Alcatel unleashed on our unsuspecting souls a full portfolio of Android handsets, as usual, from the cheapest to the well-spec'd. Amongst its newest OneTouch line of Android phones we have the Pixi First, which, judging from the specs, should come priced in the double digits.
The soapy-shaped handset has a 4-inch display which goes into a 9.7mm chassis that is "amongst the slimmest 4-inch handsets on the market." We are inclined to believe that claim, as there aren't many such Androids still floating around. The screen resolution sounds rather disappointing with its 480x800 pixels, but, at 4", it should suffice.
Alcatel has put some effort in the metallic-looking back covers, which seem shiny, and the Pixi First comes in a choice of four flashy colors. The Pixi First lies very well in the hand, albeit a tad slippery, and, at that screen diagonal, feels very friendly for one-handed operation.
The Pixi First is powered by an 1.2 GHz quad-core Spredtrum7731 chipset, has half a gig of RAM, and 4 GB of storage, plus a microSD slot for expansion. Nothing fancy, but these days anything will do to run the phone's Android 4.4 KitKat edition, and the simple interface overlay.
The rear camera is 5 MP, but still does 1080p video, and is paired with a 2 MP fixed-focus frontal shooter, which can record HD video as well.
The good news about the Pixi First, besides the price tag, is that there is 3G connectivity, and a 1450 mAh battery offering 300 hours standby time and 7 hours talk time should keep the dual SIM Pixi First going for a good while. The phone will be available soon at what should be a rock bottom price tag, if history is any indication in four pretty colors: Soft Slate, Metal Silver, Metal Gold and Rose Gold.
Alcatel Pixi First hands-on