Face it, selfies are pretty much the main reason many of us use our phone cameras these days. But a good selfie requires a few things: a front camera that can capture your mug with enough resolution, a flash for those times when the lighting isn't great and maybe a few apps for editing your work.
Alcatel's new Shine Lite, which the company introduced this week at IFA here in Berlin, has all of those things plus one more feature that's all the rage these days, a fingerprint sensor. It all comes in a neat design with a metal trim and back and front sides covered in glass.
The main camera is 13 megapixels. Next to it is a flash and below is the round sensor for touching your finger and unlocking the phone. The 5-megapixel front shooter also has a flash and sits just above the 5-inch display. After you've taken all those selfies, they're stored in a dedicated Selfie Album and you can create videos with your vanity shots with an app called Face Show. Another app, called Split Catcher, promises you to capture a scene with both cameras and create a collage. I wasn't able to try it during our demo.
Like most other Alcatel phones, there's nothing about the Shine Lite that's particularly remarkable save for price. An unlocked model should be below 199 euros, converting to about $225, £170 or AU$295. Still, that puts it on par with the Motorola Moto G4 Plus ($249 or £199, which converts to about AU$330), which also has a fingerprint sensor. As we've long considered the Moto G family to be a prime example of how to build a budget phone, Alcatel will have to work hard to compete. We'll know for sure how the Shine Lite fares if we secure one for a full review. The Shine Lite will be released in Europe, the Americas and Asia this month.
Specs and key features
- 13-megapixel main camera with dual-tone flash
- 5-megapixel front camera with flash
- 5-inch HD (720p) display
- Fingerprint sensor
- Comes in black, gold and white
- Metal frame with glass front and back sides