Here’s a good indicator of the price of the new phone if it ever gets here
Alcatel’s most recent smartphone, the quad-camera toting Flash 2017 was announced without too much fanfare a few days ago. Among the things missing from the product page where Alcatel silently posted the new device was pricing for the quad-camera smartphone. While we can’t tell you when the phone will land in the PH market, we can give you an estimate on how much it’ll probably be if it eventually makes its way here.
Alcatel Flash (2017) Specs
- 2.3GHz Helio X20 deca core processor
- Mali T880 GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, Dragontrail glass protection, 1920 x 1080 resolution
- 32GB of expandable storage
- 13-megapixel color sensor, 13-megapixel monochrome sensor, Sony IMX258 f/2.0 aperture lens, PDAF and dual tone LED flash
- 8-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel front secondary camera, f/2.0 aperture lens
- Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C connector
- 3,100mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
A listing on international e-commerce site AliExpress shows that the 2017 version of the Flash will be priced at $199, or around 10K. Interestingly, the listing for the phone refers to the device as the Flash X, and not as the Flash 2017 as was originally posted. The name discrepancy may mean that the phone may have different names in different markets it launches in.
The listing also contains a few more glimpses into how the dual rear cameras of the phone will work. Aside from providing the phone with depth information, the Flash 2017’s two cameras combine shots taken with both the color and monochrome sensor to create a single image. This by the way is the same technique that Huawei uses for its high-end dual-camera efforts such as the P9, Mate 9 and the P10.
Again, no idea of eventual local pricing or if this particular phone will even arrive here, but if you’re adventurous you can always try your luck with AliExpress and buy the phone from there. We’ve put together an easy to follow guide for you to do exactly that, and since the phone squeaks through the new sub-10K de minimis rule of customs, you can grab one without fear of getting stung by import taxes though you will have to still comply with the NTC type approval requirement if you choose to buy it.