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Alcatel launches $150 OneTouch Pop Star for Walmart

The entry-level handsets target budget shoppers on Walmart's TracFone service.

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This 4G LTE smartphone runs on AT&T's 4G LTE network. Sarah Tew/CNET

Alcatel continues to create a US niche for itself as a purveyor of budget Android phones, most recently with the OneTouch Pop Star LTE and OneTouch Pop Mega LTE . Both sell exclusively through Walmart's prepaid TracFone service and run on AT&T's LTE network.

The Pop Star is just as significant for its price -- $150 off-contract -- as it is for the fact that it supports LTE, a rarity for the cost.

Predictably, the Pop Star is all about entry-level specs, namely Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a 4-inch WVGA (800x480 pixels). There's a 5-megapixel camera in the back and a 0.3 VGA front-facing camera for selfies. You will get a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, similar to what's inside T-Mobile's Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and other low-price models.

While memory is on the low side, just 4GB ROM and 1GB RAM, you can (and should) add up to 32GB more through an aftermarket microSD card.

Battery life on the 2,000mAh ticker is rated for up to 12 hours talk time and up to 13 days on standby.

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