Alcatel To Launch A Low-end Windows Phone 7.8 Smartphone By The End Of 2012
I have noticed Alcatel has an interesting policy when it comes to developing Android smartphones and tablets, but it looks like the company also thought that is time to approach another operating system, Windows Phone 7.8, which will be the entry-level alternative for those who want a budget Windows Phone device. Until early 2013 none of the big smartphone makers will release a low-end Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
One of the mobile phone manufacturers that were among the big players of the market a decade ago was forgotten by the smartphone enthusiasts lately, even thou its portfolio includes about 20 Android models. Of course they are all low-end devices that are not making the headlines. Designed for the emergent markets, few of them made it to important markets like North America or Europe.
After Android, the company wants to embrace Microsoft’s mobile platform, Windows Phone. According to a Russian website, the French phone maker is readying a model that will use the legendary One Touch View name. Because the Alcatel smartphone will be a low-end model it will not run on Windows Phone 8, but only the updated Windows Phone 7.8 version.
The rumors are indicating that the hardware platform will be based on Qualcomm MSM7227A SoC, which includes a single ARM Cortex A5 core clocked at 1 GHz and an slightly upgraded Adreno 200 graphic core. The list of technical specifications also includes a 4-inch display with IPS technology and WVGA resolution, 512 MB of RAM, a primary camera with 5 megapixel sensor, front-facing VGA camera and 4 GB of internal storage.
For the time being it’s not sure whether this model will be sold exclusively on the Russian market or if it will be marketed in other countries, too. Considering its technical specifications, this model will compete against models like Nokia Lumia 710 or Samsung Omina M, a class that was considered mid-end before the new Windows Phone 8 models from Nokia, HTC and Samsung were officially announced.
My guess is that the Windows Phone-powered Alcatel smartphone will not go beyond the $350 threshold without contract. The cheapest Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone is Nokia Lumia 610, which sports 3.7-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels resolution, single-core 800 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and 5 megapixel camera.