Alcatel – yes, that Alcatel – joins the Android ICS wagon

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Alcatel is a name in mobile phones that will be mostly recognised by those who have been around for quite a while. Alcatel used to be a much bigger player until they almost disappeared off the scene years ago. The brand was eventually sold off, but the new owners kept producing mostly low and mid tier devices.

I used to own a few Alcatel devices back in the day, and I remember them as good value for money.

Alcatel OT896
Anyway, the news is that Alcatel has an Android ICS device ready for you – the OT896. Sadly, Alcatel have kept to their dated naming system. Dated names or not, what the OT896 offers is an interesting package. Here are some specs:

– Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
– 4.5-inch HD display
– TI OMAP 4460 Cortex-A9 Dual-Core 1.5GHz processor,
– PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 384MHz,
– 1GB of RAM,
– 4GB of internal memory, expandable via microSD cards,
– 5MP rear camera with LED flash, – 2MP front facing camera,
– HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0.

Not bad at about N60,000. That is, if it ever shows up on Nigerian soil. Alcatel devices haven’t been quite visible here for years.


  1. Hmmm.. Alcatel… this post reminds me of my 1st phone which was also a smartphone(though I didn’t know it was called a smartphone then) Sendo X…. I havent seen any Sendo product for years..

  2. They are back to eat their portion of the mobile lunch.

    I remember when screens were small, people prefered tiny screens. Since internet became priority on phones, bigger has been better. More than 4″ is where everyone is going and people are adjusting.

    I’m suspecting the new iPhone would be either 4″ or more.

    Alcatel, welcome back.

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