Alcatel OneTouch has just announced a trio of affordable Android-powered PIXI smartphones it will showcase at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, between Tuesday, January 6, and Friday, January 9, 2015.
Oh how I remember dropping by my local CompUSA in the 90s to buy the first Palm Pilot. Now after the brand (and WebOS) has been killed by HP, it just might be coming back from the dead.
It appears Alcatel Onetouch has bought the Palm trademarks from HP by means of a shell corporation called Wide Progress Global Limited. The transfer of the trademarks was signed by the President of the Americas and Pacific of Alcatel Onetouch.
If you’re a MetroPCS customer and in the market for a new, cheap tablet, there’s a pretty good deal available available for you right now.
The prepaid carrier (through T-Mobile) is offering the Alcatel Onetouch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax) on a pretty inexpensive data plan. For $10/month, you can get unlimited data, which siphons off 1GB of data to the Pop 7 tablet. If you add the device to an existing plan, you’ll get a $5 monthly discount off your bill. Here are the rates for current subscribers, straight from MetroPCS/T-Mobile’s press release..
- $10 / month: Unlimited data with first 1GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
- $20 / month: Unlimited data with first 3GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
- $30 / month: Unlimited data with first 5GB of high-speed data at up to 4G speeds
The tablet itself isn’t much in itself — a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch display, 8.9 mm thin, Wi-Fi/4G/Bluetooth and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean — but it still isn’t a bad deal for prepaid customers looking to expand their tech arsenal.
Hit the break for the link to the press release.
A couple leaked press images reveal some new Alcatel devices are on their way to T-Mobile. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 are successors to a pair of budget smartphones that T-Mobile released last fall. No pricing or availability information leaked with the images, but the original OneTouch Fierce and OneTouch Evolve sold for only a few dollars per month.
Alcatel has unveiled three new smartphones named One Touch Idol 2, Idol 2 Mini and Pop Fit.
The Idol 2 features a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720×1280 pixels resolution and 7.3mm body and is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 MP camera, 1.3 MP front camera and supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and 3G connectivity. In addition, the smartphone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly bean. The 3G model has a price tag of €199 ($273) while the 4G model is priced at €249 ($342).
The Idol mini 2 has a 4.5-inch 540×960 display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 MP camera,
Right on the heels of its last leak comes new images of the Idol X+ from TCL (Alcatel). In the image above, you can see clearly there is dual SIM support due to the “SIM 2″ slot. According to GSM Insider, the Idol X+ has “a front-facing camera together with light sensor to trace the brightness. On the rear-side, there is a camera lens and also single LED flash.” Also, the Idol X+ is going to have MediaTek’s new octa-core processor that we’ve been seeing plenty of as of late. The power button is on the top of the handset and there is a 3.5mm audio jack up there as well.
Hit the break to see the front of the Idol X+.
TCL Corporation, parent company of Alcatel, announced a few days ago that they were preparing a successor to their Idol X device tentatively named the Idol X+. Based on the MediaTek logo spotted in some images that leaked online, the device is expected to come with MediaTek’s latest high-end octa-core processer. Other specs are unknown, but something in the 5-inch or better range with 2GB of RAM and of course, a high-end processor, is expected.
Alcatel looks to be preparing some colorful new devices. The best leaker in the business, @evleaks, has provided us with the above photo showing these new colorful 7-inch tablets from Alcatel, allegedly part of the OneTouch Pop family. OneTouch Pop, if you remember, is the same family that has the colorful budget phones in other parts of the world.
Along with the colors above, black will also be an option. The backplates will be removable and switchable to change hues as often as you want. Also, it looks like there will be a translucent flip-cover for safety. There’s not much additional information on these, but we’ll be sure to let you know as we hear more.
If you’re looking for a budget Android phone, T-Mobile is going to carry both the Alcatel One Touch Fierce (pictured above) and One Touch Evolve (pictured below) on October 5. The Fierce sports a 4.5-inch (960 x 540) display, a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 1,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2. The Fierce will be available at select stores beginning October 5, and will be available in all stores, select dealers, and online starting October 23. It will run you $19.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $6 each.
The Evolve (pictured below) comes with a 4-inch (800 x 480) display, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.1. It will be available in select stores on October 5, and will be available in all stores, select dealers, and online on October 16. It will run you $27.99 down and 24 equal monthly payments of $3 each.
Modest wireless carrier Alcatel has gotten in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and formally introduced its OneTouch Star smartphone. This device comes in a lovely pink shade and will come with all the bells and whistles found in a typical lower-level midrange device: an AMOLED display with an 800 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processing unit plus 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and oh by the way will arrive with Jelly Bean fully-loaded.
No word on when it will be available exactly, but we suspect we’ll see it at a certain trade show coming up very soon…