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″.
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!