Alcatel is delivering two entry level Android phones to T-Mobile, and they offer what they say is high-end industrial design and features without the high-end price. First up, the One Touch Evolve, will retail for $28 down, with 24 monthly payments of
$31 $3, according to Alcatel. The specifications are as follows:
- 4-inch WVGA 800x480 display
- Android 4.1
- MediaTek 1GHz CPU
- 4GB of internal storage with SD card slot
- 512MB RAM
Next we have the One Touch Fierce, which will sell for $20 down and 24 monthly payments of $6. The specifications for the Fierce are as follows:
- 4.5-qHD 960x540 display
- Android 4.2
- MediaTek quad-core 1.2GHz CPU
- 4GB internal storage with SD card slot
- 1GB RAM
It's clear T-Mobile and Alcatel aren't targeting the choosy consumer — someone who reads Android Central, for instance — and simply want to deliver at the price point. We've put in a call for clarity on the price of the Evolve, as it appears that there may be a typo at play in the information we were delivered.
Update: We heard back from Alcatel, and sure enough the price for the Evolve was in error. The One Touch Evolve will cost $28 down, with 24 monthly payments of $3, and not the $31 as originally reported.
The Evolve and Fierce will be available at retail partners on October 5, and the Evolve should hit T-Mobile online and select retail locations on October 16, and the Fierce will be available at the same outlets on October 23. There are a slew of press images and the press release after the break.
ALCATEL ONE TOUCH's New, Affordable Smartphones Coming to T-Mobile
ONE TOUCH Fierce™ and ONE TOUCH Evolve™ Arrive in October
IRVINE, Calif. – September 25, 2013 – ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, a brand of TCL Communication and one of the world's top ten fastest growing mobile phone manufacturers, announced today that two new, affordable smartphones – the ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve – will launch at T-Mobile in October. ALCATEL ONE TOUCH's high-end industrial design and premium features will be accessible to customers along with T-Mobile's no annual service contracts, unlimited data on a nationwide 4G network and the freedom to upgrade affordably.
"The ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve are compelling smartphone options that fit several types of consumer lifestyles, while eliminating the need to make a choice between looks, performance and price," said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. "We are excited to join T-Mobile as it makes bold moves to change the wireless industry by delivering more choice and affordability to customers."
The ONE TOUCH Fierce delivers premium design and features at a reasonable price. The device performs beyond expectation on the Android 4.2 platform and includes a bright 4.5-inch qHD display and a powerful 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The ONE TOUCH Fierce delivers 4G data speeds and the power to multitask across apps, enjoy multimedia and browse the web.
The ONE TOUCH Evolve is an ideal entry-level smartphone that's easy-to-use from the moment a customer takes it out of the box. The Evolve runs on a 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 chipset and operates on Android 4.1, which offers user-friendly features such as an adaptive keyboard for typing accuracy and voice typing capabilities.
Both devices offer an easy, out-of-box experience with pre-loaded apps such as Nuance's Swype™ keyboard, as well as pre-configured home screens with the most essential apps and widgets pre-loaded.
Pricing & Availability
The ONE TOUCH Fierce and ONE TOUCH Evolve are expected to be available nationwide at select national retail stores beginning October 5. Starting October 14, the ONE TOUCH Evolve will be available for pre-sale at www.T-Mobile.com and through participating T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers on October 16. The ONE TOUCH Fierce will be available through participating T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and online at www.T-Mobile.com beginning October 23. With T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan, the ONE TOUCH Evolve will be $27.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $31 and the ONE TOUCH Fierce will be $19.99 down with 24 equal monthly device payments of $6 (plus taxes and fees). For more information, please visit http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/usa.
About ALCATEL ONE TOUCH
ALCATEL ONETOUCH is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. One of the fastest growing of the world's top ten mobile phone manufacturers, TCL Communication makes access to mobile technology simple, designing their products around individual's lifestyles, enabling the end users to do more. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.
For 20 years now, the ALCATEL brand has brought consistent innovation and quality in mobile telephony to the widest audience. The ONE TOUCH smartphone product line is leveraging on that expertise bringing unique products, priced to be accessible to all. For more information, please visit www.alcatelonetouch.com.
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