Alcatel One Touch intros budget Android smartphones

The Ultra 995 has a 4.3-inch screen and is powered by 1.4 GHz processor

Alcatel One Touch has introduced 12 Android-based smartphones, including the Ultra 995, which will cost about US$250 and have a 4.3-inch screen.

A growing interest in cheaper smartphones is one of the trends at Mobile World Congress that Alcatel One Touch, which is a brand that belongs to Chinese company TCL Communication, wants to capitalize on.

The Ultra 995 runs Android 2.3 and is the most advanced of its new models. The smartphone's screen has 800-by-480 pixel resolution and is powered by a 1.4GHz processor from Qualcomm.

Other hardware specifications include a 5-megapixel camera that can shoot video at 720p and a MicroSD card slot to expand the rather paltry 1GB of end-user memory.

The price without subsidies is the same as Nokia's low-cost Windows Phone-based smartphone Lumia 610, which has a screen with the same resolution as the Ultra 995, but measures 3.7 inches. The Lumia has 8GB of memory, but there is no card slot.

On the other side of the spectrum in Alcatel One Touch's Android portfolio there is the 903, which will cost $150. It too runs Android 2.3, but the lower price comes at the sake of features. The screen measures 2.8 inches and the phone is powered by a 650MHz processor.

The company is also working on an Android 4.0-based tablet that will have a 7-inch screen and an aluminum body, it said.

Along with its Chinese competitors ZTE and Huawei, which are hoping to move in to the high-end market, Alcatel One Touch has a chance to threaten the established order in the handset market, according to market research company CCS Insight

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?