TCL Communication is behind the Alcatel brand. We are talking about a China-based company with global ambitious. So far their money was on cheap phones. The next step were the Android-powered smartphones, most of them best-buy models, with affordable price and entry-level technical specs.
At CES 2013 the companies wanted to show that their ambitions go beyond low-end models. The flagship smartphone for the first half of 2013 will be Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra. But what is behind this pompous name?
Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is only 6.45 mm thick, becoming world’s thinnest smartphone. It also packs a 4.7-inch AMOLED display with HD resolution and a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz.
Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, features 1 GB of RAM and has an 8 megapixel camera mounted on the back.
Another Alcatel smartphone that debuted at CES 2013 is One Touch Idol, some sort of entry-level variant of the aforementioned terminal. Alcatel One Touch Idol brings a 4.7-inch qHD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels making use of IPS technology, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. Like its more powerful brother, One Touch Idol has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board.
Alcatel also unveiled a phablet-wannabe at CES 2013, called One Touch Scribde HD. The device sports a 5-inch IPS display with HD resolution, dual-core processor at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
It will be interesting to see the markets where the three new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered smartphones will be sold, and if the price is right, they could become sales hits of the mid-end segment.