Alcatel had already made a presence for itself at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) with the likes of the first Firefox OS tablet, the One Touch Fire S alongside a budget slate with 4G and Android KitKat, the OneTouch POP 7S. However, it seems like that's not all the company has at its disposal.
According to reports straight out of the MWC 2014, Alcatel has also demoed a brand new smartbook prototype that's the first of its kind. Apparently, the device can be paired with a smartphone over the air, with the help of Bluetooth.
While the idea behind the device is nothing new when compared to the likes of Motorola's not-so-successful Lapdock or the first-gen ASUS PadFone (which required an Android phone to power a "brainless" laptop), it's still unique since the user will not have to dock the handset anywhere else but to the device itself - and that too wirelessly, with the help of video signal over WiFi, and keyboard and trackpad input over Bluetooth.
"The pairing process itself is also quite interesting: instead of using an NFC coil, the laptop showcases MediaTek's cheaper Hotknot technology, which involves a little capacitive pad at the bottom right of the keyboard," Engadget describes the situation perfectly.
"The signal from the capacitive coupling between the pad and any phone's touchscreen is what helps identify the devices; so in other words, even non-NFC phones can be supported."As of now, the prototype that has been put for display for the smartbook sports an aluminum body, has an 11-inch 1080p IPS display and runs on 5000-6000 mAh battery.
More on the device is expected to be revealed soon. Stay tuned to GizBot.