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While other hand­sets make do with alu­minium uni­bod­ies, 4K screens and other niceties, Alcatel’s lat­est phone takes a en­tirely dif­fer­ent route to grab­bing head­lines, with an in­ter­ac­tive LED cover, de­signed to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion of a younger crowd.

The cover – a pro­tec­tive case, much like the HTC Dot View with the HTC 10 – can be used to good ef­fect, so you might set the grid of LEDs to light up when you re­ceive incoming calls or mes­sages, for in­stance, and you can cus­tomise the way it looks with cover pat­terns and themes. It’ll also light up and dis­play an­i­mated pat­terns while you lis­ten to mu­sic, and if you shake the de­vice, the pat­tern will change.

Case aside, what you’re get­ting with the A5 LED is a de­cent, if a touch ba­sic, hand­set, with a 1.5GHz octa-core pro­ces­sor, 2GB of RAM, a 2800mAh bat­tery, and an 8MP rear cam­era and a 5MP front cam­era.

A 5.2-inch 720p dis­play and An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low op­er­at­ing sys­tem are the only down­sides, to what is a de­cent (though not mind-blow­ing) phone. So will a funky in­ter­ac­tive LED cover be enough to place it in your palms the next time you buy a hand­set?

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