Alcatel Pop Star is a new device launched by Alcatel under the POP series. Alcatel is still trying to catch big brands in the smartphone segments and has been releasing many devices. The Pop Star is priced at Rs. 6,999 and is targeted at the entry-level market. At the launch event, the brand quoted that this device is fashionable yet affordable. This 5-inch device comes with and HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display with 16 M colors and under the hood there is a MediaTek MT6580 quad-core processor with a clocking speed of 1.3 GHz. This handset is fully laminated and offers 75 % less light reflection for excellent readability under sunlight and a 160- degree wide-viewing angle and will be available in Metal Gold and Metal Silver. In the Pop series there are other devices like Alcatel Pop 7 LTE and Alcatel Pop C1,
Below are few tips and tricks of the handset that can be helpful for the new users of this device.
To insert a SIM in Alcatel Pop Star, we need to remove the back cover initially, and we can find the SIM slot just above the battery. You can also see a microSD card slot beside the SIM slot.
What is the type of SIM is supported?
The Alcatel Pop Star supports two micro SIM’s and supports dual standby, and you can see these slots after removing the back cover of the device. Dual SIM feature is a must for every smartphone as it helps the user to use two different numbers in one device itself, without having to carry two separate phones.
What are the sensors available on Alcatel Pop Star?
The device comes with sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light sensor and gyro. These are the basic sensors that we can see on any smartphone these days. These sensors are useful daily for determining the location of the person and also for various purposes that will make easy for its users.
What is the internal storage available?
Alcatel Pop Star comes with an onboard memory of 8 GB that can be further extended up to a maximum of 64 GB via microSD card slot. Although there is 8 GB of internal memory, only around 5.2 GB is available for the user and the rest is occupied by the system OS and other pre-installed apps.
Can the memory be extended?
Yes, the company has provided and microSD card slot under the back cover of the device wherein the user can extend the memory up to a maximum of 32 GB.
Are there any LED notifications lights?
Yes, there is a notification light on the front side beside the speaker, which blinks when there is an unread notification. This is very much useful as the notification indicates if there is any message and makes sure you do not miss them. This is called as Pulse notifications light that can be turned on from the options Sounds and Notifications available from settings of the phone.
Can the device capture 4K videos?
No, this device only supports 720p video recording, as it is an entry level device. 4K video recording can mostly be expected from high-end devices or camera centric devices only.
How to take a screenshot on Alcatel Pop Star?
To take a screenshot on Alcatel Pop Star, hold the volume down button and power/lock button simultaneously for a couple of seconds. This saved screenshot can be viewed from the gallery of the device or can be seen immediately by swiping from the top for the first time.
How can we check the Android updates?
To check if there is any Android update available on Alcatel Pop Star, we need to go to the settings of the device and tap the option About phone. Here we can see if any updates are available by clicking on Software Updates.
What is the SAR value of Alcatel Pop Star?
The SAR value of the device is not yet known. Lower the SAR value the better is the device to be used. It states how much radiation is the device emitting and the lesser, the better.
Will the device support 4G LTE?
Yes, the device does support LTE band. This will be a con to the device as almost all the new devices in the market come with 4G LTE support for faster data transfer.
How to reset Alcatel Pop Star?
To reset the device, you should make sure that you backed up all the required data and contacts to Google. Keeping the battery more than 50% charged, go to the settings of the device and here you can find the option called as Backup and Reset. By tapping on the same, you can factory reset the device and will ask to enter a backup account where all the data will be saved.
What is the battery capacity of the device?
This handset comes with a Li-Po 2000 mAh battery on the back. This is a removable battery as the back cover can be removed, and it gives 18 hours of talk time and up to 400 hours of standby time on 2G
Is the back cover of the device removable?
Yes, the back cover of the device is removable, and it is a plastic cover as we see on most of the entry level devices. You can see the SIM slots as well as the microSD card slot after removing back cover of the device.
What is the camera resolution of the device?
The device comes with 8 MP cameras on the rear with a LED flash accompanied with a 5 MP camera on the front with fixed focus.
How much is the screen size of the device?
Alcatel Pop Star comes with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels that give a pixel density of 294 ppi.
Does the device have NFC feature?
No, the device does not have the NFC connectivity feature. Near Field Communication is the feature that is available in only a few devices that will help in transferring data faster when the devices are nearby. This is similar to the Bluetooth feature, but faster than it. Make sure that both the devices should have the NFC feature and it should be turned on.
How to change the wallpaper ?
To change the wallpaper on Pop Star, select the option display from the phone settings, wherein you can find the options like, Gallery, Live Wallpapers, Photos, and Wallpapers. You can choose the image you want to set as you wallpaper from the given options.
How to change the font size on Pop Star?
To change the font size, go to settings of the device and select the option display. Now you can find the options Font Size that can be changed to Small, Normal, Large and Huge according to the user. Some people will be having a problem in sighting smaller letter so they can make the font size bigger.
Will the device get Android Marshmallow 6.0 update?
The device comes out of the box with Android 5.0 Lollipop and there isn’t any information about the further updates of the device. There are many devices in the market which have not received the Marshmallow update.
How to share your Data via Tethering ?
Initially, you should make sure that the internet package is activated. Now go to the settings of the device and tap on the more option wherein, select Tethering and Portable hotspot and turn it on. Your device is ready to share data via Bluetooth tethering, WLAN and USB options accordingly. A maximum of 8 devices can be connected, and the user can limit the access to selected devices also.
How to enable the developer options ?
Developer option is useful in debugging of your device. To enable this, open the Settings and tap on About Phone in the System section. Now, tap on Build Number continuously for about 7-8 times to enable it on the device. Once it is activated, you are a developer message displayed on the screen.
How to use the Screen pinning feature on the Pop Star?
Screen pinning feature is available on this handset. To use this, open the Settings and tap on lock screen and security. In the new window, head over to the bottom of the screen and tap on Screen pinning and toggle the off button to enable that. To pin the screen, open the overview window and tap on the pin icon for the app that you want to pin. Now to unpin the pinned screen you need to press the back button and overview button for about 2-3 seconds.
Can I remove the bloatware apps from the device?
Yes, the device comes with an option where you can uninstall the apps from your device. Not all the applications can be uninstalled, the applications which cannot be uninstalled can be disabled from your device. To uninstall an app, open the settings and tap on App in the device section and click on the app that you want to remove. In the app info window, click on the uninstall button, the app is successfully removed from your device.
Does the device support OTG?
No, sadly the device does not support OTG(On the Go) drive where you can exchange the data from your device to drive with ease. This feature saves a lot of time and makes sure that it is very easy to transfer the data.
How to change the Theme?
Themes can be changed by heading on to the settings section of the device. Now by tapping on it display section of it and select Themes. Now, click on the theme that you want to apply and tap on the use button. The theme is successfully implemented to your device.
How to schedule power on and power off on this device?
Scheduling power on and off on your smartphone is an important feature as it lets you control your device usage accordingly. To turn on or turn off this feature, go to the settings of the device and select the Schedule option power on and off. From here you can set-up the power on and power off time.
These are the tips and tricks of Alcatel Pop Star that will be guiding you after buying the device. If you have any more doubts about the device, drop a comment in out PhoneRadar forum page.