. There's more to phones than just processors and spec. Sometimes a better software optimization costs more. Now if they would just update their phones, they would have a shot at my money...

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