Alcatel OneTouch unveils the 17.3-inch Xess tablet, a watch and three phones at IFA 2015
Here at IFA 2015, Alcatel OneTouch has just unveiled a bevy of new mobile devices, including a big 17.3-inch tablet, three new Android-powered smartphones and a watch. There’s quite a bit to cover here, so let’s dive right in.
First up is the Alcatel OneTouch Xess tablet (pictured above), that sports a giant 17.3-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 64GB. It also has a 5MP front-facing camera, a big 10000mAh battery, runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and sports a pair of powerful 3-watt JBL speakers that should provide some great audio quality. This new device is aiming to be a family-oriented tablet for use in the kitchen for displaying recipes, in the living room for watching movies, and more. It even comes with a built-in stand, stylus and slide-out carrying handle. The stand will let you lay the Xess tablet flat, at a 30-degree angle for drawing, a 50-degree angle for cooking or a 75-degree angle for watching videos.
Next up are two new additions to Alcatel OneTouch’s GO Family line – the Go Play and Go Watch. The Go Play is an Android-powered smartphone that comes with a 5.0-inch TFT display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It also sports an 8MP rear cam, 5MP front cam, a 2500mAh battery and runs Android Lollipop. The Alcatel OneTouch Go Play comes with IP67 certification for water, dust and shock proofing. It comes in eight vibrant colors with headsets to match, and you can even shoot photos from underwater with the device.
The company also unveiled a watch today called the Go Watch. It runs proprietary software (sorry, no Android Wear), though it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It features a 1.22-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 204, a 180MHz Cortex-M4 CPU, a 225mAh battery and can fully charge in about an hour. Like the Go Play, the Go Watch features IP67 certification, and will also be able to give you SMS, email, calls and weather information on your wrist. You can customize the front casing and wristband, which is a nice feature as well.
The Go Watch also has this nifty feature that allows you to share your “emotion pulse measurement”. To do this, users can press the ‘Go’ button and an emotional graphic will be created based on the input from the gyroscope, heart rate sensor and accelerometer. Once you choose a theme that matches your mood, you can share this “emotion pulse” on social networking sites and even set it as your Go Watch’s wallpaper.
Last but not least, Alcatel OneTouch has taken the wraps off two new mid-range offerings, the POP UP and POP STAR. Starting with the POP UP, this device features a 5.0-inch 720p IPS LCD display, a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and microSD expansion up to 32GB. It comes with a 2000mAh battery, a 13MP rear shooter, a 5MP front shooter, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. The POP UP sports a metal frame and a 3D “spin effect” on the back cover, as well. It will be available in Black, Riva Blue, Amber Orange, White and Strawberry Red.
And to round things out, the POP STAR comes in both 3G and 4G capable variants, with both featuring slightly different specs. As for their similarities, both POP STAR variants come with a 5.0-inch 720p display, an 8MP rear cam, a 5MP front cam, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, up to 32GB of microSD expansion, and a 2000mAh battery. The 3G version comes with a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6580 processor and a single Micro SIM card slot. In contrast, the 4G model comes with a 1.0GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor and two Micro SIM card slots. The big news here is the ability to choose from 20 different designs, including leather, wood, a fashion-focused options.
Alcatel OneTouch says pricing and availability information for all devices will be announced in Q4. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more. What are your thoughts on Alcatel OneTouch’s new products?