Posts tagged with: Alcatel
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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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    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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