Alcatel One Touch View with Windows Phone 7.8 appears, images and specs now out in the open
Alcatel is going to be the next company to release a Windows Phone. That’s interesting, because so far we haven’t heard about TCL’s involvement with Microsoft’s newest mobile platform (TCL being the Chinese company that sells devices under the Alcatel brand).
The first Alcatel Windows Phone will probably be called One Touch View, and it will run Windows Phone 7.8 (so not the newest and greatest version, but that which is destined for low-end hardware).
Speaking of low-end hardware, this phone’s specs scream exactly that. It will have a 4-inch 480×800 IPS touchscreen, a 1 GHz processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a front-facing VGA camera, 4 GB of built-in storage space, 512 MB of RAM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 1,500 mAh battery.
It looks like it will make its debut in Russia before the end of this year, for a maximum price of 7990 rubles (that’s about $257 or €199). No word yet on when (or if) the One Touch View will make it to other markets.
Given that the upcoming Nokia Lumia 510 is rumored to cost around $150, this Alcatel device doesn’t look like it will stand a chance to sell well in markets where it will compete head-on with Nokia’s cheapest Windows Phone yet. Then again, TCL might just cut its price in time. We’ll see.