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 through Friday, covering various needs of a budget-focused target audience.
Although it remains mostly cloaked in secrecy when it comes to specifications and specifics, the entry-level 8-inch Pixi 3 is without a doubt the main star here, running Windows 10 out the box. The Pixi 4 Android roster is just as mysterious, and all we really know about it is it includes compact 3.5 and 4-inch handhelds, plus a 6-inch phablet and 7-inch slate.
Finally, the CareTime GPS watch is a little more transparent regarding principal features and key selling points, delivering “peace of mind for parents”, a colorful, playful design and simple user interface for children, both Android and iOS compatibility, and IP65 certification for dust and “low-pressure water jets” protection.
Aside from always tracking the user’s location, the CareTime piece enables call initiation to 5 registered phone numbers, as well as replies to 10 pre-set contacts. Due out in Europe and Latin America in April, this thing can’t cost more than $100. Hopefully, the Pixi 3 Windows 10 tablet will be similarly affordable, and not too crappy hardware-wise.