Until that happens, we will have to make many compromises in entry-level smartphones. We had earlier reviewed the Zen Cinemax 3 which did not entice us much. We hope that the new Pixi 4 smartphone from Alcatel might do something better.
Alcatel Pixi 4 Design and Build
This phone is available in different sizes across the world. In India we have a 5 inch variant. The build quality of the Alcatel Pixi 4 is good. The phone is made of plastic and the finish is also good. The thickness of the phone is 9.5 mm and with a weight of 169 grams, it also feels a bit heavy. However, the grip of the phone is good. Pixi 4 will be available in many color variants. We have Gold variant available.
Alcatel Pixi 4 flaunts a 5-inch capacitive display of 480×854 pixels resolution. Which is not new for a phone of this price. The quality of the panel disappoints more than it comes down to the resolution. The viewing angle is very poor, leaving a lot of spots on the display. Touch response is excellent but fingerprints act like a kiss on the display surface.
The Pixi 4 features a micro-USB port at the bottom, a 3.5mm audio jack on the top, and a notification LED near the front camera. The Alcatel Pixi 4 has navigation buttons that are not backlit. The rear cover and battery of the phone are removable. There are separate slots for two SIM cards and a microSD card in the phone. The charger, data cable, headset, screen guard and instruction leaflet will be found with the phone in the box. The quality of the accessory is good with the phone and especially according to the budget phone.
Alcatel Pixi 4 Specifications and Features
This phone has MediaTek MT6735M quad-core processor running at 1 GHz. The phone has 1 GB RAM and 8 GB storage. The CPU is good for doing basic work but the RAM and storage are very less which is disappointing. The user actually gets 3.6 GB of storage for use. But the storage can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. Although this does not solve the problem of RAM, but at least the user will not have a problem of space for the app.
Apart from this, the phone has features like Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b / g / n, FM radio and GPS. Talking about the sensor, this phone has an accelerometer and a proximity sensor. USB OTG will not be available in the phone. Pixi 4 supports all Indian bands and also supports VoLTE. Alcatel Pixi 4 uses a custom launcher but the interface is pretty much Android 6.0. Some nice visual touches have been added to the interface.
On opening the folder, you will get fold style animation. There are five shortcuts for the most used apps on the lock screen. And swiping right from the homescreen will bring up Alcatel’s OneTouch Streams feature, which gives you the option of weather, calendar events, news stories and wallpapers. They can be disabled when not needed.
WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, AVG Antivirus, Flipkart and all Jio apps come pre-installed in the phone. Jio welcome offer will also be available with Pixi 4. Apart from this there is also a Boost app that manages junk files and power saving mode, app. OneTouch Cloud is Alcatel’s cloud backup service. The Settings app has controls that support gestures.
Alcatel Pixi 4 Performance
To use all the software provided in Alcatel, Alcatel had to provide more RAM. With 1 GB of RAM, you hardly get 200 MB of free space, which is not enough for an Android smartphone that runs smoothly. There is a lot of problem while scrolling a list, running an app or even browsing. The app takes time to load and even simple tasks like dialing a number are not easy. The phone does not get very hot but we did feel the phone warm while using the camera.
Talking about the benchmark figures, the phone scored quite low as expected.
The video or audio experience on the Alcatel Pixi 4 is also not very good due to the screen. However, the phone can play video files up to 1080 pixels. The earpiece can also be used as a loudspeaker. It is fine for alerts but very weak for media files. Audio is decent from the accompanying headset.
There isn’t much to talk about the phone’s camera. This phone has 8 megapixel fixed focus rear camera while 5 megapixel front camera. There is a single LED flash with both the cameras. The quality of pictures coming from both the cameras is below average. And because of the lack of autofocus, forget about good close-up shots. Even in good light, the pictures are quite dull and washed out, while in low light the detail is lacking. Videos up to a maximum of 720 pixels can be recorded from the phone.
The phone’s camera interface is easy to use. The Pixi 4 has a shooting mode on the right and several other options on the right. Alcatel has also introduced a Polaroid mode that lets you add effects to photos as well as change frames. The rear and front flashes in the phone are quite weak and when the subject is near, as if the face does not get illuminated properly.
The Alcatel Pixi 4 is powered by a 2000mAh battery that lasted 7 hours and 47 minutes in our HD video loop test. During normal use, we noticed that the standby time is excellent and the battery lasts for a whole day, while not being very active for half a day. Charging is slow and the battery takes several hours to fully charge.
The Alcatel Pixi 4 was launched at Rs 4,999 but is currently being sold on Flipkart for Rs 5,499. It is a good entry-level smartphone that comes with Android Marshmallow and 4G VoLTE. However, be prepared for below average camera and app performance.
Karbonn Quattro L50 HD is still the better option at this price point. Apart from this, there is also InFocus Bingo 21. The problem with the current entry level smartphones in the market is that none of them are all-rounders. You have to compromise with the software or hardware in the phones of this segment.
The Pixi 4 could have been a better option if Alcatel had provided good hardware in it. We would also recommend you to try out options like Karbonn and InFocus in this segment.