Posts tagged with: Alcatel
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    Having trouble grasping our euphemism-packed headline, taken almost verbatim from BlackBerry’s latest quarterly financial report? In layman’s terms, it basically means BlackBerry phones as we know them are dead. No, the recently released DTEK50 and fast-approaching DTEK60 don’t technically count, setting up a new stage in the once thriving Canadian company’s evolution, where its brand and actual hardware production are “outsourced to partners.” These include TCL, Alcatel’s China-based parent, which rebadged the Idol 4 to combine “BlackBerry’s unique security, privacy and ...

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    Forget forgetting the BlackBerry DTEK60, aka “Argon”, as rumors of the Canadian company’s smartphone production resignation will likely be officially quashed… yet again as soon as October 11. Possibly even sooner, if the newly speculated D-Day proves to be the high-end 5.5-incher’s commercial release date as opposed to merely hosting a formal announcement. Either way, we reckon the full-touch Android should hit stores in time for the holiday season, at least as far as BlackBerry-friendly markets go, including Canada, select Western European countries, and maybe the US too. ...

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    Let's be frank: there are quite a few options for phones with a 5 amp-hour battery. It's a sweet spot as a number and it's also where you could pull through a good chunk of a second or maybe even a third day. The price and specification compromise also seems fitting at this precipice. So, what does the Alcatel Pixi 4 Plus Power bring to 3G markets? Maybe a cool-looking dot-matrix design on the back and nice color combinations. Real talk, though — this isn't much different from what we've seen before. We're dealing with a 5.5-inch 720p screen, an unnamed processor, 1GB of RAM with 8GB of ...

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    Who doesn’t love unlocked Android smartphones, especially those sold through official, authorized and trustworthy channels with valid warranties and fast, free nationwide shipping? It pretty much goes without saying you’ll find plenty of compelling deals on such products from basically every OEM under the sun come Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a couple of months, but if you simply can’t wait that long, Amazon’s latest “48 hour Unlocked Event” has you covered. The fire sale’s protagonists are fairly popular even when they’re not massively marked down, as the 4GB RAM/64GB ...

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    The unreleased and still rumored-about Idol 4 Pro may have just gotten a GFXBench run showing it off with a different software load than previously talked about. It's certainly bad news for anyone who appreciates choice in their high-spec hardware and flipping Live Tiles. The Snapdragon 820-eqipped phone runs an Alcatel-made user interface on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. That's a starkly different software load than the Windows 10 Mobile once mentioned in relation to this phone. Other specs on-board include 4GB of RAM, a 21-megapixel main camera with 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a ...

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    The year 2016 will be remembered for many reasons, but one of the most positive reasons to remember this year will be looking back at all of the amazing options we gadget fans enjoyed at a mid-pack price. This year we saw the line between wallet-friendly phones and more expensive premium options almost completely erode. High end performance, competitive storage and battery options, and some beautiful hardware designs. With so many fantastic options, we felt it was worth coming back to produce another quick showdown of our favorites so far. It's an incredible collection, and funny to think ...

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    We didn't know what kind of engine that the Alcatel Vision all-in-one VR headset was running on when TCL debuted it at IFA 2016. It was an octa-core chipset — obviously not a quad-core Snapdragon 820 — that didn't have a name to it. Well, Samsung has come out and said it all. The Vision runs on its workhorse Exynos 7420 chipset. Introducing VISION, the Exynos-powered stylish all-in-one VR device from @Alcatelmobile pic.twitter.com/xocVKZ8dfl — Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) September 5, 2016 Somewhat ironic to see Samsung proudly boasting about Alcatel's headset when its own ...

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    Wholly owned TCL subsidiary Alcatel (previously Alcatel OneTouch) was probably not among IFA 2016’s highest-profile exhibitors, but it arguably brought one of the widest, richest, most eclectic selections of smart devices to Berlin, the final four products of which nearly went completely unnoticed. At the eleventh hour, we’re turning our attention from mid-range phones, unique standalone VR headsets, and more mid-range phones, as well as run-of-the-mill Android tablets, to so-called “connected wearables.” The Alcatel Move family consists of a mainstream Movetime WiFi Watch, ...

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    Alcatel undoubtedly caught IFA 2016 attendees off guard with the announcement of a nearly unprecedented untethered VR headset yesterday, while the Shine Lite phone also made a few headlines courtesy of its premium build and ultra-low price point. The ambitious China-based TCL sub-brand isn’t stopping there with its Berlin showcases, although the 6, 7 and 10-inch new Pop 4 releases are arguably far less attractive. In case the name rings a bell, it’s because the Alcatel Pop 4 lineup was actually inaugurated back at February’s MWC with 5 and 5.5-inch models. Unfortunately, the ...

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    While Samsung is still reportedly working on an untethered Gear VR equivalent gloriously codenamed Odyssey, and Google probably put the kibosh on an in-house virtual reality headset to make the most of the Daydream software platform, a tier 2 Android device manufacturer surprisingly rises to unveil one of the world’s first “all-in-one” VR hardware products. That’s to say the Alcatel Vision (pretty cool name, by the way) doesn’t need a connected smartphone or the guts of a PC to transport you into a parallel universe, featuring its very own dual 3.8-inch AMOLED displays, octa-core ...

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    What’s in a name? In the case of the IFA 2016-unveiled mid-end Alcatel Shine Lite smartphone, everything. Shine, of course, stands for a “premium design experience”, at least considering the sub-$200 (i.e. $199, presumably) recommended retail price, while Lite gives away the non-flagship overall nature of the 5-inch Android off the bat, despite most of the key specifications remaining under wraps. Selfie addicts will be happy to hear their infatuation with themselves is supported by a front-facing flash attached to an otherwise average-sounding 5MP secondary camera, whereas the main ...

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    Instead of simply sending over-the-air Android 6.0 updates to their late 2015-released Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL phones running 5.1 out the box, MetroPCS and T-Mobile appear to have decided to pick up brand new Fierce 4 models. Available at the nation’s leading “Un-carrier” starting “this fall”, and up for grabs already at participating stores of T-Mo’s prepaid daughter operator, the Alcatel Fierce 4 however doesn’t feel very new. In fact, besides pre-loaded Marshmallow goodies, which should still make their way OTA to the Fierce XL ASAP, the fourth-gen phablet merely bumps ...

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    Well, this is beyond confusing. The same exact phone, with the same exact humdrum design and outdated hardware specifications, available on four US carriers under three different names. First, Boost and Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid-specialized daughter operators, picked up the Alcatel Dawn a little over a month ago, charging just $70 with no-contract activations. In the meantime, the price dropped to $60, and now $30 on Cricket Wireless, where the entry-level 4.5-inch phone is branded Alcatel Streak. The Dawn/Streak can also be purchased starting today from Best Buy on AT&T ...

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    Maybe the $99 ZTE ZMAX PRO was a little too rich for your blood? Okay, maybe, but you know what'd make a great burner phone on MetroPCS? The Alcatel TRU. It's $29 and it gets the job done with a Snapdragon 210 and 1GB of RAM powering a 5-inch FWVGA display. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel one in front and you'll store pictures within the 8GB of internal storage and up to 32GB more via microSD. Alcatel tops it off with a 2,000mAh battery, Android Lollipop and a "soft noir faux leather back". Again, you'll be tied to Metro for the ride, — though as a prepaid ...

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    Juan's review of the Alcatel Idol 4S is LIVE, but what did Juan get wrong in his review? Apple sells it's billionth phone while sales decline. Blackberry delivers the "world's most secure Android smartphone", but can we trust that claim in the light of recent encryption issues? Those stories, and we'll tackle your viewer emails! Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 211 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the live video broadcast at 2:00pm Eastern on July 28th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here. And don't forget to shoot your ...

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    The US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands are now free to pre-order the DTEK50, BlackBerry's first of two mid-range smartphones for the next year. As rumored, the phone is produced by TCL and is very much similar to the Alcatel Idol 4. We saw a quick hit of specifications earlier today, but we now can bring you some specifics. Here's a full chart: [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.2 inches Resolution,1920 x 1080 Pixel desnity,424 ppi SoC,Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Type,Octa-core Speed,4 x 1.5GHz / 4 x 1.2GHz GPU,Adreno 405 RAM,3GB Storage,16GB (microSD-expandable ...

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    Despite the moderate box-office success of its rookie Android-based hardware effort, BlackBerry is still looking to release no less than three new phones running the world’s most popular OS over the next few months, according to rock-solid sources. The first of the bunch is arguably the least glamorous model, and should go official later today ahead of a commercial rollout a month down the line. In case early renders, a recently leaked pic starring the device’s rear, as well as chatter around the interwebs, didn’t make it clear enough, we now have confirmation the BlackBerry Neon, or ...

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    Looking for the cheapest possible way to experience the immersion and growing wonders of virtual reality? A $15 or so Google Cardboard can be paired with many budget-friendly Android smartphones, but for a grand total of just $200, Alcatel and Cricket Wireless have a much better VR fix incoming. AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary is surprisingly the exclusive carrier of the Idol 4 handheld stateside, packaging the beautiful glass-and-metal-made 5.2-incher with its very own VR headset. The goggles are of course no match for premium products like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, though they’re ...

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    The phone comes inside a VR headset. What more can you ask for? Well, a lot, and we're finally able to tell you a lot about the Alcatel Idol 4S. It's a rather powerful mid-range phone that we've been waiting for since MWC and after some delay, it's finally ready for sale in the US. Not much has changed since our hands-on in February, including its Gothic and glassy build. It comes in any color you'd like, as long as it's dark gray. You'll find some reserved, but powerful 3.6W front-facing stereo speakers tuned by Waves Audio and certified by JBL, delivering some Hi-Fi noise to your ...

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    For a faltering tech giant that many expected to vanish after Microsoft’s 2014-completed acquisition of its once thriving mobile phone business, Nokia is sure making frequent headlines and waves of late with various mergers, sales and partnerships. It’s clearly the dawn of a new era for the Finnish company now supervised by President and CEO Rajeev Suri, an era where telecommunications infrastructure and patents take precedence over mainstream consumer hardware, although Nokia-branded wearables and non-Lumia smartphones are also in the pipeline. Before those can turn a profit, ...

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    Specialized in ultra-low-cost Android or Windows smartphones and tablets you’re not typically ashamed to show off in public, Alcatel OneTouch probably focused on the affordability angle too hard, and not enough on the bang for buck Virgin and Boost Mobile customers will get from the 4.5-inch Dawn. Hopefully, this won’t be the dawn of a new era for Marshmallow-powered handsets, marking the ill-advised return of FWVGA display resolution in the limelight. Those of you who are no longer familiar with the acronym will be shocked to hear it stands for Full Wide Video Graphics Array, or 854 x ...

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    While the name “Priv” certainly had an odd ring to it at first, it wasn’t hard to grasp its origin and implication. Short for privacy, it played on a paramount selling point of BlackBerry phones since, well, forever. Now, the Android-powered QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen hybrid pretty much failed to substantially revive the Canadian company’s long-struggling consumer hardware business, but of course, the moniker isn’t at fault. As such, you may have expected a brand perpetuation of sorts this year in the mid-range “Hamburg” and/or Rome. The former doesn’t look like it’ll ...

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    BlackBerry could be saving money on its "mobility solutions" unit not by giving it up entirely — to investors' chagrin — but through an ODM agreement. Roland Quandt of WinFutre.de picked up a Wi-Fi Alliance certification dated June 24 for a TCL Communications (or, Alcatel to the consumer side) device with model number STH100-2. Blackberry Hamburg STH100-2 (5.2in FHD, SD615 etc) is made by TCL/ALCATEL! Blackberry outsourcing production/design? pic.twitter.com/m9ope583Ox — Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 25, 2016 Previous rumors tied the moniker with BlackBerry Hamburg, one of two ...

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    Last year's Alcatel OneTouch did an amazing job at selling a solid product with the Idol 3. Great specs, great design and a great price tag were enough to land a solid place as one of our favorite devices to recommend for 2015. Fast Forward to 2016, switch the company name to just Alcatel, and along came the Idol 4 that made a ton of headlines at MWC, but yes, we've been waiting since MWC. Clove has just announced that it has received stock of the Alcatel Idol 4, along with the VR headset that it was announced with, and yes, shipping begins right away. £229 including VAT will land you a ...

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    While today's the day the OnePlus 3 gets its shine on, you might be surprised at who will pop up next in the value crunching sector. Take a look at Vodafone UK's new Smart Platinum 7, set to come to the carrier on June 20. It has a 5.5-inch quad HD screen all lit up with AMOLEDs, a 16-megapixel rear camera with an 8-megapixel front facer, a "powerful octa-core processor" 3GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 32GB of storage Android Marshmallow and a Smart VR headset to boot. The phone will go for £300 all at once or from £28 per month. If this thing looks ...

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