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Alcatel's A5 adopts for low-key sparkle

Alcatel's new A5 has a LED-lined case can flash to the sound of your voice. The company also brought new A3 and U5 phones to Mobile World Congress and the Alcatel Plus 12 is a two-in-one Windows 10 hybrid.

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The big story about the otherwise ordinary Alcatel A5 is the optional case that's covered in LEDs.

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Snap it on and program the LEDs to light up when get a notification or sync to the sound of your voice

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The LEDS also will modulate with music. Just be warned that the case is powered by the phone's battery.

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The U5 is the trio's entry-level phone. Its 5-inch display has a 480x854-pixel resolution.

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Though it's technically the middle child, the A3 has the most powerful rear camera with a 13-megapixel resolution.

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The Alcatel Plus 12 is a two-in-one Windows 10 hybrid. You can use it just as a tablet or turn into a laptop by magnetically attaching it to the keyboard dock.

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All of the phones feel cheap -- which isn't surprising because they're not meant to be very expensive.

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The keyboard has a Qualcomm MDM9207 processor and 256MB of internal memory.

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The tablet portion has USB Type-C port and micro-HDMI ports, a microSD card slot and a 3.5-millimeter headset jack.

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