Just prior to MWC fully kicking off, Alcatel have made a couple of announcements. Firstly, they’ve changed their name. Alcatel Onetouch is no more, and they’re now just going to be called “Alcatel”. They’ve also revealed a new logo, which apparently “reflects the engagement of the brand with millennials and Gen Z”. Uh-huh…
By renaming themselves they will “democratize innovation that makes sense to consumers”. OK then.
Secondly they’ve announced a new 2 in 1 style device running Windows 10 – the Alcatel Plus 10.
The Plus 10 is Alcatel’s first Windows 10 powered 2-in-1 device and features the following specification:
- A 10.1” HD IPS display running at a resolution of 1280 x 800 with 10 point multi-touch
- A Quad Core Intel CPU running at 1.92 GHz
- Intel Cherry Trail T3 Z8350 Chipset
- 5Mp & 2Mp cameras
- 2GB RAM
- 32 GB Storage with support for upto 64 GB additional Storage
- Standard USB, micro USB and micro HDMI ports
- 5830 mAh Battery in the Tablet & 2580mAh Battery in the Keyboard
- LTE Keyboard
The keyboard includes an interesting feature in that it can act as a WiFi hotspot for up to 15 users using the built-in LTE / 4G connection.
The lightweight 2 in 1 market is quite interesting at the moment so it will be interesting to see how the Alcatel Plus 10 compares to other devices such as the recently reviewed Linx 1010. Price will be key although that keyboard does sound interesting.
We will hopefully have a hands-on test at MWC later in the week. You’ll be able to buy this in Europe from June.
ALCATEL Launches PLUS 10, its first 2-in-1 LTE Connected Device Powered by Windows 10
– ALCATEL’s first 2-in-1 device powered by Windows 10 is one of the few connected 10-inch 2-in-1s on the market
– A quad-core Intel processor, combined with Windows 10, provides for maximum productivity during the day
– Dual front speakers with 3D audio effect coupled with a high-resolution IPS display guarantee a stunning surround sound experience
– Innovative, detachable 4G LTE keyboard can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 15 devices; a great way to stay connected in a jiffy!
– Multiple ports, including standard USB, micro USB and micro HDMI, make adaptors a thing of the past
MWC, Barcelona, 20 February, 2016 – Increasing its offering of Windows devices,
ALCATEL announced the launch of its PLUS 10 2-in-1 device, running on the latest Windows 10 operating system.
“PLUS 10 is ALCATEL’s first 2-in-1 device with Windows 10, and we’re very proud of all the functionality we’ve built into it,” said Vittorio Di Mauro, General Manager of Smart Connectivity at ALCATEL. “PLUS 10 goes everywhere I go – the house, the office, even the park! It’s a fun product that sparks a lot of conversation (and jealousy).”
“We are excited to welcome ALCATEL to the Windows ecosystem and add their innovative LTE 2-in-1 tablet to our Windows device portfolio. The PLUS 10’s unique features, combined with Windows 10, provide the optimal balance between productivity and entertainment from wherever you go,” said Peter Han, Vice President, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft Corp.
3 Modes, 1 Irresistible Price
Mobile office: With its compatible 4G/Wi-Fi-connected keyboard, PLUS 10 offers a complete mobile desktop experience. It can be used in laptop mode to type documents or create spreadsheets, and in dock mode to display presentations or slides. With its multiple ports — rare to see in this device category — PLUS 10 further shows its hard-working sensibility, by enabling connections to a hard drive, mouse,
USB key, secondary screen and more.
In addition, PLUS 10 has a default memory of 32 GB that can be ramped up with an external SD card for extra space for holding pictures, videos etc.
Entertainment center: PLUS 10 can be used in dock mode to view videos or movies. To top it off, the dual front speakers, with immersive 3D sound, coupled with the high-resolution (1280 x 800) IPS screen technology, make film watching and gaming an extra pleasure.
Travel companion: Exceptionally convenient to carry, PLUS 10 is compact and 40 percent lighter than an average laptop. When used in tablet mode, without the keyboard, it is even more portable and is an ideal companion for travel or commutes, to browse the Web, play games or serve as an e-book reader.
Powerful Battery, Wi-Fi Hotspot
and Cameras Add Functionality PLUS 10 is equipped with a double battery. The tablet and 4G LTE keyboard offer a total of 8,410 mAh, which lasts a full 8-hour working or playing day. The unique, connected 4G LTE cat 4 (150Mbps) keyboard works double-time to serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 15 users.
To complete PLUS 10’s long list of functionalities, it has both a front and rear-facing camera, with front flash which is ideal for video calls.
PLUS 10 will be offered in several different finishes and in an elegant, subdued palette of colors: metallic silver, matte white, matte volcano black and a unique warm gray leather finish, which is silky to the touch. PLUS 10 will be available for sale in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa in June 2016.