24 Hours with Alcatel’s New Budget Smartphone, the Pop 4


As is always the case, only the shiny more capable and better-specced devices at the top of the food chain get all the attention. The rest, which more often than not end up reaching more people thanks to their affordability, hardly ever get the spotlight they need. That has been the case with Alcatel’s Idol and Pop series of smartphones. The former is the glitzy upper mid-range affair we have been losing our heads over while the latter is the more budget type we only glance at in passing.

You will be forgiven for not being aware that it existed but the Pop 4 series was unveiled early this year at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona alongside the Idol 4 and 4S smartphones.

I have had with me for the last 24 hours the Alcatel Pop 4 which is the junior-most member of the Pop 4 series. The Pop 4+ and Pop 4S are slightly bigger and pack better specifications.

For the short time I have had the device, I am sold. I will be totally sold if Alcatel puts an attractive price tag on the device.

With a 5-inch HD IPS display, a Snapdragon 210 processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB onboard storage (expandable), a removable 2,500mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, the Pop 4 does not struggle to impress. There’s also a pair of 8 and 5-megapixel cameras on the back and front respectively. They are both accompanied by LED flash, something we are not accustomed to seeing on such devices. And there’s 4G LTE support as well.

The entire Alcatel Pop 4 series will be made available in the Kenyan market soon and we’ll be sure to have an in-depth look at it then. Like the Idol 4S we already had a sneak peek at, we also don’t know how much the device will go for and can’t wait to know. Before that happens, I’ll leave you with a gallery of the Alcatel Pop 4 below.