Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper
Jun04

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper

T-Mobile is doing a couple of things to its tablet roster, which will supposedly make the thought of purchasing a tablet from a carrier more palatable to people. First off, the magenta carrier is announcing a $100 price cut for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This goes in effect today, but will only be valid until June 15. This means you can now get the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $25, adding up to a total cost of $600. Although T-Mobile says that’s $99.99 less than the previously advertised price, the math doesn’t quite add up. When it started pre-orders for this tablet, the carrier was asking for $99.99 down and $23 per month for two years. That adds up to $651.99, and not $699.99. So you may only be saving $51.99, but that’s something nevertheless. There’s another tablet coming to T-Mobile soon, and it’s the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 (pictured above). This was first unveiled at CES in January, and it’s a rather low-end offering. That said, at least it’s going to be reasonably cheap. It will be out at the ‘uncarrier ‘on June 18, and you’ll need to pay nothing upfront and 24 monthly payments of $7 for it, which makes for a grand total of $168. The Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Via...

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Alcatel One Touch Pixi 7 is a very low-end tablet with a €79 price tag
Feb25

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. Via...

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5″ 1080p 2 GHz octa-core Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ gets official alongside Pop C9, Pop 7, Pop 8
Jan06

5″ 1080p 2 GHz octa-core Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ gets official alongside Pop C9, Pop 7, Pop 8

If you don’t live in China yet wanted to be able to buy the octa-core TCL Idol X+ that was announced late last month, here’s some good news for you. Just as we anticipated, TCL will be offering the same handset internationally under the Alcatel brand. Today, it announced the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+, which, for all intents and purposes is the TCL Idol X+, just with different branding. In case you forgot, here’s a refresher on its specs. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a front camera too, a 2 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, dual-SIM support, HSPA (no LTE unfortunately), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs some unannounced version of Android, likely with a TCL/Alcatel skin on top. It’s just 7.9 mm thin. The Idol X+ is coming to Europe in February in black and white. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but the phone sells in China for around $329 – so don’t expect it to be cheaper than that. With those specs, an affordable price, and hopefully some decent distribution, this could be a small success for TCL in the future. We’ll have to wait and see, though. The Idol X+ isn’t the only Alcatel-branded thing that got official today. Three more devices have been unveiled, which may sound like a lot – but remember, at last year’s CES the Chinese company took the wraps off of no less than 13 devices. So, on we go then. The Alcatel One Touch Pop C9 is a midrange phablet coming with a 5.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. No price, no release date to speak of yet. And you shouldn’t buy this unless you have eyesight issues – since that’s probably the only case in which you won’t be able to count its pixels left and right. Finally – two new tablets, the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 and One Touch Pop 8. As you may imagine, the numbers in the names are all about screen size. The One Touch Pop 7 comes with a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. It runs Android...

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TCL Idol X+ revealed in China with 2 GHz octa-core CPU, $329 price, may be Alcatel-branded elsewhere
Dec27

TCL Idol X+ revealed in China with 2 GHz octa-core CPU, $329 price, may be Alcatel-branded elsewhere

TCL, the Chinese company that’s best known elsewhere for the Alcatel branded smartphones it makes, has announced its new flagship device. It’s called TCL Idol X+, and there’s a big chance we’ll soon see it outside of China as the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+. It is the successor to the Idol X that was unveiled in February. Its existence has been rumored since August, and about a month ago we found out that it would be called Idol X+. The handset comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen with 1.9 mm bezels, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a front camera too, a 2 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, dual-SIM support (TD-SCDMA and WCDMA), HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs a yet unknown version of Android, obviously with a heavy skin on top. The phone is 7.9 mm thin and it weighs 120 grams. TCL boasts that the Idol X+ will be the first smartphone sporting MediaTek’s new “true octa-core” processor to hit the market, when that happens on January 15. The TCL Idol X+ is priced at 1,999 yuan, which is about $329 or €238. For that price, you even get a Bluetooth-based activity and sleep tracker called Boom Band included in the box. Via Engadget and...

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TCL’s Alcatel Idol X+ to be announced alongside a smartwatch and a smart bracelet?
Nov29

TCL’s Alcatel Idol X+ to be announced alongside a smartwatch and a smart bracelet?

TCL, the Chinese company that makes Alcatel smartphones and tablets, is getting ready to launch a handset powered by MediaTek’s new eight-core MT6592 processor. Apparently called Alcatel Idol X+, the new smartphone will be released as the successor to the Alcatel Idol X unveiled at the beginning of 2013. Chinese website MTKSJ seemingly has a teaser image for the upcoming Idol X+ announcement. The image reads “1 + 1 > 2?”, showing a smartphone flanked by a smartwatch and what may be a smart bracelet. Similar to the original Idol X, the new Alcatel Idol X+ should sport a 5 inch Full HD display. Other features reportedly include a 13MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. There are no details regarding the TCL smartwatch for the moment. However, like the Idol X+, it will probably run Android. As for the alleged smart bracelet, it could be something akin to this Vybe bracelet that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and vibrates when a call or message is received. Alcatel’s high-end smartphones are usually cheaper than high-end devices from other manufacturers, and the Idol X+ should make no exception. It remains to be seen when the new handset will be announced (and if it’s indeed going to be joined by Alcatel wearable...

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Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve now on offer at MetroPCS
Nov25

Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve now on offer at MetroPCS

After having been launched by T-Mobile a while back, two Alcatel devices are now available at MetroPCS. This obviously makes sense since T-Mobile owns MetroPCS. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve are interestingly cheaper at MetroPCS than at T-Mobile. The Fierce retails for $99 and the Evolve is offered for $59. These prices are without any long-term contract, so you can see how these handsets may sell rather well. You can pair both of them with MetroPCS’ $40 per month plan which includes unlimited talk and text, with 500 MB of high speed data. If you need more data, there’s a $50 per month option that gives you 2.5 GB at high speeds, and an unlimited option for $60 per month. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce (above) is the higher-end of the duo, although it’s far from today’s flagships in terms of specs. It comes with a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 21 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. You can order one from MetroPCS via this link. The Alcatel One Touch Evolve (above) has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1 GHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 7.2 Mbps HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,400 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This is where you need to go to buy one from...

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T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve announced
Sep25

T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve announced

Two Alcatel-branded Android-powered smartphones are coming to T-Mobile next month. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce is the higher-end of the two (yet it’s still nothing more than a midranger), while the Evolve is an entry-level offering. The Alcatel One Touch Fierce comes with a 4.5-inch 540×960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, HSPA support, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, microSD card support, and a 1,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Alcatel One Touch Evolve has a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a single-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This phone has specs that remind us of days gone by, and is incredibly low-end for this day and age. Keep that in mind before deciding to purchase one. As for pricing, it goes like this. The Fierce will set you back an initial payment of $19.99 followed by 24 monthly payments of $6. The Evolve is $27.99 down, and then 24 monthly payments of $3. It’s interesting that the lower-end device is has the bigger down payment requirement. Select T-Mobile stores will start selling both handsets on October 5. The wider rollout will start on October 16 for the Alcatel One Touch Evolve (with online pre-orders debuting two days earlier), and on October 23 for the One Touch...

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TCL N3 shows up again, this time officially. Has 6″ 1080p screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, small bezels
Sep24

TCL N3 shows up again, this time officially. Has 6″ 1080p screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, small bezels

The TCL N3 is once again the star in a carefully crafted render, yet this time it’s an official promotional image from the Chinese company. The first (and, so far, the only time) we’ve heard about the N3, it was little more than a rumor – a large-screened phablet perhaps coming as a successor of sorts to the Alcatel One Touch Idol X announced in February (don’t forget that the China-based TCL owns the Alcatel brand nowadays). We had some leaked renders of it back then, and they turned out to be showing the real thing after all (since the following official image depicts an identical device). One of the rumored specs from last month was apparently wrong, though. The TCL N3 won’t have a 5.7″ touchscreen – rather, its size will be even bigger, at 6 inches diagonally. It will sport 1080p Full HD resolution, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (the MediaTek MT6589T), a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, and a 3,400 mAh battery. It will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The N3 comes with an extremely narrow chassis, to the point that its screen takes up 83.4% of its face, compared to, for example, just 77% in the case of Samsung’s Galaxy S4. This will undoubtedly become TCL’s next flagship offering, given that it has both the looks and the specs for that particular job. We hope that it will be launched outside of China too, under the Alcatel brand (Alcatel One Touch N3, anyone?). On the mainland, it will bear the TCL brand as always. With a decent price, it has a real chance at selling quite well. We’ll keep you posted. Via...

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Alcatel One Touch Idol X successor already in the works with 5.7″ screen, almost no bezels
Aug23

Alcatel One Touch Idol X successor already in the works with 5.7″ screen, almost no bezels

The Alcatel One Touch Idol X was announced in February as TCL’s flagship smartphone for places other than China (where the company sells phones under its own brand). Yet TCL already has a successor for this device in the works, it seems. The handset that will replace the Idol X is called TCL N3 (and will probably be named Alcatel One Touch N3 outside of China), and it will feature a truly outstanding almost bezel-less design, as evidenced by the renders below. This is becoming more and more of a trend, having phones with insanely thin bezels, and it allows manufacturers to cram ever bigger screens into their wares. This will be the case here too, with the TCL N3 said to come with a 5.7-inch touchscreen. Yet because of the lack of bezels, the N3 isn’t expected to be much larger than the Idol X which has a 5-inch screen. Other details about the N3 are not known just yet. But it does seem like it’s a few months away from a release, so before that will eventually happen we’re bound to find out a lot more about it via leaks. Stay tuned then. Via MTKsj Via...

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Alcatel One Touch Scribe Pro leaks, will have 6″ screen, quad-core CPU, 13 MP camera, stylus
Aug16

Alcatel One Touch Scribe Pro leaks, will have 6″ screen, quad-core CPU, 13 MP camera, stylus

Alcatel seems to be in “throw dozens of phones at the wall and see what sticks” mode this year. The brand has so far announced at least 15 devices in 2013, and apparently it has no plans of slowing down. TCL (the Chinese company behind the Alcatel name) sure loves brands. The Alcatel phones all feature the One Touch brand, and aside from that we’ve seen two different series of devices – those branded Idol, and those also featuring the Scribe moniker. In the Scribe series so far we can count the Scribe HD, Scribe HD LTE, Scribe X, and Scribe Easy. And they’re soon going to be joined by yet another sibling, the Alcatel One Touch Scribe Pro. This will have a 6-inch touchscreen with unknown resolution, a 13.1 MP rear camera, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with dual-SIM support, a 3,400 mAh battery, and a stylus. There will also be a “LED magic flip” case for the phablet offered. There’s no pricing attached to this leak, nor any hint of when the One Touch Scribe Pro will go on sale. One thing’s pretty clear, though: don’t expect this to be available outside of Asia. Or in markets that aren’t labeled as ‘developing’. The thing looks nice enough, and the screen has some LG G2-style incredibly narrow bezels, so it’s bound to attract a few buyers, whenever and wherever it will be in stores. Via...

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