Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, Analysis: a Simple But Solvent Phablet

If there is anything good Android is the huge number of different terminals that we can be offered, since the highest range, with its sometimes prohibitive prices up to the range of input for the tightest budgets. In the latter group is the new Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, that has recently come to Spain.

Alcatel Pop 4 family is composed of 3 terminals: 4 Pop, Pop 4S which will later come to our country, and our protagonist, the Pop 4 Plus. Of the two that are already on sale in Spain, which we analyze is the phablet, similar in power, but for a public lover of the big screens.

Alcatel is a manufacturer that has a very wide on Android, but since they have not focused on the high end, they are not as well known as HTC, Samsung, or Sony. That does not mean that the French manufacturer is bad, because it is perfectly capable of making phones like the Idol 4 or 4S, which will go on sale sometime.

Technical specifications

Taking into account that the specifications are the perfect business card for many people, it is almost mandatory to start with this section. We must bear in mind that it is a range of input, don’t expect an amazing hardware for a phone that does not reach the €150.

Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, specifications
Physical dimensions 151 x 77 x 7.99 mm156 grams
Screen 5.5 inch
Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels, 267 DPI
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210Quad-core 1.1 GHz
Graphics processor Adreno 304
RAM 1.5 GB
Memory 16 GB + microSD up to 32 GB
Version Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Connectivity LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g / /, WiFi Direct GPS with A-GPS support4.0 Bluetooth A2DPFM radio
Cameras Rear: 8 MP auto-focus with LED flash, HD video and HDRFront: 5 MP with LED flash
Battery Battery 2500 mAh Li-Ion
Access to Google Play Yes, series
Starting price 149.99 EUR

The processor that drives this terminal is a humble Snapdragon 210 to 1.1 GHz, a quad – core, despite seem little thing, being able to move the system without many problems. Perhaps because of the price that has is could have expected a slightly better processor, such as the SnapDragon 410, which is at least 64 bits, but, as we shall see, not going too bad this nor.

As phablet that is, this Pop 4 Plus has a 5.5 inch display with HD resolution (1280 x 720) which, although it seems a little thing, we must bear in mind that we have a smartphone of €150. It has 1.5 GB of RAM, something justito, and storage of 16 GB expandable with microSD cards, those who are about 10.5 GB for the user.

As smartphone input range, it has a humble hardware, but that is not at odds with his range. It’s an economic phablet with balanced specifications and a more practical than elegant design.

The connectivity of the device is that you can expect from a phone of €150, has LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS support, and even FM radio, something that more than one will be valued. Or sensor tracks, NFC or things as we see in the list. Perhaps the latter had been well have it, but we are not going to ask too.

On the camera, turn (once again) to put into context with the price, so we have a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front. Both cameras have their own LED flash. Cameras we will discuss below, because I want to make something that has shocked me.

In terms of autonomy, we have a 2500 mAh battery, which also will talk about later. In principle, those 2500 mAh may seem justito taking into account the screen of the smartphone, but not all are numbers. Obviously, we cannot expect any rapid charging technology.

The terminal, at the hardware level, not noted anywhere if we abide by the data on paper, but we must bear in mind at all times of this analysis which is a mobile phone from €150. It is a smartphone for those who seek something simple for every day and want to enjoy multimedia content on your big screen.

Functional design, unpretentious

Alcatel is not a manufacturer that stands out specially for the design on their phone, perhaps we can put as an exception to the “reversible” as the Idol 4 phones to have an elegant design and this peculiarity to use any of your two speakers for calls, but ultimately there are none that can differentiate from others.

Taking into account that our protagonist has a price of €150, We cannot expect the most premium of the market. The material used to build this terminal is plastic, whose quality is good. When removing the lid, plastic is not too soft, but not excessively rigid, does not seem to be a plastic that is going to deteriorate in a few months.

On the front we are, as a predominant element, its 5.5-inch screen. Frames are not overly large, but there is a significant reduction. The bottom frame is pretty well spent if we consider that there are capacitive buttons.

Under the screen, when this is off, the central circle-shaped button, looks so that when it is off it seems to mimic an iPhone, but when you play any of the buttons on screen, the 3 buttons are illuminated. At the top we find the typical (camera, LED notifications…), adding a LED flash for the selfies.

At the back we find the camera, which protrudes slightly, LED flash, and at the bottom, a speaker with a small protrusion to obstruct not too sound when it is on a table. The back cover can be removed for access to the 2 slots for SIM and microSD cards, but the battery cannot be removed.

Its design is not for the most loving the premium Terminal, it’s a plastic terminal, that Yes, good quality, which is not known for its beauty, but it is not unpleasant.

On the top we have the jack 3, 5mm and a microphone noise cancellation, heeled and lower edge towards the left side, the microUSB connector and microphone, and on the right we have the power and buttons volume, leaving the left edge completely clean.

The side buttons have a good tour, they are not too hard or too soft, and are differentiated relatively well. The main problem I’ve found is that the power button is too high (let us not forget that we are talking about a phablet), so it was not very easy to reach with one hand without making módena.

In conclusion, it is a terminal that is more practical than elegant in the design section, and although they could have been better used frames, they are not as exaggerated as in other more expensive terminals.

See complete gallery» Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, design (6 photos)

A screen in the Middle for your price

The screen having this Pop 4 Plus is of 5.5 inches and HD resolution (1280 x 720), resulting in a density of 267 DPI, and its technology is IPS. As you might expect, the colors are quite natural due to the technology of this screen, and the brightness is sufficient, although low direct sunlight too well won’t be so even if the brightness is the most.

Angles of vision, even though they are not bad, nor are none of the other world, because when you look at it more than side you see how getting a little dark, but taking into account the price of the terminal, is a fairly acceptable screen, with one sufficient resolution and that you won’t be disappointed if you are looking for something cheap.

During the days that you have been using response to my touches, although it has not been bad, that I have noticed that lacks a bit of sensitivity, giving the sensation that I sometimes have to touch the screen with a little more than force. In any case, and returning to take into account the price, the experience we can consider it good.

Good performance for everyday life and autonomy above the average

In terminals of €150 cannot be expected to highlight especially in these sections, but it is also true that they are not bad if we take into account, as it was the range of input of, for example, 2 years ago. In general, for a modest features phone, I can say that I am satisfied.

Processor that drives this Pop 4 Plus is the Snapdragon 210, a 1.1 GHz 4-core and 32-bit processor. Perhaps, considering the price, could you have opted for a 410 Snapdragon and improve this section significantly. They accompany him 1.5 GB of RAM that, once again, you seem to me rather justitos.

It every day, with more or less basic applications, browsing normal websites and movement by the interface, is a terminal, usually enough fluid. I have yet to meet significant stoppages during the days that what I used, perhaps it some, but nothing worrisome for a mobile from €150.

In the games section, in the simplest not I found problems, couldn’t run smoothly and you could play smoothly, taking care, that Yes, the theme that the screen does not respond as well as the high-end.

In some demanding as Asphalt 8, I could run without problems with the graphics that come by default, Although that Yes, the loading screen will see it more than expected. It takes to load, but once inside you will not find with jerks during the race. The gyroscope does not react excessively fast, Although I do not think you do to spoil any career.

Regarding autonomy, I think that this is one of the most positive points that I found at this terminal. While its 2500 mAh battery seems small for a 5.5-inch HD screen, the reality is that * I could get 1 day and half the typical mail, some Whatsapp and social networks. If you spend some time with demanding games, you will have to put it to load at the end of the day.

See complete gallery» Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, benchmarks (11 photos)

In hours of screen, the terminal is able to endure a whole day with about 4 hours of active screen, a figure that is not known, but that is positive for the battery capacity. While 2500 mAh seems a rather low amount, the management of the system is efficient enough to deliver a good autonomy.

During these days I have used it with the launcher that comes by default and I have not used any time energy saving, so I can say that the autonomy has left me happy for what was expected, although we would have liked to test it more thoroughly to give data more accurate past time.

Benchmarks Alcatel Pop 4 Plus(Qualcomm Snapdragon 210)
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited: 4209
Geekbench 3 Single-Core: 292 pointsMulti-Core: 986 points
AnTuTu v6.1.4 21.197 points
EPIC Citadel Ultra High Quality: 28.5 FPS
Vellamo Chrome Browser: 1427 pointsMetal: 724 pointsMulticore: 928 points

Decent camera day, disastrous evening

Here comes a point which has been very shocking to me in a couple of aspects, but before that, let’s remember that the resolution of the main camera is 8MP with (supposedly) f/2.0 aperture, while the front is 5 MP with Aperture f/2.4. As for video, it is capable of recording with a maximum resolution of 720 p at 30 fps.

It has the time to talk about the experience with cameras. The front can be said that it is pretty decent for a €150 terminal, with a good in perfect light photos. Low light you won’t have no choice but to use the LED flash, but you have the problem of being too powerful, so it can easily burn you the photos, and even leave you blind.

The rear camera is a separate matter, because that day, as you might expect, It is quite salvageable, even good photos. It has a dynamic range very beyond no captures the detail of a high-end, but talk about a phone range input, so when full daylight photos there will be you wrong.

The problem comes with low-light, I have the habit of putting cameras in all sorts of situations. Photos I took them in a countryside location, where there was some street lamps illuminating a little far away, but close enough to light the way, and resulted in almost totally black photos.

Even when you own lanterns photos, it captured very little light, which was rare. I did the following night was compared to an HTC One S with 12.1 CM, my mobile more veteran, and the result was a landslide victory for the Taiwanese. Did not understand it, how it was possible that he grasped much less light than the One S if they had the same opening f/2.0?

The response I got when I consulted the photo details, and is that There appeared that the opening of the camera was f/2.8. Seen this, deleted the night shots (which were, basically an almost black image at all) and I gave by winner to my veteran. Maybe it was thing of the terminal in particular, but this opening was shown in pictures.

The camera during the day it behaves quite well for a terminal €150, but at night the photos tend to be much darker which can be expected with a brass f/2.0. And is that details of the Gallery shows has an opening f/2.8.

The gallery app problem? Problem of the terminal that I tried in particular? Wrong sensor? Not the slightest idea, but if you buy this terminal, what more you want, do not go to take pictures of night, maybe even the rear flash will save them.

As regards the camera application itself, is not a disaster as some Chinese manufacturers, It is relatively intuitive, with one sufficient amount of ways, the most basic, to not complicate your life. It is not a too rapid camera, but it not despair, though out the good pictures you need to take your time to focus on.

With regard to the HDR mode, will require 3 or 4 extra seconds and the result does not improve in excess, even at night, where it is still the same disaster. In general, if you want to take pictures with this terminal, which has a number of light behave well rather high, in those moments, I would say even better than the average mobile €150.

See complete gallery» photos Alcatel Pop 4 Plus (7 photos)

Current software, but with much bloatware

The most positive of this point is that it comes from the factory with 6.0 Android Marshmallow, with all the advantages which this gives, like Doze mode, the management of permissions or Now on Tap. Unfortunately we are not pure Android, but that brings its own layer of personalization, somewhat aggressive, but which maintains several features of the purest version of the operating system.

As a screen located more to the left, we have a kind of feed of news and weather that could operate in a more fluid way, because not infrequently, it takes several seconds to load. Luckily, in the management of home screens (leaving pressed free of a screen somewhere) you can turn off this, which I highly recommend.

Of the 16 GB of storage that brings enough, at the end there are about 10.5 GB to user, something less than many other terminals. The problem is that brings a considerable amount of bloatware, where will see, in addition, some games that possibly we will not play in life. Fortunately, there is possibility of putting a microSD up to 32 GB.

Aesthetically is not too ugly layer, mostly because it preserves various traces of Material Design and some features do not change, as the curtain of notifications or the settings section. Not it reduces just the performance of the device, so that we could consider it almost lightly coat (especially if you turn off the screen on the left).

As for bloatware, it brings too much for my taste, and not only the typical Google apps, but several of Alcatel which probably do not use (although I admit that there are some that have potential to be useful) and several somewhat simple games. Luckily, at least part of these applications, can be removed without problem.

See complete gallery» Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, software (7 photos)

Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, Xataka Android view

When an analysis is made or is considered to be a device, It should be done, always taking into account the price of the same, There is often much controversy about a terminal with good specifications but very cheap when compared with other folding him in price. We must always bear in mind the price of the mobile.

Talking about a mobile € 150 as the Alcatel Pop 4 Plus, which is also a phablet, It is a terminal that would consider enough “affordable”, It has very good qualities as, for example, its autonomy (get to the day and a half with a device so thought me it positive), but also has flaws like the camera when there is little light.

Is not the best in its price range, there are beasts as which takes Xiaomi, but If you want something that you don’t have to bring China and you can shop almost immediately, Pop 4 Plus could enter in your list. There are absences that we consider important, such as the NFC, and some not so much, as the fingerprint sensor, but are excusable to seeing its price.

I believe that during all this analysis it has become clear that has taken into account the cost of this terminal, without compare with the range more high of the year, as it would be losing everything. Taking into account the kind of terminal which is, going beyond our notes:

In favour

  • Offset hardware
  • Good autonomy
  • Android Marshmallow series

Against

  • Vision outdoors
  • The House of night
  • Excess of bloatware