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Alcatel's low-price Pixi 4 phones go from XS to XL (hands-on) The new handsets run the range from a tiny, entry-level 3.5-inch phone to a 6-inch Android 6.0 whopper.

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Alcatel's Pixi family of six Android phones gives us one of the smallest-screen new phones we've seen and one of the largest.

Although this Pixi line has never been anything other than entry-level to midrange, this year's lineup dots the spectrum from a tiny 3.5-inch screen all the way up to a gargantuan 6-incher.

The phones will sell in various markets in the coming months -- don't expect to see them all in the same country. Likewise, prices will vary by phone and currency, but if there's one thing Alcatel's Pixi line is known for, it's lower-than-average pricing.

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The Lilliputian 3.5-inch Pixi 4 model houses the most basic specs of the Pixi six-pack, including an older version of Android (5.1), limited dual-core processor and very simple rear and front-facing cameras (specs below).

Pixi 4 phone sizes:

  • Pixi 4 (3.5)
  • Pixi 4 (4)
  • Pixi 4 (4.5)
  • Pixi 4 (5)
  • Pixi 4 (5.5)
  • Pixi 4 (6)

On the upper end of the range, the 6-inch version is a more modern, midrange device with a faster processor and 8-megapixel rear camera. The 4-inch, 4.5-inch, 5 and 5.5-inch Pixi 4 handsets falling in between. Compared with last year's Pixi 3 series, the Pixi 4 phones are flatter with straighter sides, though the runt of the litter does feel more like the bubbly Pixi 3 than it does the 6-inch Pixi 4.

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Hardware-wise, Alcatel's Pixi line purposely runs toward the back of the pack where Alcatel can keep prices low for the type of crowd the Pixi brand tries to attract: a younger, cost-conscious set.

We do know that the 5- and 5.5-inch versions will come to the US, but again, we don't know when or for how much.