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 MetroPCS will start selling it on November 2 for $139 in physical stores nationwide and online.

T-Mo should follow suit sometime “later this winter”, possibly on November 30, judging from a home screen hint on the only product image issued by the “top five mobile phone manufacturer in North America.”

There’s no official mention of a Windows 10-powered Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL, while the Android configuration aims to stand out with 4G LTE connectivity speeds, 2 generous gigs of RAM, 16GB expandable storage, plus software add-ons like Polaroid photo editing and enhanced Google Translate capabilities (seriously?).

The large display delivers 1,280 x 720 pix res (HD) content, the rear-facing camera snaps up 8MP pics, the secondary shooter is capable of 2 megapixel selfies, and a 2,500 mAh battery takes care of the quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor’s energy consumption, allegedly lasting up to 12 hours in continuous talk time. Not a bad set of features overall, but you have to wonder whether the Fierce XL can hold a candle to the octa-core/Full HD Idol 3.

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