T-Mobile's One Touch Evolve offers 3G for $99

The off-contract Alcatel One Touch Evolve features a 5-megapixel camera, Android 4.1.2, and a 4-inch display.

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Alcatel One Touch Evolve
T-Mobile's Alcatel One Touch Evolve. Alcatel

French mobile company Alcatel announced today that it will release a 4-inch handset known as the One Touch Evolve, with T-Mobile. The phone will be available off-contract for $99.99, and will launch online on October 5.

This follows news that Alcatel will also release a higher-end 4.5-inch smartphone called the One Touch Fierce.

Similar to the Fierce, the Evolve will have a 5-megapixel camera (which can record video in 720p), and a front-facing VGA camera.

Both handsets also feature 32GB of expandable storage and about 4GB of internal memory.

However, as a lower-end device compared with the Fierce, the Evolve has some notable differences. For instance, it runs a more dated version of Android Jelly Bean (v4.1 to be exact, compared to the Fierce's v4.2).

It also can only connect to T-Mobile's 3G network, and its aforementioned 4-inch WVGA screen has a lower 480x800-pixel resolution.

Furthermore, it has a smaller 1,400mAh battery and at 512MB, it has less RAM than the Fierce (which includes 1GB of RAM).

Given these entry-level specs, however, the One Touch Evolve is one of T-Mobile's least expensive phones. And at the full retail price of $99.99, it may be worth considering for those on a tight budget.