There’s a chance that the LG U1 we recently looked at will be among the first group of Android smartphones to arrive running Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than receive the update at a later point. While that would make it a member of a very short list right now, that group of phones that will be native Android 4.0 devices continues to grow; the latest that may join its ranks is the Alcatel One Touch 995.
We’ve only heard a little bit about the 995′s capabilities, as the available breakdown of hardware specs is quite limited. The phone is said to have a 1.4GHz processor (no mention of core count), a five-megapixel main camera, and a 4.3-inch display (no mention of resolution). Supposedly, Alcatel will make the phone available for what works out to $275.
What we’re most unsure about is the precise nature of the 995′s Ice Cream Sandwich status. It’s got the Android hardware buttons, which we know ICS won’t need, but their presence isn’t a deal-breaker; it looks like a lot of this hardware on the cusp of Android 4.0 could still maintain the buttons. The source behind this info is Dutch, and while our reading of it through Google Translate only claims that the phone will receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update at some point, we can understand how that could be read as “receive the update prior to its release”, which is the rumor we’re seeing spelled-out elsewhere. Considering the 995 isn’t supposed to be shown-off until MWC at the end of February, there’s certainly plenty of time to pack it full of Android 4.0 before it goes up for sale.