This year’s IFA promised to be a pretty intense experience for Alcatel fans. The company showed off a bunch of devices that ranged from Shine smartphones, POP 4 tablets, the Move series of Activity trackers and wearables, a 360 camera and finally, the Vision VR headset. However, most of these gadgets were just variants of stuff already available in the market and failed to hold interest.
The Alcatel Shine Lite is an average looking device. It comes with a 5-inch HD display that packs 720 x 1280 pixels in resolution. The device is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, which is further backed up by 2 GB of RAM and an internal storage capacity of 16GB, further expandable through a microSD slot. The high point of the device is a fingerprint scanner that lets you unlock the device using your finger.
The device is powered by an very average battery of 2,460 mAH. So make sure that you pick up a datacable/charger as well while picking up the device. The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and comes with a pair of 13MP and 5MP rear and front cameras equipped with LED flash at both ends.
Alcatel XL, with a 6-inch Full HD display, 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, 13MP rear and 5MP front camera with LED flash is just an amplified version of Shine Lite. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the OS on the system and the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and a significantly improved 3,500mAh battery.
Both the devices features 4G, LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
The Activity tracking devices are labelled as Move Series and comprise of Movetime Wi-Fi Watch, Moveband, Move Track&Talk and Movetrack. Movetime Wi-Fi Watch lets you make and receive calls, displays your SMS and E-Mail notifications among other functionalities. It is also capable of keeping a track of your sleep, steps, and calorie intake just like any other fitness tracker.
Moveband is a stereotypical activity band that follows your activities, while analyzing your sleep cycle as well. If paired with a smartphone, it alerts you in case you receive a new text message, call or an E-mail.
Movetrack is a device that can be hooked anywhere. Attach it to your pet’s collar, and you can track any activity on the map, even get notified when they stray away from the safe-zone pre-specified by you on the map. You can out it in your car, attach it to your 4 year old’s school bag….you get the drift.
Move Track&Talk is solely based on the security purpose of your children, with a maximum of 10 preset contacts where they are notified in case of any form of emergency. A battery life is prettty awesome too and can last as long as 4 days after a single charge. The GPS, GSM and Wifi functionality makes it possible for the parents to look out for their loved ones.
Then there is POP 4 and POP 4 7″ tablets. POP 4 is a 10-inch device with Full HD display powered by a a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The smaller device on the other hand, is powered by a MediaTek MT8735 chipset. Both the device come with 4G LTE connectivity.
The VR…who wants to miss out on this !
Alcatel, like almost every other tech giant out there, wants to tap the ever-growing craze for VR.
The Alcatel Vision is a VR headset with a 3.8-inch Amoled, 1920×1080 pixel resolution display. Those wearing glasses, no need to worry, you can wear it above them for 2-3 hours with ease — at least that’s what Alcatel is saying.
And the 360 Camera, that rolls out in two different architecture — a rectangular and the other ball shaped — lets you shoot and share pictures immediately with its dual 120-degree Fisheye lens.