Alcatel unveils One Touch Idol X+, Pop C9 and two new tablets

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 6, 2014


Ahead of the official start of CES, Alcatel has now unveiled two new Android handsets, the Idol X+ and the Pop C9. For those looking for a budget tablet, the company has also announced the Pop 7 and Pop 8 tablets.

Alcatel isn’t exactly a well-known brand in the United States, but it’s hoping to shake things up a bit with it’s latest offerings. So what exactly does Alcatel’s latest line-up bring to the table? Let’s take a quick look:

Alcatel One Touch Idol X+

First up, there’s the Idol X+ (picture above), the successor to the original Idol X. This time around we get a 2GHz MediaTek octa-core CPU, a 5-inch 1080p display, 16GB storage, microSD, a 13.1MP back cam, 2MP front cam and a 2500 mAh battery. The phone also claims to have sound quality that is about four times better than a standard CD, thanks to its SACD technology.

Like many recent Alcatel handsets, the Idol X+ is expected to arrive to North America at some point. While the company has yet to set pricing or even a release date in stone, it is believed the handset will come in somewhere in the sub-$350 range.


Alcatel Pop C9

The Pop C9 is a brand new super-sized handset for Alcatel, with a 5.5-inch display with a less than impressive resolution of just 540 x 960. The Pop C9 features a 1.3Ghz quad-core CPU with 1GB RAm, and other specs include an 8MP back cam, 2MP front cam, 4GB storage, microSD and a 2,500 mAh battery.

The Pop C9 is obviously intended for folks that are interested in a big-screen handset but don’t necessarily want or need the latest and greatest hardware. Of course a qHD resolution is going to look pretty awful on such a large display, but to each their own.

The Pop C9 is expected to launch in a variety of different colors, though no word on the exact pricing or if the handset will even make its way to the North American market.


Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 and Pop 8

The last of Alcatel’s lineup are the Pop 7 and Pop 8 Android tablets, both of which are powered by the same 1.3GHz dual-core CPU with just 1GB of RAM. The two models also share the same 2MP main cam, .3MP front cam, and 4GB internal storage with microSD.

The only real difference here is the Pop 7 has a 7-inch display with a resolution of1024 x 600 pixels, while the Pop 8 has an 8-inch display with a 1280 x 800 resolution.

Neither device has a solid price or release date just yet, other then “sometime later in 2014”.

Wrap up

None of Alcatel’s latest handsets or tablets are going to blow anyone away, but if you’re looking for budget-oriented handsets that still pack reasonably decent features, Alcatel’s devices could certainly fit the bill.

We’ll be sure to update this post with hands-on videos and more photos as CES progresses and, as always, be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority for all the latest news from CES 2014!

  • Luqmaan Mathee

    If only mediatek released their sources, I’d buy those phones.

  • Luka

    If Alcatel did what OPPO did with CM than I would start to notice their phones. Or even a clean Android would interest me.

  • MasterMuffin

    Is that the octa core that put every other CPU to shame in benchmarks?

    • apianist16

      Well, it edged the SD800 out by 5-10%, but the GPU is nowhere near as powerful. Also, I’m pretty sure the SD800 is more efficient.

      • MasterMuffin

        Yea the downside was the GPU :/ But don’t be so sure about the efficiency!

        • apianist16

          Completely off-topic, but I want to ask. Do they have LTE up there in Finland?

          • MasterMuffin

            Yes, but just on the biggest areas ( pictures start from page 20 if you’re interested. The info is from 2012, LTE coverage has spread more). My city is considered big enough to have LTE (30 thousand people :D)

          • apianist16

            What speeds do you get?

          • MasterMuffin

            No idea. Even though I have Nexus 5 (which is 4G phone), I have only 3G plan because HSPA+ is good enough for me

    • Jayfeather787

      The Mediatek is indeed more powerful than the Snapdragon 800 by far. It scored over 70 % higher in benchmarks over the either the note 3 or lg g2, I forgot, it is in the thl review on this website. However, I do not know about real world performance. The thing for me is even though it is a super powerful chip, Mediatek is closed source, and that means almost no ROM support, so I won’t be buying it. But if you do not worry about updates and dev support, and want a good phone, this is for you. Nexus 5 is still my favorite. And another weird thing is the GPU. The GPU is older, and thus less powerful, but has a much higher clock speed. The GPU in the Snapdragon 800 is clocked at 450 MHz, and this one is clocked at 700 MHz. It is a little strange, but the Adreno 330 maybe has more cores, shaders, architecture…

      • apianist16

        The Adreno 330 walks all over the Mali GPU in that Mediatek chip. And really, GPU performance is super important, so I’ll pass on this chip just because of that.

        • Jayfeather787

          I know, that’s what I said, the Adreno 330 is far superior, I am just a little confused as to why. I can’t wait for Adreno 450.

      • MasterMuffin

        I wouldn’t change my Nexus 5 for this ever, just wondering!

        • Jayfeather787

          Oh you have a Nexus 5. Never trade it for anything until Nexus 5 successor. You have the best phone in the world, thank you for buying it. This sucks compared to Nexus 5, ans everything that currently exists pales in comparison to this.

  • vell

    I stopped reading the moment I read mediatek processor.