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Alcatel OneTouch Conquest toughens up Boost Mobile

Resistant to water and dust, the $130 Conquer marches into Boost, alongside the $100 OneTouch Elevate, an Android starter phone.

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The OneTouch Conquest, left, and OneTouch Elevate are well-priced prepaid Android handsets. Alcatel

Alcatel phones often arrive in pairs here in the US, and Boost Mobile is picking up a duo of Android phones that cost under $150 off-contract.

First up is the Alcatel OneTouch Conquest. For $130, this LTE-ready, Android 5.0 Lollipop phone enjoys a military specification rating of IP67, which means that it's water-resistant and dust-resistant.

Specs are humble to match the price: a 5-inch 720p display, a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facer, and the same 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset we see in a lot of phones of this stature. In terms of power, you're looking at a 2,000mAh battery.

More entry-level still is the $100 Alcatel OneTouch Elevate, which sees the Conquest's Android version and raises it from 5.0 to 5.1. Smaller than the Conquest with a 4.5-inch display with 854x480-pixel resolution, the Elevate nevertheless shares the Conquest's camera combination of a 5-megapixel lens on the back and a 2-megapixel mount up front. The Elevate's processor varies a bit, too, down to a 1.1GHz quad-core chip.

Boost Mobile will start selling the Conquest immediately, but the Elevate's buyers will need to wait for some future date in August.

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