Not long ago Alcatel started taking pre-orders for its 5.5-inch Idol 3 smartphone, which is a decently specced device at a very affordable price. That, however, is sold unlocked. Alcatel has partnered up with US carriers in the past, and it now looks to be doing the same with T-Mobile.
Unfortunately for lovers of at least midrange mobile devices, the upcoming handset that Alcatel will make and T-Mobile will sell will be a cheap low-end one basically.
It's going to be called Alcatel Pop Astro, as you can see from the image above, which is purported to be a shot of an internal leaflet from the magenta carrier.
The Pop Astro will boast a 4.5-inch 540x960 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front-facing shooter, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (of unknown origin), 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of built-in (hopefully expandable) storage.
It will run Android 4.4 KitKat, and will come with support for 4G LTE as well as Wi-Fi Calling and voice over LTE (VoLTE).
Unfortunately no details about exact pricing or a release date are known right now. That said, given the specs we don't expect the Pop Astro to cost more than $100 to $150.
Lol. Nokia acquired alcatel lucent which is a global network equipment/infrastructure provider. Alcatel mobile phones however is made in China by TCL mobile. Alcatel lucent licensed the Alcatel brand to TCL mobile.
i thought alcatel is acquired by nokia. am i mixing up things or only RnD derpartments are involved?