T-Mobile just announced that it is adding a couple of low-cost offerings to its extensive Android lineup. These are the Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve smartphones, both of which are to be made available in the coming weeks.
Out of the two, the Alcatel One Touch Fierce is the more capable handset, powered by Android 4.2. Among its strongest assets is the MT6589M SoC with its 1.2GHz quad-core processor, so we're expecting the smartphone's performance to be at least acceptable. On the front of the device we have a fairly large, 4.5-inch screen with a resolution fitting for an affordable phone – 540 by 960 pixels. Alcatel has included a 5MP camera with LED flash, and a front-facing VGA cam is present as well. Further specs include 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage with microSD card support, and a 1800mAh battery capable of delivering 8 hours of talk time. While the phone is advertised as 4G-capable, it has a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio, not an LTE one.
Further down the hierarchy stands the Alcatel One Touch Evolve, which is a low-end Android 4.1 smartphone. The 4-inch, 480x800 pixel display seems passable, but the 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 chip could prove too weak to deliver a smooth user experience, especially when only 512MB of RAM are present. We also see a 5MP camera on its back, 4GB of storage under the hood, a microSD card slot, 7.2Mbps HSPA radio, and a battery rated for 13 hours of talk time on a single-charge.
Both the Alcatel One Touch Fierce and One Touch Evolve will be priced very low, making them suitable for buyers on a budget. The One Touch Fierce will be offered with the T-Mobile Simple Choice plan, costing $19.99 down, followed by 24 monthly payments of $6. The One Touch Evolve goes even lower, priced at $27.99 down, with 24 payments of $3 afterwards when paired with the same plan. Both handsets will be available at select T-Mobile stores nationwide on October 5 and online soon after.
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH’s New, Affordable Smartphones Coming to T-Mobile
ONE TOUCH Fierce™ and ONE TOUCH Evolve™ Arrive in October
IRVINE, Calif. – September 25, 2013 – ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, a brand of TCL Communication and one of the world’s top ten fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers, announced today that two new, affordable smartphones – the ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve – will launch at T-Mobile in October. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH’s high-end industrial design and premium features will be accessible to customers along with T-Mobile’s no annual service contracts, unlimited data on a nationwide 4G network and the freedom to upgrade affordably.
“The ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve are compelling smartphone options that fit several types of consumer lifestyles, while eliminating the need to make a choice between looks, performance and price,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. “We are excited to join T-Mobile as it makes bold moves to change the wireless industry by delivering more choice and affordability to customers.”
The ONE TOUCH Fierce delivers premium design and features at a reasonable price. The device performs beyond expectation on the Android 4.2 platform and includes a bright 4.5-inch qHD display and a powerful 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The ONE TOUCH Fierce delivers 4G data speeds and the power to multitask across apps, enjoy multimedia and browse the web.
The ONE TOUCH Evolve is an ideal entry-level smartphone that’s easy-to-use from the moment a customer takes it out of the box. The Evolve runs on a 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 chipset and operates on Android 4.1, which offers user-friendly features such as an adaptive keyboard for typing accuracy and voice typing capabilities.
Both devices offer an easy, out-of-box experience with pre-loaded apps such as Nuance’s Swype™ keyboard, as well as pre-configured home screens with the most essential apps and widgets pre-loaded.
Pricing & Availability
The ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve are expected to be available nationwide at select national retail stores beginning October 5. Starting October 14, the ONE TOUCH Evolve will be available for pre-sale at www.T-Mobile.com and through participating T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers on October 16. The ONE TOUCH Fierce will be available through participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online at www.T-Mobile.com beginning October 23. With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, the ONE TOUCH Evolve will be $27.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $3 and the ONE TOUCH Fierce will be $19.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $6 (plus taxes and fees). For more information, please visit http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/usa.
Not to mention the 512MB of ram and the 4GB of internal storage. I know these are low end devices but 8/16GB of internal storage would've been much better.
Just like the high end devices should come with 32GB minimum of internal storage and not 16GB.
Unfortunately you are correct! One of the issues of this phone is it cannot get GPS fix without the help of AGPS data and Google Location Services (cell towers and wifi). Often maps show precision of 20-50 metres, which doesn't sound like gps from this century
Here are a few things you need to know about the new One Touch Fierce:
1) The camera is a joke, it is FIXED-FOCUS (yeah, kind of like iPhone1 was), it cannot take clear close-up shots, so forget about barcode reader apps or check deposit apps (banks, paypal) or readable shot of a page of text, cannot happen. Did i mention the camera cannot focus? That square you can tap on to move the focus, not there.
2) There is something wrong with the GPS, it cannot get a fix when in airplane mode, seems to need the help of AGPS data and Google Location Services (cell tower and WiFi triangulation) but even with them takes long time. Maybe it's the chip, maybe antenna, i don't know.
3) Screen is iffy. Limited angle of good view, not bright enough under the sun and has distinct bluish tint.
Other than those issues, it boots/restarts very fast and has long battery life (maybe because of selective power/freq to the CPUs). Battery is not removable.
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