Posts tagged with: Alcatel
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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 later this week. And don't forget to shoot ...

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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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    Alcatel is still holding onto its Idol 4 series of phones that many Android and Windows 10 Mobile users have been looking forward to. In the meantime, if you own a more-than-year-old Idol 3, you're finally getting Android Marshmallow starting today. Alcatel actually tweeted out a video that we simply just cannot top. We’re excited to share that Android M is available for unlocked IDOL 3 devices beginning today!https://t.co/Ml3dpOtH75 — Alcatel USA (@ALCATEL1TOUCH) June 8, 2016 Did you unmute it? Unmute it and get back to us. Yep. Unfortunately, we're only talking just unlocked ...

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    It’s sure been an eventful past couple of days in the “Uncarrier” camp, what with John Legere turning it up to 11 and offering T-Mobile shares to customers just for being customers, and yesterday’s free perks paralyzing the operator’s servers for many hours straight due to ridiculously high demand. But T-Mo being T-Mo, it’s not about to stop there in its never-ending quest to woo disgruntled Verizon, AT&T and Sprint users, incentivizing potential switchers with free iPhones and cheap tablets for Father’s Day. Father’s Day, of course, is still more than ten days away, so ...

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    In the United States, when you talk about smartphones, you usually talk about how much of the rest of the market is affected by Apple's weight. Not the case anymore. In Counterpoint Research's latest Market Monitor report for the first quarter, Cupertino's lead on the other OEMs has been thinning out for the past year. It has dropped from 46 percent last year to 33 percent this year. While it still heads the pack, Samsung is nipping at the heels with a 28 percent share, 2 percent better than 2015. LG dropped 1 percent to 15 percent, but that's after seven straight quarters of gains. ...

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    It's the end of May and we're getting a little anxious about how Hong Kong-based TCL is holding off on its latest flagships. Sure, we can give a point to the company for trying to find a nice spot of its own after a very congested flagship season that carried on last week and looks to continue even in June. Still, wouldn't it be nice to hear of some good news about the Alcatel Idol 4? The Idol 4s? Well, how about the Idol 4 PRO running Windows 10 Mobile? It's on its way and it's already gotten the certification it needs from the Wi-Fi Alliance. We see that this "IDOL4 PRO TMO" will almost ...

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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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