I really waited for this phone. I thought I would be getting it immediately it was made available in Kenya. But seems like I can’t cough up around Ksh. 27,000 right now. I am contented with my 4000mAh battery.

This device has been described by very many tech reviewers as the best mid-range smartphone right now. I haven’t used it yet. So I cannot really affirm that. But I believe it is a good device. I had hoped to write a full review after using it, but seems like I will have to settle at a post on its specs.

 

Main:

The phone comes running Android 5.0 Lollipop on a Octa Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset.

RAM is 2GB and internal storage is 16GB/32GB. An external memory card slot is available for you to increase storage upto 128GB.

 

Display & Design:

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Screen size is 5.5 inches and the resolution is Full HD (1080p). That translates to a pixel density of about 401 pixels per inch. Whoa.

Though I personally don’t like the phone’s shape and general look, every reviewer has lauded the design. Maybe because of the feel in the hand and the premium-ish finish. The symmetrical look and design means you get to use your phone anyhow. Whether you pick it upside down or not, you’re good to go.

 

Cameras:

The back camera is 13MP with autofocus and LED flash. It can shoot 1080p videos at 30fps.

The front camera is 8MP and can also shoot 1080p videos. That means very clear video calls. I think this is better than the Galaxy J5 and J7 front cameras?

 

Audio:

Front facing speakers. Plus audio by JBL. Bliss.

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Battery: 

The batter is 2910mAh which I am sure is enough to last a day on normal use. I wish battery was even 3000mAh to the least though.

 

If I manage to get this phone, be sure there’ll be a more comprehensive review. I especially want to see how the Camera performs and compare it to the 13MP on the Galaxy J5 and J7.

Is it the best mid-ranger? It just could be.

Safaricom is selling the 4.7 inch version (which is a bit stripped down) at Ksh. 25,000.



  • Ian Tom

    Hi,I only came upon your site accidentally recently and I’m loving it. It’s good to see a Kenyan jumping into the tech review fields especially when I’m used to looking into sites like technobuffalo and the likes to get information about tech(which is only good for the American and Europe market). I’ve recently been toying with the idea of buying a new phone(I currently own a Nokia Lumia 730) and I would like to get an android phone of between Ksh.20,000 to 30,000 with at least 16GB rom and more than 1.5GB ram.The Alcatel idol 3 5.5″ has really caught my eye as it has everything that I’m looking for and online reviews have particularly been favorable. Do you know where I can get it since the online Safaricom shop only lists the 4.7″ version? And do you have any suggestions of any other good phones I can get for the price and with the specs above?

    • Thank you very much.

      I seriously have no idea where to get the 5.5″ version. Maybe doing an order through Amazon and finding a way to get it in Kenya. I’m not sure. But if I find a way I’ll let you know here.

      Check out the Samsung Galaxy J7. Or the Wiko Ridge 4G.

  • Dennis Angelo

    the j5 and j7 phones are nice but the price though. I think the Alcatel idol 3(5.5 version not
    the expensive 4.7) is a great deal considering performance due to near stock android as compared to the
    touchwiz skin.

  • Dennis Angelo

    the j5 and j7 phones are nice but the price though. I think the Alcatel idol 3(5.5 version not
    the expensive 4.7) is a great deal considering performance due to near stock android as compared to the
    touchwiz skin.