Alcatel launches IDOL 5s, A7 and MOVETIME MT 30 smart watch
Alcatel's budget-friendly phone and smartwatch offerings will launch in Australia in early 2018.
Alcatel has used the IFA trade show in Berlin to unveil its latest highly affordable range of mobile devices, including two new handsets and the first smart watch it will launch in Australia.
Alcatel's IDOL range has long been the budget manufacturer's flagship range, although that's always been tempered by the balance between price and features. The IDOL 5S will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, of which 23GB will be user accessible.
While it's a phone that will launch in Australia in early 2018, it will still only be running on Android 7.0, rather than the newer Android 8.0 ("Oreo") platform. On the camera front, the IDOL 5S will feature a 12MP f/2.0 rear lens and 8MP f/2.0 front lens. The internal battery capacity of the IDOL 5S will be 2850mAh, and it's a CAT4 phone for 4G speeds. That's a very moderate package that Alcatel will price accordingly, at $349 outright when it launches in Australia in early 2018.
Just a tad less expensive, but boasting a larger display screen will be the Alcatel A7. That phone is also set for an "early 2018" debut with a 5.5 inch full HD display, slightly slower octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and the same 32GB storage as the IDOL 5S with 23GB actually user accessible. The A7 will feature a 16MP f/2.0 rear camera as well as an 8MP front camera. The A7 jumps up the speed range from the IDOL5S to CAT6, while packing in a hefty 4000mAh battery. It will cost $299 outright when it launches in Australia in early 2018.
Alcatel can't quite claim the title of the first mobile-data-enabled smartwatch in Australia, with that honour having recently gone to the Huawei Watch 2, but then its MOVETIME MT30 watch will be considerably less expensive. It will retail for just $149 when it launches in Australia in (you guessed it) early 2018, and is being pitched towards parents who want to keep in contact with their children.
The MOVETIME MT30 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, the same as many Android wear watches, but the scope of the MT30 is a little more constrained. It's a 3G-capable smartwatch with integrated GPS that kids should be able to use to phone home or be called, play simple games and provide updates as to their location, thanks to GPS location providing geo-fenced set safe zones. The MT30 is IP67 rated for water immersion, so it should be able to survive the efforts of most kids, and comes with a 450mAh battery capable of up to 2 days battery charge.
Alcatel IDOL 5S Specifications
- Product Name
- Alcatel IDOL 5S
- Display Size
- 5.2 inches
- 1080 x 1920
- Octa-core (4 x 2.35GHz, 4 x 1.64GHz)
- Operating System
- Android 7.0
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- 2850 mAh
- 148 x 72 x 7.5mm
- $349 outright