Alcatel OneTouch Idol X, Idol Mini make North American landfall with Virgin, Bell

At CES 2014, Alcatel lays out its plans to bring two of its smartphones to Canadian soil.

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LAS VEGAS--Alcatel is teaming up with Canadian carriers Bell and Virgin to sell a pair of the company's Android smartphones.

First, there's the One Touch Idol X , a slim, bright, 5-inch 1080p Android phone we first saw at Mobile World Congress almost a full year ago.

Since then, the Idol X has gotten an Android upgrade to version 4.2, which lags two version behind, but will still deliver the meat of what Android does best. In addition, it's equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a microSD slot (32GB) for people who dig extra storage space. Design-wise, the Idol X is a waifish 6.9 millimeters thin, or 0.27-inch.

Then there's the Alcatel OneTouch Idol Mini that emerged at the IFA show in September. This 4.3-inch handset runs on a modest 1.2GHZ dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Intended as an approachable, budget device, the One Touch Mini balances its tiny 4GB or 8GB internal storage space with a microSD card slot that holds up to 32GB.

Although there's no pricing information to share yet -- the carriers like to announce that on their own -- Alcatel did share a timeline that's leaning toward sooner rather than later. Subscribers in Canada should look for more news and availability "in the coming weeks."

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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