Here starts the week that most technology enthusiasts both look forward to, and at the same time dread.. (in my case anyway). The Consumer Electronics Show is four days of announcements and show and tells from some of the biggest names in consumer electronics such as Sony, Samsung, Alcatel, NVidia, LG, Razer, and more. This year CES is being held at the Las Vegas Conference Center and already there has been a swarm of news, far too much for us to keep up with!
So lets begin with Alcatel. This year at CES they’ve revealed a large handful of devices, OneTouch Pop series, the OneTouch Idol Ultra, the OneTouch Scribe HD, and the OneTouch Tab.
First we’ll begin with the Pop Series, these three phones are Alcatels budget Android smartphones, and are expected to arrive within the next few months. The three devices are named the OneTouch X’Pop, S’Pop, and T’Pop.
The X’Pop is the best of the trio with a 4.5 inch qHD display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM and Android 4.1. The phone is said to come with a 5 megapixel rear camera, with a lesser quality VGA front facing camera, as well as a microSD card slot. Next in line we’ve got the One Touch S’Pop, a much smaller device with a 3.5 inch HVGA touch screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and Android 4.1. Much like the X’Pop the camera has a front facing VGA camera, with a microSD card slot, but this time it has a lower resolution 3.2 megapixel camera on the rear. Finally we’ve got the much less desirable One Touch T’Pop it’s home to a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, only 256MB RAM and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). Much like the S’Pop it has a 3.2 megapixel camera and a microSD card slot but this time forgoing the front facing camera.
Handsets like these are perfect for the younger generation that are pining after a smartphone, but personally I wouldn’t recommend the last two devices as a replacement for an iPhone or a mid range Android device.
Next we’ve got the more desirable OneTouch Idol and the Idol Ultra. The Idol Ultra has been coined as the ‘worlds slimmest smartphone’ at 6.45mm. This model is home to a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.1 OS. Along side that it boasts a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities. The Idol Ultra comes with Google’s Android Jelly Bean OS. Unfortunately there’s no option to expand the storage of the Idol Ultra so that leaves the handset with the only option of 8GB internal storage – the sacrifice of expandable memory was to achieve the thinness of 6.45mm, is this a smart move?
The Idol however is a step down from the Idol Ultra and has a 4.7-inch qHD IPS display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 512MB of RAM and Android’s Jelly Bean OS.
We’ll move onto Alcatels Galaxy Note competitor, the OneTouch Scribe HD, a phablet with a 5-inch HD IPS display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM, a microSD slot and Android 4.1. The One Touch Scribe HD is said to be “stylus ready” but doesn’t actually come with a stylus – I assume they’ll be sold separately.
The OneTouch Pop series and the Scribe HD both come in a variety of colours, and all devices mentioned here are aiming for a 2013 release.
Last but by no means least, Alcatels OneTouch Tab series. We’ll begin with the One Touch Tab 7 HD. This device houses a 7-inch WXGA (1,280 x 800) IPS display, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with a microSD card slot! Next is the One Touch Tab 8 HD, which includes an 8-inch XGA (1,024 x 768) IPS display, as well as the same a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal as the One Touch 7 HD. Both tabs have a rather disappointing 2-megapixel rear camera, and a lower resolution VGA front facing camera.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper we’ve also got the One Touch Tab 7, it’s got a 7-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) TFT display, a single-core 1GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. There’s no rear camera (much like the Kindle Fire HD) but the front facing VGA camera remains. Unlike the HD variants this model only has 4GB but don’t panic, it also has a microSD slot! All three tablets also come with Android 4.1!
All three tablet have been given a price though! The 7 HD has been given a $149 price tag, the 8-inch model; $179, and the basic 7-inch model is a tasty $129.
So that’s it for Alcatel reveals, not bad at all! I’m interested to see how the Scribe HD and the OneTouch Tab 7 HD does when they’re released a little later this year!