This morning I saw Alcatel’s new A5 LED, a mid-range smartphone that comes with a rear filled with colourful LEDs to add a new dimension in notifications.

MWC 2017 LogoIt’s not the first time coloured LEDs have been put in a phone that can do more than, well, notify. Nokia had a spell of releasing phones with coloured backs and edges, which could flash when the phone rang or when playing music.

And does anyone remember those flashing antenna replacements (when phones had external antennas)? Okay, maybe that’s only me then. For my sins, I actually used to sell them – with the warning that the antenna performance was severely hindered, but – hey – flashing lights.

alcatel_a5_led_twitterAnd that’s where the A5 LED comes in, a phone with a special application to perform various light shows, animate in sync with music (any app will work), and give perfect notifications of a new Facebook message, Snapchat etc.

The phone will go on sale in April for just under €200. Hopefully it will be released at the same time in the UK, and I’d certainly like to get one to play around with as I’ve always had a thing for flashing lights…

Watch the video below to see a bit more of the phone in action, and also see the amazing press pack I was given!

  • Alcatel also announced two other new smartphones, including a highly affordable 4G phone for under €100, plus the lightest (599g) 2-in-1 Windows 10 machine with embedded 4G and all day battery life.
  • Coverage of MWC was made easier thanks to Vodafone, who challenged me to use 4G data exclusively throughout my time in Barcelona and provided me with a SIM card for use in a portable hotspot.

Written by Jonathan Morris

Writing about technology, with a focus on mobile, since the early 1990s! Former editor of What Mobile magazine, writer for The Telegraph, Stuff, Know Your Mobile, Pocket Gamer, Smart TV Radar and more. Regular Tweeter, occasional YouTuber, keen amateur photographer and forum moderator. If you like what I write, please consider deactivating your ad blocker or making a donation via PayPal to help fund this site.

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