Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 Smartphones, CareTime Watch Launched at CES 2016

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 Smartphones, CareTime Watch Launched at CES 2016

Alcatel, after launching its 8-inch OneTouch Pixi 3 (8) 4G Windows 10 Mobile-based tablet, announced three new handsets and an Android tablet at the CES 2016 trade show. The company also launched a children’s watch. The company has not yet announced the prices of the Pixi 4 devices but has confirmed the handsets and the tablet will be available starting Wednesday.

The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 (7) is an Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based tablet featuring a 7-inch display with 1024×600 pixels. It packs a quad-core MediaTek MT8321 processor clocked at 1.1GHz, clubbed with 1GB RAM. It houses 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via microSD card (unspecified limit). The tablet bears 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front-facing camera. Backed by a 2580mAh battery, the tablet supports GSM 3G networks as well, apart from voice calling.

The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 (6) is a phablet featuring a 6-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution display and is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.1GHz, clubbed with 1GB RAM. It houses 8GB of inbuilt storage, which can be expanded via microSD card (unspecified limit), along with an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The 4G LTE-supporting Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based phablet is backed by the same 2580mAh battery like sported by the OneTouch Pixi 4 (7) tablet (seen below).

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The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 (4) is another Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based handset that bears a 4-inch FWVGA (854×480 pixels) resolution display. It houses a quad-coreMediaTek MT6580M processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The smartphone comes in two variants based on the RAM and the choice of storage. While the first version features 516MB RAM with 4GB inbuilt storage, the second variant comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB inbuilt storage. Both variants support microSD card for storage expansion. The OneTouch Pixi 4 (4) includes a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Another version featuring 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera is also available.

The Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 4 (3.5) bears a 3.5-inch HVGA display and runs on a dual-core MediaTek MT6572M processor clicked at 1.1GHz, clubbed with 512MB RAM. It packs a 2-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box.

Lastly, the company launched its Alcatel CareTime Watch for children. The wearable device sports a 0.95-inch Oled display with (96×64 pixels) resolution. It also comes with GPS tracking technology. The watch also lets children make calls and send messages to a predefined list of contacts. The device is rated to deliver 4 days of battery life on standby.

While unveiled earlier this week, Alcatel has finally provided the specifications of its new tablet based on Windows 10 Mobile, and said it will be made available in Europe and Latin America in April this year. The OneTouch Pixi 3 (8) 4G Windows 10 Mobile version features an 8-inch (1280×800 pixels) HD resolution display and is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, clubbed with Adreno 304 GPU and 1GB RAM. It also supports 4G LTE connectivity. The Android version of the tablet is powered by a dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor clocked at 1.3GHz.

HP may rekindle interest in Windows phones with HP Falcon

HP may rekindle interest in Windows phones with HP Falcon

Recent rumours had hinted at an HP-made Windows 10 device, based on a leaked benchmark score. Further reports that have been released in recent times, stating that the device might indeed be real, and not a mere rumour. The device, touted to be HP Falcon, may be all set to launch at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, between February 22 and 25, 2016.

The previously leaked GFXBench screenshot has suggested that the HP Falconwill be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, alongside featuring a 5.8-inch display with resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. A 20 megapixel camera is expected to feature on the back, while the front may be equipped with a 12 megapixel camera. If this does materialise, it will become the most powerful Windows-powered smartphones in recent times. It will also become the first Windows device to be powered by the newly-unveiled Snapdragon 820.

As of now, the Microsoft Lumia 950XL leads the lineup of Windows-powered devices. Microsoft’s latest flagship device runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, along with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, 20 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front camera. One of its most hyped features is the liquid cooling mechanismthat Microsoft has implemented to keep processor heat under control. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has been infamous for heating up under heavy usage, which has led to OEMs like Microsoft and Sony resorting to such techniques.

The HP Falcon is reportedly on the verge of being finalised officially, and AdDuplex has released data stating that a number of new Windows 10-powered devices are in the pipeline, of which the HP Falcon is one. While a number of Android-powered devices already confirmed or reported to be built around the Snapdragon 820, HP will become the first manufacturer to run Windows 10 on an SD820-powered device, before Microsoft itself.

Microsoft launches the Lumia 950 and 950 XL in India

Microsoft has launched its latest flagships, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, in India. They were unveiled in October as the brand’s first flagships running Windows 10 operating system. The new Lumias offer ClearBlack OLED displays with 2K resolution – the highest on Microsoft smartphones yet. They are also equipped with Microsoft’s Glance Screen feature that displays notifications on the lockscreen without draining battery life.

Lumia 950

The Microsoft Lumia 950 sports a 5.2-inch display with a pixel density of 564ppi, while the Lumia 950 XL has a larger 5.7-inch screen (~518ppi). The former is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, while the latter hides a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC under the hood. The Lumia 950 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, while its XL variant gets a larger 3,340mAh unit. The rest of their specs are similar.

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They offer 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, further expandable up to 2TB via microSD cards. Camera-wise, they sport 20-megapixel PureView snappers with Zeiss optics, 5th-gen OIS, triple RGB natural flash and dedicated camera buttons. There are 5-megapixel sensors at front for selfies. The two phones are also equipped with reversible USB Type-C port. The other connectivity options include 4G LTE (Indian bands supported), dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and GPS. The phones support fast charging, and can be juiced up wirelessly as well. Both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL also support retina-based biometric authentication, a feature dubbed Windows Hello.

The new smartphones run Windows 10 Mobile, and are the first phones to run the latest platform from Redmond. Thanks to universal apps that can run on phones as well as laptops, the devices also offer Continuum, a feature that basically lets you use your phone as a PC when connected to a large-screen display. For this, you’d also need the Microsoft Display Dock, an accessory priced at Rs 5,999.

The Lumia 950 has been priced at Rs 43,699, while the Lumia 950 XL will be available for Rs 49,399. The smartphones will be available from December 11th, but starting today, the two phones can be pre-booked via Microsoft Priority resellers across the country, electronics chains like Croma, Reliance and Sangeetha, and online via Amazon India. The Display Dock will be offered free to those who pre-book one of the smartphones, and Airtel subscribers can also avail a double data offer.

Xiaomi Mi 4 expected to get Windows 10 Mobile ROM on December 3rd

In March this year, as part of the Windows Insider Program, Microsoft partnered with Xiaomi to bring Windows 10 Mobile to the Mi 4  (review). Now according to a teaser posted by Xiaomi’s Founder and President Lin Bin on Weibo, Windows 10 Mobile for the Mi 4 may be released on December 3rd.

Xiaomi Mi 4 Windows 10 Mobile

The Redmond-based tech giant had already developed a Windows 10 Mobile ROM for the Xiaomi Mi 4, which up until now, has been available to only select users in the beta stage. All beta testers of the Windows 10 ROM for the Mi 4 have reportedly flashed build 1058, which is stable. We expect a final build of the ROM to be released to the public soon.

Xiaomi is showing quite an interest in the Windows platform, with the company’s recently released Mi Pad 2 tablet comes in both Android and Windows 10 variants.

Microsoft Lumia 550 with 4G LTE and 4.7-inch HD display lands in India

Microsoft unveiled the Lumia 550 at its Windows 10 event in October this year along with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagships. Now, soon afterlaunching the Lumia 950 and its bigger sibling, the brand has launched the Lumia 550 in India. It is a budget 4G LTE-enabled smartphone that’s among the first to run Windows 10 out-of-the-box.

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The Lumia 550 features a 4.7-inch HD AMOLED display with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The phone has a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor ticking under the hood, coupled with 1GB of RAM. For storage, the device gets 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 200GB by inserting a microSD card.

For imaging, the Lumia 550 offers a 5-megapixel primary camera with an LED flash, and a 2-megapixel secondary snapper. In terms of connectivity, the phone gets 4G LTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It is backed by a 2,100mAh battery, which delivers up to 14 hours of talk time and 672 hours of standby time on 3G networks. In addition to running Windows 10, the device also comes with several other software features like Glance screen, Cortana, and more.

The Microsoft Lumia 550 has been priced at Rs 9,399, and comes in white and black. The phone will go on sale across channels starting next week.