While the big news at MWC is coming from those companies hosting large press events, we knew going in that we’d also be hearing a lot from some of the smaller players. Sure, they may not have handsets that capture our imagination for months, like the Galaxy S 5 has managed to, but this is a big industry, with room for flagships and budget models alike. Today, we learn about a few of the latter from Alcatel, announcing its One Touch Idol 2, One Touch Idol 2 Mini, and the One Touch Pop Fit.
The Idol 2 runs a 1.2GHz quad-core SoC, has a five-inch 720p LCD, an 8MP rear camera with 1.3MP front-facer, and measures 7.3mm thick. The Idol 2 Mini, on the other hand, has a 4.5-inch qHD display, runs the same SoC, and while it has another 8MP main camera, its front-facer is a slightly higher-res 2MP component. Both will be available in 3G and LTE editions, with pricing looking like 230/290 euros for the Idol 2 (3G/LTE), and 170/210 euros for the Mini.
While those two are standard Android smartphones, the One Touch Pop Fit is a little weird, as Alcatel envisions it as a “wearable” of sorts. This is no smartwatch, though, and is better described as a lower-end Android with an armband. The Pop Fit has a tiny 2.8-inch QVGA display, 1GHz dual-core MediaTek SoC, 1000mAh batter, and 512MB of RAM. Unsurprisingly, it’s super-cheap, starting at just 90 euros. You even get 16GB storage at that price, with a 32GB option also available. The software package is geared towards jogging and music listening, so even if it’s not as petite as a smartwatch, we could see this resonating with certain users.