Shake it up: MetroPCS' $70 Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL comes with Polaroid photo effect

The entry-level 5.5-inch Android phone takes a spin on the typical camera app with some software that turns photos into digital Polaroid shots.

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You don't have to shake the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL to get a Polaroid picture. Just open the Polaroid-branded camera mode and apply that classic white border. (You can add other filters and borders, too, and compose layouts of multiple shots.)


The OneTouch Fierce XL is intent on saving you money.


The Polaroid software is the standout perk in the prepaid entry level phone for MetroPCS (and later for parent company T-Mobile), whose other hopeful claim to fame is its large 5.5-inch display.

That and the price. Metro slashes the $140 price tag with a $70 rebate, which brings it down to $70 overall.

This isn't new by any means, but jumbo handsets like this typically carry expensive high-end components that jack up the price.

Otherwise, the Fierce XL's hardware is all about keeping costs low, though there is an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera for documenting the world around you.

The Fierce XL, which follows up the lackluster Fierce 2 , launches November 2 with MetroPCS before popping onto T-Mobile later in the holiday season.

Check out the specs below:

  • 5.5-inch, 1,280x720-pixel screen
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop software
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor
  • 16GB of storage, 2GB RAM
  • Up to 32GB with microSD
  • 2,500mAh battery

Editors' note: This post originally mentioned $140 pricing and was updated October 29, 2015 at 9:45am PT to reflect the rebate pricing.