Alcatel may be better known for budget devices, but the company has obviously decided that cheap needn’t mean basic. Two new handsets - one a full touchscreen and the other with a QWERTY keyboard – have been spotted, in the shape of the Alcatel OT-707 and the Alcatel OT-800. Neither will tempt harried execs away from their iPhone 3G or BlackBerry, but they’ll likely find a warmer welcome in the budget section.
The Alcatel OT-707 measures just 95 x 53 x 13 mm and has a 2.3-inch 240 x 320 touchscreen. Connectivity is only dualband GSM/GPRS (900/1800MHz) but there’s Bluetooth with support for the A2DP wireless stereo profile, an integrated FM radio and a 1.3-megapixel camera. Onboard storage maxes out at 10MB, but there’s a microSD slot (good for cards up to 2GB), up to 8hrs of talktime or 350hrs of standby.
Meanwhile the Alcatel OT-800 measures 111 x 58 x 14 mm and has a smaller display, albeit running at the same 320 x 240 resolution. It adds an extra GSM band and EDGE data, too, with 900/1800/1900MHz support, though still no 3G, and has the Opera Mini browser, an FM radio with RDS and a slightly better 2-megapixel camera.
Of course, the winning aspect of both these devices is the price-tag. The Alcatel OT-707 is expected to come in under 100 Euros ($126) while the OT-800 should be even cheaper at around 95 Euros ($120). No confirmation on release dates nor geographic availability.
[via Unwired View]