Old timers will remember Alcatel phones with nostalgia. That was mostly in the pre-smartphone age. The brand used to be quite popular in Nigeria, but is now hardly seen. Some years ago, Glo tried to reintroduce them, but it does not seem that the partnership saw much success. Anyway, back in 2012, Alcatel began to try its hands at Android smartphones.
One of Alcatel’s strengths back then was affordability. You could almost always pick up an Alcatel in a particular class as phones from other brands but at a lower cost to them. Apparently, they are still able to pull that off even with smartphones. Well, sort of. You see, Alcatel does not manufacture phones directly any more. They have licensed the Alcatel brand for phones to TCL. Yes; the Alcatel phones that you see today have an Italian face, but Chinese blood, muscle and bone. Now, you understand how they can pull off the affordable card.
Yesterday, we carried an item about the Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong providing their guests with smartphones. Their smartphone of choice was the Alcatel Idol X+, a well featured Android smartphone at an affordable price.
The Alcatel Idol + has a 5” Full HD IPS 1080 x 1920 pixel display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection. It is powered by a 2 GHz Octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM, has a 13 megapixel camera, and is dual SIM. It has got stereo loudspeakers too and has clean lines that suggests a well made device.
At 290 euros, that is about N65,000. Not bad for the Hyatt Regency. Not bad at all. Perhaps Alcatel is really back in the phones business. Perhaps we shall get to see the brand on our shores again some day.