T-Mobile set to launch new budget Alcatel smartphone [Rumor]

T-Mobile and Alcatel OneTouch have worked together on a number of budget-friendly smartphones and tablets. That relationship, it seems, is set to continue. We’ve been sent a cheat-sheet detailing a new, cheap handset on its way to T-Mobile soon.

The Alcatel OneTouch Pop Astro – spec wise – fits somewhere in between the Evolve 2 and Fierce 2. It has a 4.5-inch qHD (960×540) display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. It also features a 5MP rear camera, is equipped with 4G LTE, VoLTE and the ability to make Wi-Fi calls. Software-wise, it runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and it’s unknown whether or not it will be eventually upgraded to 5.0 Lollipop.

This device has already got its own page in T-Mobile’s support section. Specific LTE band compatibility details are scarce on the official page, however, 50atomic on Reddit revealed the FCC listing back in February which shows bands 2, 4 and 12 are all supported. And that is perhaps the biggest news here. If the FCC listing is accurate – which they normally are – we could see a super-affordable Android handset with 700MHz support.

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We don’t know any pricing details yet, but given the fact that it only has a qHD resolution display, 1GB RAM and a 5MP camera, and is described as “affordable”, it’s hard to see the device selling over $100. Especially given the fact that Alcatel’s highest end flagship Idol 3 only costs $249, and that the current highest priced model sold by T-Mobile is only $126.

There’s no official launch date given in any of the details we’ve seen. But with it being such a low-end device, that’s no surprise. It hasn’t yet appeared on T-Mo’s online store, but keep checking the Alcatel-branded phones and it might appear soon.

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  • Verizonthunder

    Cam a live demo was available at the mall to play with a sign saying coming soon.

    • Cam Bunton

      Pics?

      • Verizonthunder

        Sadly no pictures as I thought this would be labeled non news worthy but if still interested I can shoot a video of the live demo smartphone and email to you on Friday.

  • ugh

    Yeah I’m getting tired of knowing facts before you go and post them as rumors. David was so much better at this.

    • Verizonthunder

      Give Cam a break he is trying his best. He can edit articles posted.

    • jasonmatty1

      I work at a tmobile store. We have these in stock and it launches in Wednesday. We haven’t got info on pricing yet.

      • Cam Bunton

        Let me know if you do get pricing, and I can update the article. Email is cam[at]tmonews[dot]com.

  • someone somewhere

    Band 12?

    • Responding to Someone

      Yes. Band 12.

      • Someone somewhere

        Evidence?

        • Cam Bunton

          How about the FCC filing source in the actual article? lol

        • Someone somewhere

          I guess it is no longer a rumor, then.

  • steveb944

    I hope Alcatel does well, we need the competition.

    Considering their great pricing, it really makes me question the insane prices that the top phone makers charge.

  • PHL

    Seems like this would be a poor man’s version of the Samsung Avant. Similar specs, but half the storage and only 1GB ram. The Avant has already been discounted below $150. Hard to see how this could be competitive at anything more than $80, given the off-brand stigma.

  • Fernando Vallejo Jr

    T-Mobile should drop them like a bad habit…or at least offer the decent Alcatel models

  • Zay

    Android phones with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM should not be made anymore. That 4GB of storage is usually more like 1 GB available to the user with many things not possibly stored on an SD card to free up space. Practically unusable.

    • AS118

      I agree. 2gb of flash storage max, and usually closer to 1. Phones like that are so unusable that I feel like it’s almost criminal to even sell them.

      8gb should be the mandatory minimum for any phone nowadays, and even that’s stretching it.

  • T-Mobile Dude

    The device is a solid feeling phone and has a crisp display, waaaay better then the Fierce or Evolve lines have.

    The actual box lists it as having a Mediatek 1.5gHz quad core CPU.

    I played with the demo for a while in our stockroom and it really does feel, look and operate quite nicely. I NEVER sell the Alcatel phones…I have sold the Evolve 2 a couple times only to people who KNEW what they were getting (a burner to get them by for a little bit).

    This Astro seems legit and I’m hoping for a sweet price point around $50-$100 considering the off brand name and components. I will buy one for myself when they come out to roll as my kids phone.

  • That Guy