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

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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15 Comments

SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Alcatel's a savage lol

trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

lg v20 has 4 cameras too

AmashAziz

Posts: 2865; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 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

trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 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.

Renzo

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

v20 has 1 wide angle front cam

jeanrivera

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

LG V20 does not have dual front facing camera.

AmashAziz

Posts: 2865; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

gigicoaste

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

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

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.

monoke

Posts: 1059; Member since: Mar 14, 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!"

p51d007

Posts: 690; Member since: Nov 24, 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

-swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

someone got butthurt from a flagship.

Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

where's the idol 5?

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