Posts tagged with: Alcatel
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    How badly do you want to see a truly compact Android powerhouse take on and perhaps tower above Apple’s 4-inch iPhone SE? Badly enough that you’re willing to settle for a diminutive flagship from a tier 2 manufacturer like Alcatel, since there’s no reported movement on the Samsung Galaxy S7 mini or HTC 10 mini fronts? If yes, then you should be happy to check out the high-end (-ish) specifications of an upcoming Alcatel Flash 3, revealed through GFX Bench just the other day. Unfortunately, this bad boy isn’t quite as small as some of you would desire, directly targeting the Sony ...

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    Apple's apocalypse/demise/plateau has firmed up enough for the time being to give Samsung the biggest portion of the US smartphone market. At least, it was the case back in March. Counterpoint Research reports that Apple had 23 percent market share, short of Samsung's 28.8 percent. It's the first monthly win for Samsung in 11 months and signals that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge did indeed have great first-month results, especially when pitting them against the Galaxy S6's sales. Rounding the top five are LG (17.1 percent), ZTE (6.6 percent) and Alcatel (4.5 percent). Global ...

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    While some manufacturers are content to target shoppers with just a handful of device options, Alcatel's a company that likes to play the field, and it's never been shy about introducing lots of new hardware, with widely varying device sizes. Back at CES earlier this year the manufacturer did just that with its POP lineup, delivering not just new phones, but also the quite thin POP 10 tablet. Now it's up to more of the same as it expands the POP family even further, announcing the new POP 7 LTE Lollipop tablet. If you're looking for lightning-charged specs and top-of-the-line components, ...

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    Remember when Alcatel was still Alcatel OneTouch, and alongside a cross-platform Go Watch, rugged Go Play phone and a bunch of other forgettable low-cost handhelds, it showcased this eccentric 17-incher ironically dubbed Xess at IFA Berlin? You probably don’t, especially as the TCL-owned brand had far more interesting things to unveil since last September, including the Fierce XL with Windows 10 Mobile, Idol 4 and Idol 4S Android flagships, and convertible PLUS 10 Win tablet. But the head-scratching Alcatel Xess somewhat surprisingly escapes vaporware status now, heading for the US in a ...

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    Alcatel has been reinventing itself in 2016 with a hefty and diversified portfolio of mobile products. Low-end phones and tablets came first while several phones are yet to come in Android and Windows 10 Mobile flavors. While we're focused on the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, we've been hearing word of an Idol 4 Mini and an Idol 4 Pro. Evan Blass of VentureBeat has been fielding some leaks on the latter two phones. He puts apples to apples, comparing the specs he got of the Idol 4 Pro with the like-designed Idol 4S. [table] Component,Idol 4 Pro,Idol 4S Screen size,5.5 inches,5.5 inches Screen ...

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    While we’ve seen a good couple of dozen device manufacturers surprisingly join forces with Microsoft lately to try to keep the mobile iteration of Windows afloat, you can still count the W10M flagships on the fingers of one hand. You have your road-opening Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the extremely similar Acer Liquid Jade Primo, and an HP Elite X3 we’re only expecting to actually go on sale in the summer. Of the four, just the last one packs the best possible processor these days, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, which anyway you look at it, is quite disappointing. But before long, the Alcatel ...

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    There are rampant rumors former high-profile partners of Microsoft like Samsung and HTC want nothing to do with the mobile incarnation of Windows anymore, and the Redmond-based tech giant itself may significantly trim down its smartphone portfolio this year. But a host of lesser known OEMs appear intent to keep the W10M flame burning, including VAIO, Acer, Archos, Trinity and especially Alcatel. The company that’s recently gone through a long overdue rebranding process looks just about ready to release its second Windows 10 Mobile device to date, dubbed Idol Pro 4 or Idol 4 Pro. Deemed a ...

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    Alcatel's been taking major strides recently towards increasing its brand awareness, launching some interesting new devices and streamlining its name. One oft-overlooked group in particular it's been reaching out to are Windows users, as it did with the launch of the affordable Fierce XL with Windows 10 Mobile. But while that was well and good for shoppers not too concerned with cutting-edge hardware, we've also been hearing whispers of a much better-equipped W10M handset, the Snapdragon 820-powered Idol Pro 4. Now we're picking up some new details on its specs, and the picture keeps ...

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    As we start settling in to March, MWC has already become a distant memory, and we start moving on from covering the launches of the latest smartphones to sitting back and waiting for some of these handsets to start turning up. So when we received notice this afternoon that Alcatel was starting sales of a new model through its web store, our thoughts immediately went to the latest MWC launches: were the Idol and Idol 4S arriving so soon? Or what about those Pop 4 models? As it turns out, we're turning back the clock quite a bit further as recall the last we ran into this model, as Alcatel ...

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    As Microsoft continues to drag its feet in getting full, public Windows 10 Mobile updates rolling for Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, its Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview program remains your best, if only option for getting a head start in using the company's latest software on some older hardware. Much like Windows Phone itself, though, access to the Insider program has been largely been a Lumia-only affair. Last spring, we finally started to see that change as the HTC One M8 for Windows became Insider-eligible, followed later in the year by the LG Lancet. That was a good start, but now ...

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    This was a big show. Rolling 360° video bots roamed the crowded grounds of Barcelona. Windows had a blitz of new products and they all didn't come from Microsoft. Alcatel loses its (One)Touch while Sony puts the Xperia Z line to snooze. Oh yeah, there are those two big phones we're talking about in the headline. You read it, didn't you? Or have you been hiding under a rock from the rumor surge leading up to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5. Well, whatever the case, prepare to learn a lot more than you've already found in hands-on videos and develop a sense of cynicism ...

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    Alcatel just turned over a new leaf by ditching the convoluted “OneTouch” branding suffix and taking the wraps off a pair of high-end Android phones, as well as its very first 2-in-1 Windows tablet, but old habits die hard, so you shouldn’t be shocked to see a few sub-flagship handhelds from the TCL subsidiary also unveiled at MWC 2016. These are confusingly dubbed Pop 4, Pop 4+, and Pop 4S (there’s already a Pop 2 in various screen sizes), and while pricing remains under wraps, we’re pretty sure you won’t be charged a small fortune. How could you when the Alcatel Pop 4 offers ...

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    Today may be ground zero for MWC's biggest smartphone launches, but yesterday we saw Alcatel (with its new name) get an early start on the new-phone announcements, sharing word of its long-awaited Idol 4 and Idol 4S. With the Idol 3 emerging as one of last year's surprise favorites – especially when we take into account the value afforded by its low price tag – we've been hugely anxious to see what Alcatel had planned for its follow-up. This weekend at MWC in Barcelona we're getting the chance to find out for ourselves, as we go hands on with Alcatel's new Idol 4 hardware. The new Idol ...

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    Keeping track of smartphone branding can be way trickier than it needs to be, even if you're a mobile device journalist: first there's Sony Ericsson, and then just Sony (OK, Sony Mobile), and Vaio used to be a Sony brand, and now it's not (only Sony still owns a share) … you see what we mean. The situation's been similarly tricky with Alcatel OneTouch, especially as it used to be partially owned by Alcatel-Lucent, but hasn't been for a while now, and particularly for users not familiar with the brand, it's not always clear if "OneTouch" is part of the overall branding, or the name of ...

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    Alcatel OneTouch has a new name, and as the straightforward “Alcatel,” the brand's announcing its very first smartphones under this new identity, confirming the flagships we've been looking forward to for some time now (and saw leak pretty thoroughly earlier this month), the Idol 4 and Idol 4S. We already had a lot of these details from that inadvertent early publication of specs, but it's nice to have launch-day confirmation all the same: The Idol 4 is a 5.2-inch 1080p handset running a Snapdragon 617, equipped with 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, and supporting microSD expansion. ...

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    Everyone seems to have a Windows 10 tablet out on the market these days. We saw a glut back at CES — a glut Alcatel was a part of — but for MWC, the newly re-christened company has decided to step up its offerings with a convertible tablet called the PLUS 10. That "10" tells of a 10-inch LCD at 1280 x 800 resolution. It's paired with two front-facing speakers (with "3D sound") as both stand as a hallmark of the intended multimedia experience. A quad-core processor powers the device with 32GB of storage, expandable by SD card. The 8,410mAh battery is believed to last an eight-hour day ...

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    As if the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL don’t have their work cut out for them enough from the outside, the high-end inside threats are also piling up, including the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, NuAns Neo, Vaio Phone Biz and, most likely, the HP Elite x3 and Alcatel OneTouch Idol Pro 4 before long too. Wait, wasn’t the Idol 4 supposed to be two upper mid-range Androids? Well, yeah, but that’s the non-Pro Idol 4 and Idol 4S. The “professional” configuration will reportedly run Windows 10 Mobile instead, and swap the relatively fast Snapdragon 617 processor for a crazy powerful 820 ...

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    When the original Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL variant debuted on T-Mobile and MetroPCS last fall, the affordable 5.5-inch Android understandably went unnoticed by most smartphone consumers, as it simply faced too much direct opposition, including from higher-profile brands, to stand out from the pack. But the Windows 10 Mobile remake is a whole different story, stealing the spotlight before it even went official, then undergoing the hands-on treatment at CES 2016 by popular demand. As rumored a couple of days back, the rehashed device is finally up for grabs on T-Mobile, for the same exact ...

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    The most generous, snarkiest, and also fastest-rising mobile operator when it comes to 4G LTE coverage strikes again for a limited time, bringing back a promotion that’s contributed to the survival of affordable Android tablets in several instances in the past. Forget affordable, the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 7 is outright available for free from T-Mobile starting February 5, as long as maintaining a 1GB or higher postpaid Simple Choice Mobile Internet plan for two years isn’t a problem. Technically, that means the Lollipop-powered 7-incher isn’t altogether free of charge, but what’s ...

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    Day 2 of CES (which is still day zero, as the show starts today, January 6) has been a rather busy day. Also known as "press day", it's when most of the companies show off their latest tech. Not that the day before was any slouch. In case you missed all the action on January 4, you can go ahead and see what you missed. Otherwise, read on for a recap of the most notable things that happened on January 5, 2016. Alcatel OneTouch Alcatel OneTouch brought a mix of Android and Windows 10 Mobile devices to this year's CES. There's a new OneTouch Pixi 4 family of smartphones with something for ...

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    Technically, the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas only kicks off on Wednesday, January 6. But the very Monday after New Year’s has always been the actual inauguration day of the internationally renowned technology trade show, as all exhibitors want an early piece of the spotlight. Some lower-profile ones, like Alcatel OneTouch, know full well they have to get a head start on their product announcements to make a few headlines, and stir up the interest of CES attendees. The Pixi 4 family, Pixi 3 tablet, and CareTime kid-friendly wearable will be displayed at Alcatel’s booth ...

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    Although Lumia 950’s AT&T exclusivity stateside was initially supposed to be limited and expire within three months of the flagship phone’s debut, it’s possible Microsoft’s new software update policy permanently drove away other carriers. There’s no word of an approaching T-Mobile expansion, let alone Sprint or Verizon launches, and instead Magenta is reportedly looking to sell an entry-level, low-cost Windows 10 Mobile device starting next month. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL was rendered in both Android and Windows flavors back in October, subsequently seeing daylight on ...

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    After spoiling fans of AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless with a robust yet exquisitely cheap 5.5-inch Idol 3, up-and-coming device manufacturer Alcatel OneTouch has a big surprise in store for MetroPCS and T-Mobile customers too. Well, the Fierce XL hasn’t exactly been the world’s best kept secret, as specs of a Windows version were leaked a long time ago, then renders of both that and an alternative Android model surfaced about ten days back. But the handheld is still big (literally), at 5.5 inches, loaded with 5.1 Lollipop software goodies, and quite affordable, as ...

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    In the interest of device manufacturer equality, the most prominent figure in the mobile leaking business has recently started giving phones from smaller brands some pre-release time in the spotlight. Of course, Alcatel isn’t exactly a high-profile Samsung, Apple, LG or even Huawei rival, but the looming OneTouch Fierce XL deserves a bit of attention, since it’s one of the very few non-Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile products on the horizon. By no means a flagship, the 5.5-incher was revealed last month to pack a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 2GB RAM, and 4G LTE connectivity, which ...

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    Up-and-coming TCL-owned device manufacturer Alcatel had quite a strong showing at IFA 2015 earlier this month, essentially taking the wraps off at least one model of everything you can think of. Cross-platform smartwatches, rugged phones, ultra-low-cost Androids, slightly higher-end handhelds, a gigantic tablet, you name it, Alcatel brought it to Berlin. Incredibly enough, there’s even more to come from the budget specialist, including a Windows phablet and camera-centric 5-inch Android. The latter has just quietly gone official under the moniker OneTouch Flash 2, obviously following in ...

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