Alcatel One Touch Pixi 7 is a very low-end tablet with a €79 price tag
TCL, the Chinese company that operates the Alcatel brand in the mobile world, has just unveiled a new tablet – the One Touch Pixi 7. This is as low-end as they can possibly get in this day and age, and as such its main claim to fame has to be the pricing.
As you might have gathered from its name, the Alcatel Pixi 7 is a 7-inch tablet, but one that comes with the eye scratching resolution of 540×960 – that’s the stuff that’s barely passable in 4.5-inch low-end smartphones, so we don’t want to imagine how easily you’ll be counting pixels on a 7-inch display with that resolution. It’s all in the name of cost-cutting, let’s try and remember.
The Pixi 7 also features a 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8117 processor, 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM (depending on territory), 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, a pair of VGA cameras (one on the front, one on the back), an IR port, Wi-Fi, Miracast support, and a 2,840 mAh battery. Fun fact: that’s only marginally larger than the cell that’s inside the Samsung Galaxy S5, which is a phone. Granted, one that comes with much higher-end specs, and all that power needs a big battery.
Surprisingly for such a low-end tablet, the Pixi 7 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, which thankfully is supposed to be optimized to run well on devices with just 512 MB of RAM. This is one that will clearly put those claims to test. And speaking of RAM, for some reason Alcatel will put 1 GB of the stuff in the version of the Pixi 7 that will be sold in Latin America, while markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will have to make do with 512 MB.
It will be out in July in all those territories except Latin America, and it will cost just €79. That makes this offering more palatable, for sure, but whether or not it will actually be successful remains to be seen.