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Alcatel Onetouch Flash Plus review

Alcatel Onetouch Flash Plus review
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Retail Price: RM 549
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The Alcatel Onetouch Flash Plus runs on Android OS, v4.4.x (KitKat) and is powered by Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor with 2GB RAM. It has a 5.5-inch, 720 x 1280 pixel display. The Alcatel Flash Plus also comes with a 13.0-megapixel camera that is able to record videos at 1080p. It comes with 16GB of built-in storage, and is able to support microSD cards of up to 32GB
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Writen by mobile88 Editor: By Andre Chan, on Tuesday, September 08, 2015

 

The 1280 x 720 pixel display may not wow anybody when you have phones with 2K Quad HD screens in the market these days but for what its’ worth, it is alright. The colors have a warm feel to it and texts appear clear even when in close up. It goes without saying that the large 5.5-inch screen is great when viewing multimedia contents.

 

The Flash Plus is powered by 64-bit octa-core 1.5GHz processor with Mali-T760 MP2 GPU and for the most part the performance has been up to the mark with smooth scrolling and fast app-loading. It holds up well even where there are a couple of applications running in the background. We run Asphalt 8: Airborne on the device and it plays without any hiccups.

 

Not bad at all for a mid-range device! 

 

The user interface is very similar to Xiaomi’s MIUI and that could be a good or a bad thing depending on personal tastes. If you are the kind of user who despises bloatware that comes pre-installed with a device, you will not be happy to know that the Flash Plus comes a little on the “heavy” side out of the box.

 

 

One thing we really like about the Flash Plus is Gesture Play, which enables us to quickly wake the phone up by double-tapping on the locked screen and launch selected apps and activities just by scribbling alphabets on it. It works like a charm as the slightest touch and gesture will activate the intended task. However, the high-sensitiveness also presents a problem by itself. Many a times the phone wakes up by itself while inside our pocket and bag due to unintentional presses on the screen. It goes without saying that the overall battery life will surely take a hit.

 

Also, we found that the double tap gesture does not work when we tap around the perimeter of the screen. Not that it is a big problem but it’s something that we think you should know.

 

We also wish that we can customize Gesture Play to our own liking and add in more custom activations to launch our downloaded apps but until a software update comes that enables that feature, we are pretty much stuck with the stock predefined gestures.

 

Boasting a huge 3,500mAh battery, the Flash Plus should be able to last considerably longer than most of its peers in the market nowadays, on paper at least. And that appears to be the case in practice. We managed to get more than a day's worth of life with the device with normal usage, which includes texting, email-reading, social media, web-surfing, picture-taking and some music and game time. Its certainly not the longest battery life out there but its more than what most smartphones can churn out these days, and that's a big bonus everyone will appreaciate.    

 

Battery test conducted using Antutu Tester



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