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Today at CES, Alcatel unveiled a number of new devices including  the Evo 7 and Evo 7 HD tablets and the Scribe line of 5-inch phablets led by the full HD Scribe X. The phone maker didn’t stop here though, and has also introduced what it calls “the world’s slimmest smartphone”, the One Touch Idol Ultra.

Alcatel is a brand that is relatively well known in Europe, where the French company Alcatel had a long track record of manufacturing phones. But the smartphone revolution in the mid-2000s caught the firm off guard, and the only hope of salvation was a joint venture with China’s TCL Corp. After years of reorganization, the products of this venture are now emerging, in the form of a number of competitive smartphones and tablets.

Getting back at today’s news, the Idol Ultra is just 6.45mm thick, which is 15% thinner than another one-time contender to the “world’s thinnest” title, the iPhone 5. Spec-wise, the Idol Ultra is reasonably well endowed:

  • 6.45 mm thickness, 119g weight
  • 4.7-inch HD (1,280 x 720) Super AMOLED (Pentile) display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear/1.3MP front
  • Quad-band GSM/dual-band HSPA
  • Android 4.1

Unfortunately, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra won’t ever be sold in the US, simply because its super-thin profile prevent it from obtaining the mandatory FCC certification. The device will be sold in China for 2,799 RMB ($449) starting this month.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol

Alcatel also showed off the One Touch Idol, a “fatter” version of the Idol Ultra that features 8.15mm and weighs in at a light 110g. The Idol features a 4.7-inch qHD (960 x 540) IPS display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, and 512MB of RAM.

The HSPA Idol will come with a dual-SIM variant, and is likely to be picked up by at least one US carrier in the future.


World’s Slimmest Smartphone, ALCATEL ONE TOUCH Idol Ultra, Unveiled at 2013 Consumer Electronic Show

Las Vegas, Nevada (Consumer Electronic Show) – January 7, 2013 – TCL Communication, the leading global designer and manufacturer of ALCATEL ONE TOUCH branded mobile devices, today announced the brands 2013 smartphone lineup, including the world’s slimmest smartphone, the ONE TOUCH Idol Ultra and the first phone to feature the new MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chipset, the ScribeHD.

“The Alcatel ONE TOUCH brand has grown exponentially since entering the U.S. market eight years ago,” said Nicolas Zibell, President, Americas & Pacific for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. “And with the launch of our new smartphone collection we plan to take things to the next level.”

ONE TOUCH Idol Ultra
The ONE TOUCH Idol Ultra smartphone is the thinnest smartphone yet. The device breaks current market records at 6.45mm thin. Performance is not compromised in this design with features such as a stunning 4.7” HD AMOLED display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera that captures 1080p video, and running on Android Jelly Bean.

In the same product line, the ONE TOUCH Idol also breaks current records, weighing in at 110 grams (3.88 oz) making it the lightest smartphone in its category. The device’s dual-core processor and Android platform provides a feature-rich experience and supports a large, bright 4.7″ IPS display, 8MP camera and 2MP front camera, running on Android Jelly Bean and offered in premium brushed metallic finishes.

“The ONE TOUCH Idol device series represents a breakthrough in technology,” said Alain Lejeune, Head of Research and Development for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. “We’ve pushed the barriers on design, resulting in devices that offer the perfect balance between ultra-slim form factor, large display, outstanding performance, and rich user experience, while keeping the devices affordably priced to consumers.”
Zachary Lutz contributed to this report.