Low-end Android-based Alcatel OT-980 shows up in France, launch may be imminent

The Alcatel OT-980 is gearing up to be one of the cheapest Android-based devices on the market.

The company’s first foray into the Android space has still not launched, but it’s expected in the UK in August and now it seems its launch in France may be imminent.

This will be a very low cost product (rumors had it below £100 on pay-as-you-go in the UK), so your expectations need to be the same.

It seems to have been ‘inspired’, so to speak, by the Palm Pre, and features a similar vertical slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The similarities end there, though, as the target markets for these devices are very different.

When announced, it was supposed to have Android 1.6 on board, I can only hope that it’s taking this much to get to market because they’ve decided to switch that with 2.1. Not very likely, though.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from this smartphone:

  • a 2.8″ 240 x 320 resistive touchscreen
  • HSDPA 7.2 Mb/s, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 70 MB internal memory, expandable via microSD card slot
  • 2 Megapixel camera
  • 1150 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 112.5 x 60.4 x 15.9 mm

Basically an HTC Wildfire competitor with a QWERTY keyboard added in for good measure. It has a resistive screen, unlike the Wildfire (but like its predecessor, the HTC Tattoo).

There’s still no official launch date, but it is expected in France this summer, so there’s not that much waiting left.

Via Smartphone France Via AndroidGuys

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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