Rumor: Alcatel to introduce 5 new smartphones with a modular one at MWC 2017

Rumor: Alcatel to introduce 5 new smartphones with a modular one at MWC 2017
Alcatel has big plans for this year's MWC conference, it seems. According to intel shared by Hungaria's Tech2.hu, the Chinese-owned company plans to introduce no less than five new handsets come the end of February in Barcelona. While the products haven't been detailed as of now, sources say one of the phones will be modular, which sounds interesting. So far, the modular concept hasn't jibed very well with consumers who, evidently, prefer a singular, all-in-one experience.

But if Alcatel wants to introduce its own take on what's an innovative technological concept, it should definitely do so. One of the modules – a removable cover – allegedly has colorful LEDs that glow in time with the music. Other preliminary details about the modular smartphone include a MediaTek chipset with octa-core CPU, a 13MP rear camera, and a price of around 320 euros in Europe. The phone may or may not turn out to be Alcatel's next flagship mobile product, the Idol 5.

We'll learn more about that and the other products at Alcatel's February 26 MWC keynote. The images below were shared by the Hungarian source and give a small glimpse at things to (potentially) come.


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7 Comments

1. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Luis D, Alcatel has been fully owned by TCL(which is Chinese) since 2005. They are not a French owned company. And even when Alcatel-Lucent did have ownership of the phone brand, it was only 45%.

7. Ray.S

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Thanks for the correction. We updated the post.

2. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Hopefully it doesn't take them 6+ months to release the phones after showing them off like the Idol 4(S). Maybe this time they'll sell them in Canada. Oh wait, they can only sell BlackBerry branded phones in Canada now. If I want to get an Alcatel, best I can do is an Idol 4, not S, locked from Bell/Virgin.

3. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You can get a factory unlocked 4s directly from Microsoft in Canada for $619 CAD. It's Windows 10 mobile though, so that's something you'd have to be into.

4. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

I think that one has an SD 8xx processor too. But the price and OS are deal breakers for me.

5. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

If you go with the Blackberry Dtek60 it prices at $650 CAD unlocked direct from BB. Thats $400 less then the Pixel XL that it competes with. And yes it comes with a Snapdragon 820 onboard. For me on the Android front and given BB's proven software support - thats the model I'd get. But ya, as you said if it's the (Android) Alcatel Idol 4S that you want your really out of luck up north.

6. tyger11

Posts: 291; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

MediaTek != flagship

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