Edited by Emeka Aginam
Before now, mobile networks were relying purely on 3G/UMTS technology, while struggling to cope with the needs of today’s data hungry users.
But today, the fourth generation long term evolution, 4G/LTE is the next stage in mobile network development as it provides users with much faster data speeds than 3G is able to.
The recent launch of the Glo 4G LTE network in Nigeria and the announcement of take off by operators including MTN and others has increased the demands for 4G LTE enabled SIM cards and smartphones by consumers.
One thing is clear. The introduction Alcatel Pop 4 series which is among the 4G LTE devices in Nigerian market has further raised the bar in the demand for LTE enabled handsets.
Running on Android 6.0 and powered by a 2500mAh non removable battery, the Alcatel Pop 4 series comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 293 pixels per inch.
The device boosts a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and a 1GB RAM as part of its hardware component while its 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card.
The device comes with an 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies that shoots great pictures that will actually surprise users. Both cameras come with individual LED flash.
The Alcatel Pop 4 is a dual SIM smartphone that accepts regular SIMs. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor.
The device is crafted with innovative features with long battery life, combining with the Marshmallow’s low battery usage to give it a very good rating compared to other devices in its range.
Offering HD voice as well as 4G LTE web browsing connectivity of up to 150Mbps, Alcatel Pop 4 device has some areas that could be improved such as the low end 1.1GHz processor and the RAM size that slows it down a little when it is pressured with multiple tasks and the internal storage space that could have been increased to 16 GB from the current 8 GB.
Like all other Alcatel devices, it offers more quality for less price than most competing devices. The Pop 4 comes with a 16 GB memory card inbox for Nigerian consumers.
Alcatel Pop 4 plus
Alcatel Pop 4 and Pop 4+ is an android based smart phone for the popular OEM Alcatel Mobile. It is the larger variant of the Alcatel Pop 4 but newer Pop 4 Plus also comes with some difference in the internal specification.
The device comes with the same polycarbonate body as the Alcatel Pop 4. The new device has a 5.5 inch IPS Display and 720P resolutions as the Alcatel Pop 4.
Powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor and possesses 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB expandable internal storage , 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front camera, the device runs on th Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, with a 2,500mAh battery. .
Bet that as it may, Alcatel’s main forte is in affordable phones for the general audience, rather than show-stopping premium handsets that wow with features but take your breath away with high price points. Combined with Marshmallow’s gentle approach to battery usage means that the Pop 4 has very good battery life.