Alcatel One Touch S'Pop

Alcatel's 'Pop' trio ushers entry-level specs

LAS VEGAS--With the four smartphones in Alcatel's One Touch Pop series, the handset-maker is going after the entry level smartphone market in the Asia-Pacific regions and the Middle East and Africa. One of the phones, the M'Pop, is headed to the U.S.

Launched at CES, Alcatel's Pop quarter starts off with the One Touch M'Pop, which is expected to reach the U.S. with an undisclosed carrier. This Android 4.1 smartphone has a 4-inch WVGA screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and a VGA front-facing camera. Like (almost) all the Pop phones, the M'Pop houses a 1GHZ processor, 512MB RAM, and a microSD card slot expandable to 32GB. All 3G phones, the Pop handsets have quad-band HSPA support (GSM 850/900/1900/2100.)

I focused my hands-on time on the M'Pop. The nicest thing I can say is that it certainly looks affordable. It's got a basic design; the unit I looked at was black with a smooth, simple soft-touch finish. There's no camera flash, which I'd expect for a phone in this category, and the microSD card slot is behind the back cover. Interestingly, the global model I saw here at CES has dual SIM slots, though the U.S. version will likely shed the second SIM, an Alcatel representative said.

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