Alcatel was by far the busiest bee of last month’s CES, but apparently the French OEM is not yet done with product unveilings. It’s therefore time to meet the “Star” of the new One Touch family.
But don’t let the name fool you. The One Touch Star is definitely not Alcatel’s crown jewel. In fact, if we compare it with the Scribe X or the OT Idol Ultra, it looks terribly modest. But it’ll probably come with an ultra-low price point, so you’ll most likely be inclined to overlook its dated specs.
That said, let’s sink our teeth into said specs. We have a 4-inch 800 x 480 pix res panel, a dual-core 1 GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM to start with. Moving on from hors d’oeuvres, the main course includes a 5 MP rear-facing camera with LED Flash, 4 GB of on-board memory, a microSD card slot and a 1,500 mAh battery, served with an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-flavored side dish.
Nothing too gourmet there, but if you’re on a balanced diet it’s probably scrumptious enough to keep you going. And if you’re also in for some dessert, Alcatel calls Star’s design “simply irresistible”.
We don’t know about irresistible, but the “petite and devilishly bright” handheld is certainly stylish. It comes in several different color combos, including a snazzy white-and-pink scheme, and it weighs just 119 grams while measuring 9.7 mm in thickness.
And if you were not yet convinced the Star is targeted at emerging markets, this will seal the deal – the Star is set to come in both single and dual SIM versions (model numbers 6010 and 6010D respectively).
Knowing all that, you might expect us to give you some specifics on pricing and availability as well. However, at the risk of disappointing you, we don’t have anything official on that at the moment. Unofficially, we think the One Touch Star is to be shown off later this month, at MWC, and commercially released soon after.
As for price points, a Swedish retailer is currently listing the unlocked fellow (with one SIM card slot, we think) at SEK 2,000, which is around $310. That sounds about right for Europe, but if the Star is to shine in America and Asia as well we’d expect it to go for a few clams less. Would you be interested in it at $310? How about $270? $250?