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Alcatel Flash Plus Hands-on, First Impressions: A New Challenger Appears

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We go hands-on with the Alcatel Flash Plus!

The sub 9K smartphone segment that has long been dominated by local brands has been completely turned on its head in the past few months. It started with ASUS’ Zenfone 5 last year, and was further disrupted by the arrival of Meizu’s M1 Note a few months ago. Now with the imminent release of Alcatel’s Flash Plus and the arrival of Lenovo’s A7000, the battle of the king of the lower mid-range market has never been hotter.

Alcatel Flash Plus beside its biggest rival, the Meizu M1 Note
Alcatel Flash Plus beside its biggest rival, the Meizu M1 Note

Today we’re taking a look at a phone that has the chops to upset Meizu’s M1 Note as the current king of the lower mid-range market: the Alcatel Flash Plus. With a drastically lower SRP and an oddly similar spec sheet, the Flash Plus is poised to take snatch the crown from the M1 Note. Before we begin, let’s take a look at the specs:

Alcatel Flash Plus specs

  • 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6752M octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS OGS display, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, Sony IMX214 sensor
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM, dual LTE
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFI, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, USB OTG
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Php 6,490

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Initial Impressions: Light weight and solid, with plenty of power under the hood

The Flash Plus sports a design that’s fairly conservative and safe, sporting gentle rounded corners and slightly rounded back for better grip. Much like the M1 Note, the Flash Plus utilizes a unibody plastic construction, which means that the battery is non removable which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

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The Flash Plus is a dual SIM, dual LTE device, with SIM slots on both sides of the device. Unlike the M1 Note, the Flash Plus has a microSD slot located on the left side of the phone, which allows you to further expand the 16GB of storage that the device has. We liked the fact that the SIM and microSD slots can be opened with your bare hands without the need for a specialized SIM ejector tool.

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The 5.5-inch IPS display is protected by Dragontrail glass and is of relatively good quality. The bezels on the sides aren’t as thick as you’d expect on a budget device, which is surprising. The three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the display tells us that the device still runs Android 4.4 KitKat, even though it runs a 64-bit octa-core processor. The Flash Plus runs a custom UI on top of KitKat which is similar to the offerings of other Chinese manufacturers, since it strips out the traditional app drawer and places all your apps outside.

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Speaking of hardware, the Flash Plus runs an octa-core MediaTek MT6752M processor running at 1.5GHz paired with 2GB of RAM. In our benchmark test with AnTuTu, the Flash Plus managed to score around 43224 points which is quite impressive, considering what price it’ll retail for.

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The Alcatel Flash Plus is projected to be priced at Php 6499, which is far cheaper than Meizu’s M1 Note that previously retailed for Php 7990. At that price point, the phone is a great deal – especially considering the alternatives. The phone will be a Lazada exclusive, and is expected to go on sale any day now.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. Nice! Good products at a reasonable price. The battle for mid tier phones has never been tighter! Tapos ang maliligayang araw ng Cherry at MyPhone. Yari sila dapat low end specs at mid tier prices. hahaha!

    1. how ignorant. di naman cheap ang alcatel ah. maganda naman ang quality, and most phones these days are rebranded, so it doesn’t matter na talaga kung ano brand nito, basta’t careful kayo sa pag pili ng unit itself. I guess you’re one of those “OMG iPhone lang tologo the rest is for poor people hohoho”. smh

    1. nakabili ako ng infinity 2 lite last 2 weeks, pero nung nakita ko ito, parang makakasuntok na ako ng tao. kailangan talagang magresearch muna bago bumili XD.

      (btw, anong anime nasa prof. pc mo :D)

  2. malapit na siya irelease, pustahan tayo magaadjust nanaman ang CM dito, ung myphone kasi lagapak na sa kapalpakan eh, rio 2 tsaka infinity 2 lite parehong fail eh,, pampauto lang,


      1. sir john yun gawin mo sa mga susunod na screenshot, gusto ko makita mga gunpla mo. HAHAHA. 😀

  3. sana magkareview na Camera nito para magkaalaman na at macompare sa ZenFone, lagi na lng kasi Zenfone nababasa ko, hehe:)

  4. Sekai’s sister would buy this phone.

    But seriously, It looks okay, but the UI just needs more updates.

  5. what is really the camera of this fone??? imx214 has an aperture of 2.0 but according to yugatech it has 2.2??? please confirm

    1. depends on the camera configuration, the sensor is just that-the sensor. pwedeng iba iba aperture depende sa final design ng lens.

  6. i hope the price doesn’t go up like Meizu M1 Note. Pati daw white version nasa 8,599 na din nang pumunta ako sa Novo7tech sa gateway mall.

  7. Hindi ko alam kung sa angle lang pero mukhang mas maganda screen ng M1 Note. Washed out agad yung screen saka mas crisp yung detail sa M1 Note pero overall, mas bang for the buck ang Flash Plus. Sana i-release din ng TCL yung Idol 3 dito.

  8. I got this phone from Lazada yesterday. It is a very good (in fact, a great) buy as what the reviews are telling. It is a descent phone for it’s price. I recommend this to those who are looking for a smartphone that has almost ‘high-end’ specs for an affordable cost. As of now, the only downside of this phone is the non-availability of accessories (casing, tempered glass, etc..)

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