Alcatel U5 3G 8GB Volcano Black with Cocoa Grey

  • Very affordable
  • Front-facing flash to light up your selfies
  • Simple Mode makes it easy for anyone to use
  • Textured back adds flair to the design
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Alcatel U5

The Alcatel U5 has more going for it than you might think at first glance. Yes, this is a basic phone, but it has a flash on its front-facing camera, allowing for bright selfies even in dim light, which is a feature many phones five times the price of this don’t offer.

And there are many phones five times the price of this, because the Alcatel U5 is very cheap, so it’s a great choice as a first phone or a spare handset.

And it’s not just the price that makes it a strong first smartphone choice, as the U5 also has a Simple Mode, which makes navigating the interface easy, even if you’ve never used a touchscreen before.

The Alcatel U5 also has a Face Show feature, which lets you turn your selfies into short video clips , while Face Mask lets you add masks and sound effects, and the 5MP rear camera will have you covered for all your other photography needs.

The design is fairly plain, but a textured back makes it easy to grip and gives it a much nicer appearance than a simple slab of plastic would offer, and with a microSD card slot supporting cards of up to 128GB there’s plenty of room for all your photos and apps.

The Alcatel U5 also has a reasonable sized 5-inch screen, so it’s not as tiny as you might expect for a budget handset, and its battery is a decent size too for the money, at 2,050mAh. All of which makes the Alcatel U5 a solid choice if you’re on a tight budget.


  • Dimensions (mm): 140.7 x 71.8 x 10
  • Weight (g): 164
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 2050
  • Colours: Volcano Black, White
  • Screen size (inches): 5.0
  • Resolution: 480 x 854
  • Pixels per inch (PPI): 196
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.1GHz
  • Processor make: MediaTek MT6737M
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal storage: 8GB
  • Expandable storage up to (GB): 128GB
  • Camera: 5MP (2MP front-facing)
  • Operating System: Android 6 Marshmallow



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