Alcatel OneTouch launches the POP Astro – affordable LTE connectivity, voice over Wi-Fi in tow

Alcatel OneTouch has announced the POP Astro – an entry-level LTE-capable handset, available through T-Mobile $6.24 per month on a 2-year contract or $179.76 off-contract.

The Astro sports a 4.5" TFT display with a 540 x 960 pixel resolution (~245 PPI), a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek 6732 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of expandable storage. It has a 2,000 mAh juicebox to keep the lights on and is modest in the camera department, with a 5 MP main snapper and a 0.3 MP selfie cam. The operating system that drives the whole package is Android 4.4 KitKat, with an Alcatel OneTouch skin on top.

The focus of the POP Astro is to bring an affordable LTE device to consumers, also supports Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE. It is available in white (pictured) and can already be found on T-Mobile's site.

Fancy a more powerful hardware? The Astro is just another handset from a strain of recent launches by Alcatel OneTouch. About 3 weeks ago, it announced its Idol 3 – a pretty decently priced midranger, sporting a Snapdragon 615 SoC and coming with Android 5.0.2 out of the box.

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