Here’s all you need to know about the Alcatel Pixi 4 smartphone:
Design & Display
The design of the Alcatel Pixi 4 is very basic. It comes with a 4” display with soft keys underneath it with rather large icons. With a resolution of a meager 480 x 800 pixels, the Pixi 4 has nothing much to offer, in terms of display quality but it does the job. The back of the device is made up of a plastic cover. Sure, a removable cover; something that is becoming alien in the world of smartphones these days. This gives you access to the detachable battery, SIM card & microSD slots. You definitely read that right, this little cheap phone allows storage to be exp&ed up to 32GB.
At the top of the device is a 3.5mm headphone jack & the bottom houses the microUSB port.
As for its size, the Pixi is quite small & it fits very snug in the hand. Even as the plastic cover at the back does not look very visually pleasing it isn’t slippery in the slightest & it’s super light at 150g.
You are most likely intrigued as to what such a cheap smartphone can offer, so below are its technical specifications.
To me, they are the right specs for a device at this price. Might not be the highest of specs but at least you can still run apps.
If you’re thinking about taking selfies with the Alcatel Pixi 4 then forget about it. It has a VGA front-facing camera & that essentially means that it has a very minute resolution of about 640 x 480 pixels or 0.3 Megapixels. Acceptable standards for like ten years ago maybe but absolutely not today.
The rear camera, however, has a 3MP camera with flash. So, it is better but still not that great. If you need to take a pic of something, say for instance some contact details off a shop window because you cannot be bothered to note it down then that would be okay. But for images for memories? It’s a NO NO for me. It’s awfully low quality for a 2017 phone. Can you complain when the price is just for £29; at least it has a camera, Lol.
The Pixi 4 is a cheap smartphone & it without doubt performs like one too. With not even up to a gigabyte of RAM & a 1.3GHz processor, it can only do so much. So running many apps will cause a sluggish performance. It’s ok for general browsing though, and good for reading & writing emails & of course texts & phone calls. But it’s certainly not ideal for playing games & it’s doesn’t have the best display for watching videos.
To me, Alcatel Pixi 4 can serve as a great spare phone that you can take out with you when you go to festivals & concerts & anywhere you might be worried about losing your more posh smartphone. That said, the Pixi 4 would be an ideal phone for people who really just want to be able to communicate with other people & has no interest in a smartphone’s fancy features. A potentially ideal phone for the older generation, students, kids, for the sole purpose of being able to make phone calls & send texts. But, of course, there’s the advantage of being able to use apps as well, if need be.
Specifications of Alcatel Pixi 4
|Model||Alcatel Pixi 4 (5inch)|
|Operating System||Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.3GHz CPU|
|Chipset||Mediatek MTK 6580M|
|Card Slot||MicroSD Up to 32GB|
|Sensors||G-sensor, P/L sensor (by SW),|
Handsfree, FM Radio
|Dimensions||140.7 x 72.7 x 9.5mm|
|Others||Side keys: 2 (1 for power, 1 for volume)|
|Display Colors||16M Color|
|Size||5inchs , Capacitive Touch Screen|
|Flash, Camera and Video Zoom, HDR, Panorama, Photo editor, Photo live filters, Face detection, Geo tag, Video stabilization|
|Video capture||[email protected]:|
|Video playback||[email protected]|
|Battery Capacity||Removable 2000 mAh|
|Talk time||[email protected], [email protected]|
|Standby time||[email protected], 5[email protected]|
|Connectivity||GSM Quadband 850/900/1800/1900|
|HSPA+ (21M bit/s DL, 5.76Mbit/s UL)|
|Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct|
|GPS with A-GPS|
|Micro USB 2.0 high speed|
|USB Modem Tethering|
If you are interested in buying the Alcatel Pixi 4, you can pick it up today for just N25,000 from Jumia.com.ng Let me know in the comments if this review has been helpful to you, if you have the Pixi 4 and what you think of it.