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Alcatel Idol 5S

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Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

Alcatel Idol 5S

The Alcatel Idol 5s is a great budget phone, but the battery is its Achilles' heel. And that's a shame because it's one of the nicest looking budget phones you can buy.

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It runs Android Nougat 7.1.1, comes with 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

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The slick glass back has a rear camera, flash and fingerprint reader.

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The fingerprint reader can be used to unlock the phone but also has a bunch of finger-specific shortcuts that can be set up.

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The Idol 5S has a 12-megapixel rear camera and dual-tone LED flash. It shoots 1080p video and has electronic video stabilization.

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Images taken with the Idol 5S are good for its price but obviously can't compete with pictures from more expensive phones.

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One of the nicest features are the dual speakers that define the left and right sides of the phone when watching videos.

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A close up of a speaker grill.

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Across the bottom of the phone from left-to-right are a headset jack, microphone hole and USB-C port.

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The metal band around the phone bulges a bit around the headset jack.

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On the right side of the phone is a volume rocker.

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And on the left side is the sim card tray and a sleep/wake button.

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One of the phone's main competitors is the Moto G5 Plus. Both have similar specs, but in the US the Idol 5S (32GB and 3GB of RAM) is $20 cheaper than the G5 Plus (64GB and 4GB of RAM).

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For more about the Alcatel Idol 5S check out our full in-depth review.

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