5-inch P6190 Alcatel Flash 2 aims to be the budget but beautiful camera phone – first thoughts

Here’s a phone that wants to be “picture-perfect” and budget-friendly. It’s just-right-sized (5-inches), spot-on priced (P6,190 on Lazada on Sept. 30), and has a selfie camera with a good LED flash (we tested it and we love it) that doesn’t make you look like a corpse. (Low light selfies here we go!) On paper (specs and price) and upon initial testing (we got some hands on time), we’re impressed with the Alcatel Flash 2.

Alcatel Flash has a name for what most of us do with our camera phones – mobigraphy, or mobile photography. “[With the Alcatel Flash 2] we continue to provide accessibility and convenience to the users to shoot their best moments,” said Albert Wong, Alcatel Flash General Manager. Read our quick review of the Flash 2 here.

  • The Alcatel Flash 2 is easy to hold.
  • Grip-friendly texture on the back.

The focus on lifestyle usage, mobile photography, convenience, and accessibility are all reflected in what the Alcatel Flash 2 offers. Here are my first thoughts:

Feels good in your hand. The curved sides, grip-friendly texture on the sides and back, and just right 5-inch size (not phablet obscene) combine for comfort. Your thumb can conveniently reach most parts of the display, and one hand usage is possible. Because most of us text while doing something else.

  • Alcatel Flash 2 Profile Cam (selfie camera), no flash. While Enzo and I pose for an against-the-light shot, the same kind of white light shines on our faces, making us look pale.
  • Alcatel Flash 2 Profile Cam, with flash used. Here, the dual tone flash tries to bring back some of our natural skin color. We look better here.

gSight (rear camera) and Profile Cam (selfie) are spec’d to take good pictures. Until recently, buying budget priced phones (P4k-P6k) assured you of having bad-to-mediocre cameras. The Alcatel Flash 2 aims to be one of the exceptions. The gSight camera (13MP, F2.0) can take nice pictures, with flash, of people in medium to low light scenes, and their skin tones look good. Ready for Facebook upload. The Profile Cam, meanwhile, has properly functioning LED flash – that’s a lifesaver for those of us who love evening and low light selfies.

The Alcatel Flash 2 goes on sale exclusively on Lazada on Sept 30.

Price tag without the pains. While we’re often told to separate the “daily driver” phones (affordable, not too fast, don’t expect much from their cameras) from the “good camera phones” (looks great, feels good in your hand, takes good pics), the Alcatel Flash 2 aims to blur the lines. Daily driver phones, they say, you won’t cry over should you lose them. But since the Flash 2 takes great pics, at a daily driver price, some tears are not unreasonable.

More than acceptable performance for the price. The multitasking experience – just enough to support our endless obsession with social media and taking and uploading pictures – is supported by a 64-bit Octa-Core processor with 2GB RAM. The 3,000 mAh battery, we suspect, will be more than enough to get you through the day. Read our quick review of the Flash 2 here.

How Much and When Can I Buy?

The Alcatel Flash 2 is priced at P6,190.00 and will be available exclusively on Lazada on Sept. 30, 2015. It comes in two colors, Volcanic Grey and Mica White, but only the former will be released initially. The Alcatel Flash 2 was first launched in the Philippines, and is also the first to sell it. Get it from Lazada here.


Left to Right: Michael Chen (Product & Marketing Director, Alcatel Philippines), Albert Wong (General Manager – APAC, Alcatel Philippines), Inanc Balci (Co-Founder, CEO – Lazada PH), Zhang Lei (Country Manager – Alcatel Philippines), Yogi Babria (Business Development Director – APAC, Alcatel Philippines).

Alcatel Flash 2 Full Specs

5.0-inches IPS HD LCD, 1280×720 pixels, 294 ppi
1.3GHz Mediatek MK6753 octa-core processor
2GB RAM, Mali-T720MP4 GPU
16GB internal storage (expandable)
13MP rear camera, auto-focus, Dual LED and Dual Tone Flash
5MP 84-degree wide angle, front camera with LED Flash
3G, HSPA+, LTE, Dual-SIM (both micro), dual LTE
WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, aGPS
3,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 5.1 Lollipop
SRP: Php6,190

Get the Alcatel Flash 2 on Lazada.

Read our quick review of the Flash 2 here.


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.