Alcatel A5 LED Takes Notifications to A Whole New Level

We have seen a lot of smartphones make their debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year. Some are flagships boasting the leading, bleeding edge specs, some are mid-range devices and there are those that can be considered a major throwback.

But you know what’s not a common feature in all of them? Flashing LEDs on the back for notifications. That’s right, such a phone does exist and it goes by the name of Alcatel A5 LED.

The A5 LED is a mid-ranger and comes with okayish specs too. Up front you have a 5.2-inch display that has a resolution of just 1280×720. Inside, you’ll find 2GB of RAM along with an octa-core processor that is clocked at 1.5GHz. The camera on the rear is 8MP whereas it is a 5MP unit on the front.

But this phone isn’t about the specs. The A5 LED features a back panel that is entirely covered in LED lights. You can have the back panel work both as a notification light and a music equalizer.

Say that for some unknown reasons you have phone placed upside down on a table, you’ll still be able to identify and distinguish between different notifications on the basis of the color of the LEDs. The LEDs light up for receive missed calls, messages, alarms or other alerts. You can also associate the light to different sets of notifications and functions.

The LED lights are not a dealbreaker for anyone and if you don’t like them, they can simply be removed since they are not part of the phone but actually a back panel that can be snapped on or off. While other manufacturers are racing towards making phones thinner and larger, it’s nice to see some manufacturer trying to take a fun approach once in a while and not follow suit like everyone else.


  • Xiaomi He Behtar Hai Alcatel Se !

  • Taha Najam

    Looks cool but I imagine this would be a nightmare to use at night, every text or fb like lighting up the entire room.

  • Mustafa

    That much lighting will also put lot of strain on battery and will drain it soon.

    • FuriousNinja

      They are LEDs. I doubt they’ll put much or any strain on the battery.

  • Eli Ehsan

    2000’s called Alcatel.. they’re looking for you to take you BACK TO THE FUTURE…. :D

  • Faheem Ahmed

    alcatel is very nivce jaust like xiaomi but no softweare updates

    • Mustafa

      If you like to get regular updates to Alcatel phones then better go for BlackBerry phones manufactured by Alcatel. You will get updates on monthly basis. No other company except Google and blackberry in my knowledge releases updates primarily focused on security on monthly basis. If your budget allows then I would recommend you to go for BlackBerry DTEK 60. Heard lot of positive feedbacks about it. And yes you can also wait for BlackBerry KeyOne, a phone with a physical keyboard and Nougat os to be available somewhere in April.

  • mar222184

    Would be gud for our truck driver hazrat who wud love to play ata Ullah songs on them.

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Even my GS4 has notification LED on the front, its just not as “flashy” as this one and still provides the same function.
    Except the music equalizer though, that’s so cool.