While most of the big announcements by the top-tier tech firms are done and dusted at the IFA 2014 trade fair in Berlin, Alcatel OneTouch brand by TCL Communication has unveiled its affordable range of new smartphones and tablets along with the bit higher end OneTouhh Hero 2 smartphone and OneTouch Hero 8 tablet.
The affordable devices come in a form of Pop 2 series of smartphones and Pop 8S entry level tablet. The Pop 2 series of smartphones come in 4-inch, 4.5-inch, 5-inch, and 5.5-inch size variants with FWVGA resolution. All these devices come with 4G LTE support, which should probably be the selling point of these affordable devices.
All these are powered by a 1.2 quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor complemented by 1GB of RAM. If you are not aware, the chipset that Alcatel has used in these phones are Qualcomm's 64-bit SoC. These run on Android 4.4 (Kitkat) OS.
In the imaging aspect, users will get a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing snapper in all these devices. The latest Pop 2 series also house an 8GB of internal memory with expansion slot and packs a 2000mAh battery. We are also sure that these come with a swappable back panels, which will be offered in several color options.
The company's latest budget tablet is the Pop 8S, which features an 8-inch display. It is also powered by a quad-core processor, has a 5-megapixel or a 3-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing camera. It is 7.9mm thick and weighs 309 grams. It runs on Android Kitkat and supports voice calling through a wired or a Bluetooth headset.
Dan Dery, Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel OneTouch, said "Our POP series makes the smartphone experience fun, easy and available to everyone. These devices offer a choice for every need, whether that's streaming, browsing or creating content on the go. The POP 2 family is a proud continuation of this tradition."
The China-based tech company has not revealed further information on the new Pop 2 series of devices. Also pricing and availability of these devices are yet to be announced.