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Alcatel unveils the affordable OT986 smartphone with HD screen, ICS and dual-core CPU

May 30, 2012

Hey guys, do you remember that Alcatel Android-based high-end smartphone released last year that made so many waves? You don’t? Well, that’s probably because Alcatel hasn’t ever come up with an attractive high-end phone or with a decent mid-ranger for that matter.

Things are about to flip 180 degrees, though, because the telecommunications provider based in Paris, France has just announced the launch of the OT986, a phone that, at least on paper, looks dreamy.

Sporting a 4.5-inch HD IPS touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, the OT986 (also known as the TCL S900) will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor and will feature 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board memory, a 5 MP rear-facing shooter with LED flash and a 2 MP front-facing camera.

Okay, those might not be the greatest tech specs out there, as there are currently several phones coming with dual-core S4 chipsets or with quad-core procs, with 8 MP cameras and 2 GB of RAM. Then again, the Alcatel OT986 is set to be significantly more affordable than any of its direct competitors, so you might want to take this new guy into consideration if you want to buy a phone and you’re budget-conscious.

The phone’s pricing has been announced at 1,999 yuan in China, which would translate into around $315 based on today’s exchange rates. However, we’re not sure if that very affordable price tag is for the OT986 detailed above or for a more modestly equipped version with 4 GB of internal memory and 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, also announced today.

The OT986 will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and what seems worth mentioning is that the 4.5-incher doesn’t feature any physical capacitive buttons below the display. In fact, we very much dig the phone’s design as well, which feels original and elegant, at least at a first glance. And at a 9.75 mm (0.38 inches) thickness, this is clearly a gadget to show off your fashionable side.

Set to hit the Chinese market very soon (no official release date has been announced just yet), the Alcatel OT986 could come to Europe and the United States as well. While it does come from a pretty obscure manufacturer (at least for people in the US), that incredible quality-price ratio might actually sell Alcatel a few of these, in our opinion.

How about it, folks? Do you think that this OT986 has what it takes to become popular? Could Alcatel and Huawei represent the new wave of competitive Android device manufacturers? Tell us what you think below!