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Alcatel: Smartphones with an E-ink cover and transparent edges

Alcatel: Smartphones with an E-ink cover and transparent edges

It's becoming an increasingly difficult challenge to make one's mark in the ever expanding smartphone market. Alcatel managed to do this with its new devices the One Touch Idol Alpha and the One Touch Hero with some very interesting new elements: transparent, ''lighting-up'' edges and a cover which works simultaneously as an E-ink reader. These are the official pictures. A tablet and a ''mini'' smartphone were also presented today.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha (left) und One Touch Hero. / © Alcatel/AndroidPIT

One Touch Idol Alpha

The French-Chinese company Alcatel still isn't a full-blown player in the smartphone world market, but it wasn't too long ago when the Alcatel One Touch Easy was a very widely distributed device, like we discovered when asking people what their first mobile phone was.

With both of the new devices, which will be presented in the next couple of days at the IFA, Alcatel will finally have a chance to revive the good old days and will receive a little bit of the limelight, even if the company isn't considered a manufacturing monster. The transparent smartphone edges aren’t exactly new since Sony already did this with their Xperia SP. However Alcatel has also decorated the One Touch Idol Alpha with two transparent ends giving it a very interesting design. Not only that, the edges light up differently with various modes, like when receiving notifications, whilst charging or in video mode. This should look interesting and I'm wondering what this will do to the battery. The tech specs are listed at the end of the article.

One Touch Hero

The Hero, with its 6-inches is more of a phablet than a smartphone and comes with a stylus pen. The accessories look more interesting than the device itself! It comes with a MagicFlip Case, a protective covering which on the front side allows you to see LED notifications. Another interesting part is the E-Ink cover for viewing display information in a more energy-friendly way. This is a feature that has already been requested by many of you out there. The mini projector, which also works as a docking station, is easily connected with the Hero and is an interesting accessory. These are only a few of the extras.

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The One Touch Hero from Alcatel. / © Alcatel

Smartphones don't always need to impress by the way they were built. In fact, clever accessories can be a great reason to buy a device. We will take a look at both devices during the IFA this week and let you know about our discoveries. So don't wander off now!

System Android 4.2 Unknown, possibly Android 4.2
Processor Quad-Core, 1.2 GHz unknown
Memory 1 GB 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB 8/16 GB + microSD bis 32 GB
Display 5.7 Zoll, HD, IPS (1,280 x 720 Pixel) 6-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel)
Camera 12.1 MP (back), 1.3 MP (front) Unknown
Connectivity Dual-SIM; WI-FI, HSDPA; Bluetooth 4.0 Dual-SIM (with the 16 GB model). DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS with A-GPS
Battery 2,000 mAh 3,400 mAh
Dimensions ?? x ?? x 7.5 mm  Unknown

The EVO 8HD and One Touch Idol Mini

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The One Touch Idol Mini (left) and the Evo 8HD. © Alcatel/AndroidPIT

Along with the two smartphones, two more devices have been released: the new Alcatel tablet EVO 8HD and the One Touch Idol Mini. These can be classified in the upper-mid level class and can also be used with the clever new accessories that were presented above. 

System Android 4.2.2 Android 4.2
Processor Rockchip Dual-Core ARM Cortex A9, 1.6 GHz 1.3 GHz, Dual-Core
Memory 1 GB Unknown
Internal Storage 4 GB + microSD up to 64 GB Unknown
Display 8-inch, HD, IPS (1,024 x 768 pixel) 4.3 Zoll, HD, IPS (1,280 x 720 pixel)
Camera 3 MP (back), 2 MP (front) Unknown
Connectivity 3G und 4G Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 Dual-SIM
Battery 4,160 mAh Unkown
Dimensions Unknown  127.1 x 62 x 7.95 mm, 96 grams

Via: Engadget

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  • I think the e-ink/smartphone combo is brilliant, because I love my phone and I love my e-reader but I hate to read on my phone and don't always want to carry both. So while this may well go down like a ton of bricks in the market place, I for one think it's a great innovation and I can't wait to see how it looks tomorrow!

  • I really like the Hero one. Looks very nice and if that stylus is any good I'm tempted to try it out. You also get a very nice package with all those accessories. That's something you don't see with other, bigger manufacturers.