It was revealed in the CES 2013 that with four smartphones in Alcatel’s One Touch Pop series, the handset-maker is going after the entry level smartphone market in the Asia-Pacific regions, the Middle East and Africa with the One Touch S’Pop, X’Pop, and T’Pop.
One Touch S’Pop is the middle child within the company’s budget lineup. It features a 3.5-inch HVGA (480 x 320) display, a single-core 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The phone also features a 3.2-megapixel primary camera, a front-facing VGA shooter and a microSD card slot.The S’Pop arrives in Asia on February.
Made for Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and leading the pack is the X’Pop, which includes a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone also features a 5-megapixel primary camera, a front-facing VGA shooter and a microSD card slot. The X’Pop is set for availability this month.
The T’Pop (“t” is for “tiny”) is way behind with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also has a 3.5-inch screen and a 3.2-megapixel camera has no flash and there’s no front-facing camera. RAM is even shallower than the rest at 256MB, though its processor and microSD specs are the same as its fellows. The One Touch T-Pop goes on sale in various Asian markets in February.
All three Pop handsets will come in two different modes: one that offers HSPA connectivity over the 900 / 2100MHz bands, and another that sports HSPA access over the 850 / 1900 / 2100MHz bands. In all cases, quad-band GSM is part of the mix.
Alcatel will sell the One Touch Pop series in sober colors like black and white, with red and blue, for some models. The shapes vary slightly among all the models. The pricing of the phones is not yet revealed.