Mobile World Congress is in full swing starting today, and Alcatel (or rather, TCL, the Chinese company behind the brand) simply couldn’t help itself and announced some more new smartphones. This comes after the same company unveiled no less than 13 devices last month at CES. Strictly in terms of announcements, Alcatel is becoming very hard to keep up with. Of course, how that will translate into actual sales remains to be seen.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol X is possibly going to be the flagship offering from this Chinese company for this year. It comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen with incredibly narrow bezels, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, a 13 MP camera, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which may just be a first for a non-Nexus phone. Furthermore, it looks like an almost stock build, without any cruft added by Alcatel.
The battery capacity is disappointing if you’re looking to actually use the handset all day, then again the whole device is just 7.1 mm thin. The narrow bezels around the screen practically ensure that this device will be extremely pocketable. There’s no LTE support, so this will most likely not make it to any LTE-capable carriers (and probably not at all in the LTE-enamored US).
Next up, Alcatel added a new member to its One Touch Scribe family too – meet the One Touch Scribe Easy. This has a 5-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, a 5 MP camera, and a stylus (as seen below). It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and is one of the lowest-end 5-inchers we’ve ever heard of. The screen’s resolution alone is probably a really bad idea, unless your sight is so impaired that you won’t actually be able to see those pixels – and it needs to be pretty bad for that to happen.
The Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy features some ‘dedicated creative apps’ which let you do creative things with that stylus. It also has a magnetic cover called MagicFlip, which has a place for the stylus to rest, protects the screen while the phone is not used, and also comes in red, blue, or yellow – providing a bit of color to the Scribe Easy.