Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini in the works, leaked press renders surface
Aug09

Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini in the works, leaked press renders surface

For a few months at the beginning of this year, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra was able to claim the title of “world’s thinnest smartphone”. Since then the even thinner Huawei Ascend P6 got official, and next month the Umeox X5 will get unveiled and take the crown. The Ultra wasn’t the only Alcatel handset to sport the One Touch Idol brand, though. No, it seems that TCL (the Chinese company that owns the brand Alcatel) is really in love with this Idol designation, since in the meantime it’s also announced the Idol X. Oh, and it seems to be working on an Idol Mini too. Here it is pictured in a couple of press renders that have been sent to @evleaks: Alcatel may want to capitalize on the current ‘Mini’ trend in the smartphone world, one possibly started by the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini last year, and continued by the Galaxy S4 Mini and HTC One Mini so far. The renders unfortunately don’t come with any specs attached, but it’s good to remember that Alcatel isn’t really known for extremely high-end devices, so the One Touch Idol Mini will probably end up being a midranger. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just important not to get your hopes...

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Alcatel’s One Touch Firefox OS smartphone officially launching in Europe and Latin America this summer
Jun25

Alcatel’s One Touch Firefox OS smartphone officially launching in Europe and Latin America this summer

Initially announced in February, and approved by the FCC earlier this month, Alcatel’s One Touch Firefox OS smartphone (called One Touch Fire) is officially ready to be launched “this summer.” According to a press release issued today, the handset will be available in Europe and Latin America. There’s no word on exactly what carriers will sell the One Touch Fire, but we know that Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom and Telecom Italia (among others) have announced their support for Firefox OS. The One Touch Fire is an entry-level device, so it’s going to have a low price. Its features include a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, stereo FM radio, 3.2MP rear camera, 256MB of RAM, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM7227A processor, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. Three color versions will be available: orange, green, and white. It’s not clear if ZTE’s first Firefox OS handset – the ZTE Open – will be released before the Alcatel One Touch Fire. In any case, both are going to be available starting the next few months. Mozilla has developed Firefox OS for mobile devices using HTML5 “and other open Web standards.” The company hopes the new platform will be a viable alternative to Android – and for the beginning it’s testing the market with affordable handsets like the Alcatel One Touch Fire and ZTE...

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Mozilla won’t sell own-branded Firefox OS smartphones
Jun21

Mozilla won’t sell own-branded Firefox OS smartphones

Mozilla’s new Firefox OS can certainly be seen as an alternative to Android. And yet Mozilla won’t go the Google way, at least not when it comes to own-branded devices. In an interview with DigiTimes, Li Gong, SVP of Mobile Devices and President of Mozilla’s Asia Operations, said that the company doesn’t plan to collaborate with ODMs for making and selling own-branded Firefox OS smarthpones. If there will be Mozilla-branded smartphones, these “would be primarily used as reference models rather than for large-scale sale.” For the beginning, customers will be able to buy only cheap, low-end Firefox OS handsets like the ZTE Open and Alcatel OneTouch Fire (made by TCL) – both should be available in some markets starting the next few months. Li Gong has reconfirmed that Huawei, LG and Sony are also going to launch Firefox smartphones, although it’s still not clear exactly when it will happen. As for Samsung and HTC, they don’t seem to be interested in Firefox OS. And Samsung obviously has no reason to be, since its Android devices are selling extremely well, and Tizen-based smartphones are on their way. Still, Li Gong mentions that “Mozilla has received increasing inquiries about the operating system from vendors” after Google bought Motorola. All in all, it’s too early to even try to predict what Mozilla will manage to do with Firefox OS. But we’ll live and...

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Alcatel’s OneTouch Firefox OS phone also hits the FCC
Jun14

Alcatel’s OneTouch Firefox OS phone also hits the FCC

Yesterday, ZTE’s Open smartphone was approved by the FCC, and today Alcatel’s Firefox OS-based smartphone – the OneTouch Fire – has been also approved. Just like the ZTE One, the Alcatel OneTouch Fire is an affordable, entry-level device. It features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, 3MP rear camera, 1GHz single-core processor, 256MB of RAM, MicroSD card support (up to 32GB), and a 1,400 mAh battery. As it has done in the case of ZTE Open, the FCC has posted the User Manual of the Alcatel OneTouch Fire, too. Telefonica will launch both the ZTE Open and Alcatel OneTouch Fire in select markets starting the next few months. In the US, Firefox OS handsets will be released only starting 2014. Sprint could be the first carrier to do it. There’s no word on what companies will manufacture Firefox OS phones for the US market. It could be not just ZTE or Alcatel, but also LG, Huawei, or even...

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra now available in Asia as the world’s slimmest smartphone
May08

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra now available in Asia as the world’s slimmest smartphone

It finally happened. A new device is officially holding the title of the world’s thinnest smartphone. It’s the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra with its 6.45 mm slim frame, and now it’s actually become available to buy. Exactly four months after its announcement at CES in January. That said, you only have reason to celebrate if you’re in Asia, more specifically in “select markets”. That’s where you’ll be able to find the One Touch Idol Ultra lurking, just waiting to be yours for the rough equivalent of €265 or $349. Obviously we’re talking about getting the phone in an unlocked state for this amount of dough. Which, by the way, isn’t that much considering you are purchasing a world record holder. At least for now, that is. Until the upcoming Huawei P6 steals the Alcatel’s crown. The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra comes with 4.7-inch 720p HD AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. So it’s certainly not up to par with the latest flagship offerings, but rather in terms of specs the One Touch Idol Ultra is more of a decent midranger in this day and age. And its slimness is clearly its most important feature. Via GSM...

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Alcatel One Touch Snap and One Touch Snap LTE officially announced
Feb27

Alcatel One Touch Snap and One Touch Snap LTE officially announced

Oh, snap! Alcatel just won’t stop. Unveiling new smartphones, that is. An onslaught, this is. First, we saw 13 devices announced at CES. Then, a couple of days ago, the wraps were taken off of the One Touch Idol X, the company’s flagship, as well as the low-end 5-inch One Touch Scribe Easy. Today it’s the One Touch Snap and One Touch Snap LTE that have the spotlight. The Snap has a 4.5-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera also capable of shooting 720p videos, 4 GB of built-in storage (of which 2.4 GB is user-accessible), a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 1,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 130.3x67x8.99 mm. The Snap will be in stores somewhere in April. Its LTE-enabled sibling isn’t identical in all other respects, as you may expect. The One Touch Snap LTE has a bigger, 4.65-inch touchscreen, but its resolution is lower – just 480×854. The LTE version’s back camera is capable of recording 1080p Full HD videos, while still being 8 MP. And the front camera of this phone is a 2 MP unit. The processor inside the Snap LTE is a dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon, and its battery is bumped up to 2,200 mAh. However, this model runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will be out in July. Via GSMArena  ...

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Mozilla Firefox OS debuts with phones from ZTE (Open), Alcatel (OneTouch Fire). LG and Huawei will follow
Feb25

Mozilla Firefox OS debuts with phones from ZTE (Open), Alcatel (OneTouch Fire). LG and Huawei will follow

Mozilla has officially showcased the first two smartphones to run Firefox OS. As expected, these are made by ZTE and Alcatel. They are both small, low-end devices made for emerging markets. The ZTE smartphone is called ZTE Open. Its features include a 3.5 inch HVGA display, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, 3.2MP rear camera, 1GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, and MicroSD card. Here’s what the handset looks like: The Alcatel OneTouch Fire seems to have similar specs, but its design is obviously different: TheVerge has a video showing both the ZTE Open and the Alcatel OneTouch Fire. The handsets don’t seem to perform too well – at least not when compared to mid-end or high-end smartphones that run other OSes. But maybe things will get better when they hit the market – sometime in mid-2013. The first countries to get Firefox phones are Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Hungary and Montenegro. Pricing details have not been unveiled. LG and Huawei will manufacture Firefox OS handsets, too, but it’s not clear exactly when this is going to happen. Mozilla says that new Firefox OS smartphones will be released in the US starting 2014. Sprint should be one of the carriers to offer at least one of them. Via...

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5″ 1080p quad-core Alcatel One Touch Idol X announced alongside the low-end 5″ One Touch Scribe Easy
Feb25

5″ 1080p quad-core Alcatel One Touch Idol X announced alongside the low-end 5″ One Touch Scribe Easy

Mobile World Congress is in full swing starting today, and Alcatel (or rather, TCL, the Chinese company behind the brand) simply couldn’t help itself and announced some more new smartphones. This comes after the same company unveiled no less than 13 devices last month at CES. Strictly in terms of announcements, Alcatel is becoming very hard to keep up with. Of course, how that will translate into actual sales remains to be seen. The Alcatel One Touch Idol X is possibly going to be the flagship offering from this Chinese company for this year. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen with incredibly narrow bezels, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 MP camera, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which may just be a first for a non-Nexus phone. Furthermore, it looks like an almost stock build, without any cruft added by Alcatel. The battery capacity is disappointing if you’re looking to actually use the handset all day, then again the whole device is just 7.1 mm thin. The narrow bezels around the screen practically ensure that this device will be extremely pocketable. There’s no LTE support, so this will most likely not make it to any LTE-capable carriers (and probably not at all in the LTE-enamored US). Next up, Alcatel added a new member to its One Touch Scribe family too – meet the One Touch Scribe Easy. This has a 5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, a 5 MP camera, and a stylus (as seen below). It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and is one of the lowest-end 5-inchers we’ve ever heard of. The screen’s resolution alone is probably a really bad idea, unless your sight is so impaired that you won’t actually be able to see those pixels – and it needs to be pretty bad for that to happen. The Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy features some ‘dedicated creative apps’ which let you do creative things with that stylus. It also has a magnetic cover called MagicFlip, which has a place for the stylus to rest, protects the screen while the phone is not used, and also comes in red, blue, or yellow – providing a bit of color to the Scribe Easy. Via Phone Arena here and...

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Alcatel One Touch Star shows up with midrange specs, midrange price
Feb12

Alcatel One Touch Star shows up with midrange specs, midrange price

TCL wants the Alcatel brand to be to smartphones what Archos is to tablets, apparently. That is – signify extremely cheap devices that are, however, decently specced. Or something like that. Of course, the Chinese masters of the Alcatel brand also like to do some showing off, such as at CES when they announced no less than 13 new mobile devices. And sitting pretty on top of that pile was the One Touch Idol, the company’s newest flagship smartphone. Interestingly though, the One Touch Star wasn’t among those. Yet it’s bound to appear on the European market soon. Before you get too excited, know that this will be a lower-midrange offering and nothing more. In Sweden, it will retail for around 2,000 SEK, which is about €234 or $315. That’s an unsubsidized price, of course. So what will you get for that amount? A 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, a VGA front-facing camera, a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage space (with 2.4 GB available to the user), a microSD card slot, and a 1,500 mAh battery. It should run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Alcatel will probably showcase this device at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks, so we’ll know all the official details then. For now, it looks to be yet another completely forgettable midrange offering that’s not very cheap, nor very interesting for other reasons, and which almost certainly won’t ever be updated to another version of Android. Via Technytt Via Android...

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra now world’s thinnest smartphone, 12 other Android devices announced too
Jan07

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...

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