Alcatel outs PIXI 3 phablet and tablet, bringing 4G connectivity to the budget-conscious

Alcatel outs PIXI 3 phablet and tablet, bringing 4G connectivity to the budget-conscious
At MWC 2015, Alcatel introduced a 2-pack of PIXI-branded entry level devices: the PIXI 3 5.5-inch phablet, and the PIXI 3 7-inch tablets. They have a shared goal of bringing 3G/4G connectivity and cheerful colors to those on a budget.

The PIXI 3 phablet with 3G connectivity is an entry-level device that sports a spacious, but low-resolution 540x960 IPS screen. The rest of its configuration consists of a MediaTek MT6580 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, an 8-megapixel main camera, a 2MP front cam, and a 2910 mAh battery unit. The phablet runs Android 5.0 out of the box.

The PIXI 3 phablet with 4G connectivity upgrades the screen resolution to 720x1280, while the processor becomes a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, and the battery capacity goes down to 2800mAh. Otherwise, it's the same device.

Frugal internals aside, the phablets are outfitted with everything a complete smartphone beginner needs to get hooked to the cornucopia of services and entertainment an Internet-connected mobile device unlocks. They come preloaded with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber, graphic filters and photo editors. They will be sold in a wide selection of colors, too - Volcano Black, White, Amber Orange, Tango Red, Neon Pink, Laser Yellow, Vivid Green, Sharp Blue and Metallic Silver - which means they'll appeal to the youngest among us, as well as those of you with a passion for screaming colors.

As for the PIXI 3 tablet, it joins the 8-inch tablet already in Alcatel's PIXI 3 stable. The 3G and Wi-Fi tablets are KitKat devices, while the 4G-enabled PIXI 3 7-incher runs Android Lollipop. Spec-wise, the Wi-Fi and 3G 7-inchers have 1024x600 TFT displays, they operate with dual-core MediaTek MT8127 processors, a puny 512MB of RAM, and each has 4GB of storage, a 2820mAh battery, and a pair of 2MP (back) & VGA (front) cameras. The 4G variant rocks a Snapdragon 210 quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, otherwise remaining the same.

Alcatel hasn't outed prices and release dates yet, but those PIXI devices could show up as budget offerings on US carriers' catalogs in a few months.

source: Alcatel


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