Alcatel Pixi 4 (5)

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Alcatel Pixi 4 (5)
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Key Specs
  • Display 5.00-inch (480x854)
  • Processor MediaTek MTK6735M
  • Front Camera 5MP
  • Rear Camera 8MP
  • RAM 1GB
  • Storage 8GB
  • Battery Capacity 2000mAh
  • OS Android 6.0
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateSeptember 2016

Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) Review

By Roydon Cerejo (Nov 17, 2016)
Roydon Cerejo
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Decent build quality
  • 4G with VoLTE support
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Bad
  • Sluggish overall performance
  • Fixed-focus camera
  • Lacklustre display

Entry-level Android smartphones are long overdue for a makeover and we’re not talking about just the cosmetic side of things. High-end smartphone features are being rapidly adopted by mainstream phones, which is why the Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 smartphone segment is flourishing, and now we feel it's high time that they trickle down even further. 

Until that happens, we have to make do with a lot of compromises in the entry-level segment. Our last encounter here was with the Zen Cinemax 3 (Review) which didn’t make a strong impression on us. We’re hoping that Alcatel has better luck with the new Pixi 4 smartphone.

Alcatel Pixi 4 design and build
The phone is available in a number of sizes globally. In India, we have the 5-inch version. Build quality of the Alcatel Pixi 4 is decent as the plastics used feel durable and the finish isn’t crude. It’s a bit on the thicker side at 9.5mm and also a little heavy at 169 grams. However, the grip and ergonomics are fairly good. The Pixi 4 is available in multiple colour trims, of which we have the gold version today.

The 5-inch capacitive display on the Alcatel Pixi 4 has a low 480x854 pixel resolution, which is not uncommon in this price segment. More than the resolution being low, it’s the quality of the panel that’s disappointing. The vertical and horizontal viewing angles are poor which leaves you with a very narrow sweet-spot in which the display can be seen as intended, before colours begin inverting. Touch response is fairly decent but the display surface is a magnet for fingerprints.

Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) Summary

The Alcatel Pixi 4 is an entry-level smartphone with support for 4G LTE and VoLTE. The device features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 480x854 pixels. Although the resolution is low, the bigger problems here are that its quality isn’t good and it has very poor viewing angles. The phone is powered by a MediaTek MT6735M quad-core SoC, along with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The latter is low but can be mitigated by adding a microSD card. The phone supports 4G with VoLTE and runs on Android Marshmallow. Performance is pretty sluggish due to the low specifications. The rear 8-megapixel camera is a fixed-focus sensor so the quality of pictures is generally below average. At Rs. 5,499, the phone feels too underpowered for us to recommend.

Alcatel Pixi 4 (5) Full Specifications

General
Brand Alcatel
Model Pixi 4 (5)
Release date September 2016
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 140.70 x 72.50 x 9.50
Weight (g) 169.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2000
Removable battery Yes
Colours Metal Silver, Metal Gold, Volcano Black, Sharp Blue
SAR value 0.31
Display
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 480x854 pixels
Hardware
Processor 1GHz one-core
Processor make MediaTek MTK6735M
RAM 1GB
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 32
Camera
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Front flash Yes
Software
Operating system Android 6.0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
GPS Yes
Bluetooth No, v 4.00
NFC No
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones Yes
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) No
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope No
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No
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