Alcatel has its own Chromecast competitor which will be launched in several markets later this year for an affordable price, at least in those markets.
The Alcatel Home V102 is about as big as a memory stick and can connect via HDMI to a big screen TV in order to let you mirror your device’s display and beam local content on the bigger display – that’s one advantage it has over the Chromecast, which doesn’t have mirroring powers just yet, and is limited to only a few applications.
The Home V102 is not the first such dongle for the company, which launched a Home V100 similar accessory for the One Touch EVO 8 HD tablet back in early September.
According to the company, the Home V102 offers 2.4/5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac and supports 1080p streaming at 30 frames per second. The device will work with laptops, smartphones and tablets, although mobile devices will have to have Miracast support built-in to connect to the dongle.
The device will cost €49 or around $67 when it launches in the second quarter of the year, although it will only ship to Europe, Middle East and Africa initially. The Chromecast unofficially sells for the around the same amount in Europe, although Google is expected to launch its popular device in many more markets this year.
Those of you not happy with just the Chromecast should also check the Belkin Miracast Video Adapter, which costs $79.99 and has Home V102-like features.