New Alcatel phone has four cameras

by Haadi Bakar
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As if two cameras on a smartphone aren’t enough these days, Alcatel quietly unleashed a new smartphone that is equipped with four cameras!

The Alcatel Flash packs dual lens camera units on both front and rear sides of the phone. That’s more than what the recent flagship phones with dual-lens rear camera systems such as the Huawei P9 and Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus are offering.

The rear-facing cameras on the Alcatel Flash both have 13-megapixel sensors, one RGB (colour) and one monochrome, similar to Huawei’s implementation on its Leica-engineered P9 cameras (to simulate depth-of-field for those creamy soft backgrounds). Both lenses have wide f/2.0 apertures. One of the two sensors at least support 4K video recording.

Meanwhile, the front cameras has an 8-megapixel sensor and a second 5-megapixel sensor for depth of focus effects. It’s technically like using the iPhone 7 Plus’ portrait mode for selfies!

The front-facing dual cameras also get f/2.0 lenses, great for taking selfies in low light.

The new Alcatel Flash has not two, but four cameras! Image courtesy of Alcatel.

Everything else, the Alcatel Flash runs on a pretty powerful processor, the Mediatek Helio X20 ((deca-core CPU with 2xCortex-A72), and has a 5.5-inch Full-HD IPS display, 32GB internal storage, 3GB of RAM and a 3,100mAh battery.

The Android-powered phone also features a fingerprint sensor, supports dual SIM (which will surely get Goh De No’s attention) and USB-C port.

Alcatel has yet to announce pricing and release date for its new cuatro-camera flagship.

The dual rear camera fad has only just begun. LG is already on-board with last year’s V20 and the new G6 recently, and Huawei recently announced the P10, the successor to the P9, with upgraded dual-camera system that the Chinese company co-engineered with Leica.

We’ve also seen two new phones this year rocking dual cameras on the front; the Vivo V5 Plus and the Oppo F3 Plus.

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