At IFA 2016, which will be held in Berlin from 2 to 7 September 2016, the company TCL Communication has introduced a new smartphone under brand Alcatel Shine Lite. Today we make a review of new smartphone Alcatel Shine Lite.
The Alcatel succeeded with IDOL 4, this model was the replacement of the flagships of famous companies, at a cost of 19 990 rubles it apart price / quality ratio and the fact that in Russia you can find it for less money, making it even more attractive. In parallel with this smartphone at Alcatel created a model Alcatel Shine Lite an idea which can be described as follows: the most affordable smartphone with quality materials, with a good display, normal cameras. Alcatel The task was simple – to create a smartphone that will attract those who are considering the price / quality ratio and unit plans to buy a model for a long time. This is a reasonable purchase, which, however, should not be deprived of the pleasant features of the older models. And it seems to me, here at Alcatel were able to achieve some success. From champions came a sound chip, which makes the sound more interesting device than all classmates at the same price. Excellent screen, though not with the maximum resolution. Very often, these products are a compromise, but Alcatel Shine Lite looks like a reasonable approach to the mid-segment model. This quest for the ideal in the segment up to $ 200. And reading smartphone from Alcatel proved to be very successful, however, everything in order.
Why this smartphone called the “glow”? The answer lies in the body, which is made of glass with rounded, popular 2.5D effect and the glass itself is traditional for us – Dragontrail. Oleophobic coating is present, but at the expense of the figure turns out that the body does not show traces of the hands, like we see in Honor 8, but it sets completely different level, their value varies twice. But look at them together, can we say that Alcatel looks much worse? I think that clearly highlight some of the devices can not.
The model comes in several colors, each looks quite interesting.
With dimensions 141.5h71.2h7.45 mm and weight of 156 grams is a compact and very convenient device, it fits easily in your hand. Molded housing, the build quality is excellent. Tray for SIM-card (nanoSIM) combined with a memory card.
On the right side is the on / off button, in the same volume button. fingerprint sensor is put to the back cover, this is a typical solution for Chinese companies. It should be noted that, unlike many budget models, there is a print sensor works fine, recognizes the finger and instantly unlocks the device.
On the upper and lower ends are placed microphones, noise reduction system works well. microUSB connector imposed on the lower end, 3.5 mm jack – at the upper end. Building on the fine, which is typical for Alcatel.
The front panel has a light indicator, it informs of missed events, but also it can be disabled in the menu.
Based on the performance in front of us ordinary IPS-display with a diagonal of 5 inch, HD-resolution and automatic adjustment of brightness. The screen is excellent and wins even Pop Series models, which are positioned above. I like his behavior in the sun, as well as how this device behaves in a room. For its level of the screen is very, very good.
The device is able to work a full day, with an average load at a moderate – 2 days. Capacity Li-Ion Battery – 2460 mAh. Claimed battery life in standby mode – up to 430 hours, talk time – up to 10 hours.
Continuous video playback time – 7 hours.
The phone has a built-in utility for power limitation (disables certain functions), it is enabled by default when you reach 15% charge. Also there was a “Optimizing battery”, in fact, this restriction background application performance, you can add or remove them from the list, something similar we see on Samsung’s flagship.
Full charging time – about 90 minutes, supported by Quick Charge technology.
The unit provides 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in (system and applications take up about 5 GB), can be expanded with memory cards up to 128GB.
Chipset MediaTek MT6737, 4-core to 1.3 GHz. The average performance of solutions that can be seen in the synthetic tests. But in everyday life, in the menu, you will not notice it, it works quite quickly.
The front camera has a flash for the Self, its resolution – 5 megapixels. The standard for the latest generation of devices have uluchshalki skin, oval face, and similar stuff. They can be turned off. Photo quality is good.
The main camera has auto focus, resolution – 13 megapixels. The picture quality is not perfect, but very good for this level of device.
The model supports 4G (LTE FDD 1/3/7/8/20), also has NFC, Wi-Fi, BT 4.2, USB & BT Modem Tethering – in a word, a standard set of technologies, without any special features.
About the standard Android applications, there is no sense to speak separately, you can read about them in a separate review.
The Alcatel trying not much change the standard Android, but still bring their changes, including the Android 6. In the main menu mode from the icons have a circle, and when pressed opens a mini-window. Want to uncover the entire application – click on the button again.
The phone has FM-radio, a set of typical functions. Voice recorder, calculator, compass, and built-in memory manager.
On the role of music app launched “Mix”, it can not only listen to music, but also to mix it, apply different effects, turn the machine into a horizontal orientation sufficiently. Do I need it? For young people, such entertainment may be appropriate, but it is a toy, which should not be overestimated, become a DJ will not work with him, although understanding of this and can be formed. Unlike older IDOL, there is no separate EQ and volume control implemented poorer but have a built uluchshalka sound, which can include. The device sounds simpler than IDOL 4, but in class he clearly stands out on the music capabilities.
There is also a screen with various corporate news, exchange rates, and applications, you can customize it on your own.
No complaints on the voice quality is not, the ringer volume is very good, it was clean and vociferous. Vibrating alert is average in power.
Alcatel Shine Lite will be available in October at a price of about 13 000 rubles. Who are obvious rival for her? We can recall similar characteristics model Samsung A5 2015, its cost in Russia – about 15 000 rubles. A little worse sound, no fingerprint sensor, but otherwise these devices are very similar.
An interesting alternative may be a ZTE Blade V7, in Euroset, he is the same 13 000 rubles. Slightly better than the screen resolution, but not the brightness and other parameters, simpler case, but there is a fingerprint sensor. Decent machine, but with a few design all boring.
As you can see, such devices on the market a lot, but they all tend to cost 15-16 thousand rubles with similar characteristics. Another important point, they can not boast of a combination of metal and glass, which we observe in Alcatel Shine Lite, and it highlights the model. The bottom line is it that the device looks nice, also it has an audio chip and running pretty quickly. Nice working machine at a reasonable price. It seems to me, in a segment of up to 13 000 rubles has turned a potential bestseller, which is precisely to pay attention.