Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra now world’s thinnest smartphone, 12 other Android devices announced too
Alcatel used this year’s CES to announce a myriad of new devices (more than a dozen, believe it or not). These announcements might signify that the brand is looking to get back into the mainstream, after several years of being happy with announcing one or two completely uninspiring smartphones per year.
First of all, the thinnest smartphone in the world title has been taken from the Vivo X1 by the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra. It’s 6.45 mm thin, exactly 0.1 mm thinner than the previous holder of the title. One distinction needs to be made, though – the Vivo X1 is already available in china, while the One Touch Idol Ultra just got unveiled.
Other than the signature thinness, the One Touch Idol Ultra also comes with 4.7-inch 720×1280 HD AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera with 1080p Full HD video recording support, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and 8 GB of built-in non-expandable storage. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This won’t be available in the US, but should be out in China later this month for around $449.
Next up, the Alcatel One Touch Idol. Losing the “Ultra” moniker means this is thicker than the device mentioned above. It’s light, though, at just 110 grams being one of the lightest in its class. It has a 4.7-inch 540×960 IPS touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB (on the single SIM variant) or 8 GB of non-expandable storage space (on the dual-SIM version), an 8 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front-facing camera. Once again, running the show is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The One Touch Idol is headed to one US carrier, according to Alcatel, but it’s unclear which one exactly. Pricing and release time frames aren’t available for this device just yet.
The Alcatel One Touch Scribe is the company’s first phablet, and it will come in three different versions: the One Touch Scribe HD, the One Touch Scribe HD LTE, and the One Touch Scribe X.
The One Touch Scribe HD comes with a 5-inch 720×1280 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 720p front-facing camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD slot, all the usual connectivity options (including HSPA, but not LTE), and a 2,500 mAh battery.
The Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD LTE obviously adds that kind of 4G data connectivity to the aforementioned device.
The One Touch Scribe X comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 12 MP rear camera, and the quad-core processor’s speed bumped to 1.4 GHz, while in all other respects being identical to its HD sibling detailed above.
Finally in terms of smartphones, Alcatel also announced the One Touch Pop series – X’Pop, S’Pop, and T’Pop. These are budget offerings that will be sold in Asia, Europe, and Africa.
The X’Pop comes with a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a dual-core 1 GHz processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, 512 MB of RAM, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s due out later this month.
The S’Pop has a 3.5″ 320×480 touchscreen, a single-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, a 3.2 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing shooter, microSD slot, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean too. It should be out in February in some parts of Asia.
The T’Pop is identical to the S’Pop, except it has 256 MB of RAM (this should be illegal in 2012!), no front-facing camera, and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (one for antique lovers surely). This abomination is about to be released in Asia.
In terms of tablets, first up we have the Evo 7 duo. The Evo 7 HD has a 7″ 1280×800 touchscreen, 1 GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, 4 GB of storage expandable via microSD slot, a 3 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing unit, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Wi-Fi-only model will retail for just $179 when it arrives on the market in May. If you want to add a 3G data module, the tablet will end up costing $249. And $100 more than that if you need 4G connectivity.
The Evo 7 (sans HD) has a 7″ 1024×600 touchscreen, a single-core 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, just one camera (front-facing), 4 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Pricing and release time frame haven’t been announced for this model.
The One Touch Tab series comprises of three tablets that should be out sometime during the third quarter of the year. All of these will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The One Touch Tab 7 HD has a 7-inch 1280×800 toucscreen, a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 8 GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. It should cost $149.
The One Touch Tab 8 HD has an 8-inch 1024×768 screen, but otherwise identical specs to the One Touch Tab 7 HD. The 8″ model will retail for $179.
The One Touch Tab 7 (sans HD) has a 7-inch 1024×768 display, a single-core 1 GHz processor, 4 GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, just the front-facing VGA camera, and 1 GB of RAM. It will be offered for only $129.
13 devices – that’s the summary of Alcatel’s CES activity this year. Let’s hope at least half of these will actually see the light of day.