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Take a look at Alcatel's new One Touch lineup of smartphones

07 January 2013
Tags: Android, Gingerbread, Jelly Bean

This year at CES, Alcatel decided that it wants to be among the first to unveil its latest smartphones. The new lineup has two major stars - the Scribe X and Scribe HD-LTE.

Check out Alcatel's new One Touch lineup of smartphones

The Scribe X has some impressive specs, which include a 5" 1080p display, a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, and a 12 MP shooter. The same specs can be found on the Scribe HD-LTE, with the addition of an LTE antenna. In addition, there will be a Scribe HD, which will also feature a 5'' screen, but of 720p resolution instead of FullHD.

The Scribe HD is set to run on a quad-core 1.2GHz SoC from MediaTek, and will sport 1 GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage, all of which will rely on a 2500 mAh battery. As for the cameras, you can expect an 8MP one on the back, and a 2MP front-facing one.

All of the above-mentioned smartphones will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Moving on to the next Alcatel smartphone, we have the One Touch Idol Ultra, representing the company's proposal for the ''world's thinnest smartphone'' title. It only measures 6.45mm, which is the current record, but CES has only started, and we might see more similar contenders.

The Idol Ultra features a 4.7" HD (720p, not FullHD) screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8MP camera coupled with a 1.3MP front-facer, both of which record at 720p. Oh, and let's not forget about the similarly-spec'd One Touch Idol, which is thicker, and only sports a qHD screen and half the RAM of the its Idol Ultra brother.

It's great that Alcatel started to come up with more and more high-end phones, but don't think for a minute that it neglects the more affordable side of the market. Thus, the company presented its One Touch Pop family of three new handsets.

The alpha dog of this trio is the X'Pop which features a 4.5" qHD display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera alongside a microSD card slot, all of which will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Check out Alcatel's new One Touch lineup of smartphones

Next in line is the S'Pop, sporting a 3.5" HVGA display, a single-core 1GHz CPU, 512 MB of RAM, a 3.2 primary shooter and VGA front-facing snapper. Least and last we have the budget-grade T'Pop, which also features a 3.5" HVGA screen, 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera, but with a modest 256 MB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread onboard.

Alcatel failed to offer any specific pricing for the One Touch Pop lineup, but what it did announce is that the X'Pop will launch this month in Europe, Asia, and Africa, while the S'Pop and T'Pop will arrive in most Asian markets this month and next month, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Scribe HD will reach US soil Q3 of this year for $400, with an optional flip cover. There's no info regarding the pricing and availability for the Scribe X or Scribe HD-LTE, but chances are these smartphones will retail a bit later than the Scribe HD.

Finally, you can expect the One Touch Idol to arrive this month in China for 2799 RMB (about $449). There's no telling when or if it will reach other markets.

So, there you have it - a bunch of new smartphones, which are expected to bring a fresh new start for Alcatel. In all honesty, we believe that it won't be enough, and that they've only complicated themselves with too many smartphones, instead of focusing on fewer and better handsets. Still, we do wish them all the best!

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