At MWC today, Alcatel made another device announcement this morning. Yesterday they announced the new IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S while today they announced the even more budget friendly POP series. In all, there are three devices in the POP series: The POP 4, POP 4+ and the POP 4S. The 4S is the premium version of the devices with a 13 MP rear camera and 5MP front while the 4 and 4+ have a 8 MP rear shooter. Likewise, you will find that the 4S has an octa-core processor while the 4 and 4+ have a quad-core.
While the company announced the new POP 4 series, there was little other details shared about the devices. I’ve posted the Press Release below so you can read it but you’ll see there is no real discussion around the types of processor used in the devices, the amount of storage and even the cost. It is clear that they are aiming the 4S at the mid-market given it’s beefed up camera,
processor and fingerprint reader but is it budget friendly or not? That’s not real clear. In fact, it isn’t 100% clear they will be running Android Marshmallow but the device renders have a default Marshmallow wallpaper so… maybe?
Equally as unclear is if these devices will make it to the United States. Alcatel has primarily focused in the EMEA market but they have had devices here before and plan to do so again with the IDOL 4 series.
MWC, Barcelona, 22 February, 2016 – ALCATEL announces POP 4 series, a full line of customizable smartphones with design and performance in mind. The iconic POP 4 series includes variants of POP 4, POP 4+ and POP 4S. These smartphones offer customization – from style, color, design, size, performance to user experience.
“To consumers in their early 20’s, the POP 4 smartphone is ‘designed by you, inside and out,'” said CW Park, Chief Designer and General Manager of Global Design Center at ALCATEL. “The POP 4 series offers a huge collection of covers to fit every personality. It’s the ultimate tailor-made smartphone because customization is always a top priority for us”
Fashionable, With Superior Design
The POP 4 series offers a choice of four fashionable cover collections to customize a look: Hairline-Brushed, Leather, Wood and Baby Skin. Top that off with a slim body, curved design and fully laminated display for a premium look that users will adore.
Great Camera Experience
POP 4 and POP 4+ carry 8 Mpxl rear cameras for clear shots and 5 Mpxl front cameras with wide viewing angle for better group selfies.
The POP 4S’s 13 Mpxl rear camera and 5 Mpxl front camera offers ultra-fast focus (PDAF); large sensor size for clear, bright pictures; a dual-tone flash for accurate color rendering, bright night shots and selfies.
Premium Performance and User Experience POP 4 and POP 4+ runs quad-core CPU and the top-of-the-line POP 4S integrates an octa-core powerful CPU and 4G LTE category 6. This feature puts users in the fast lane for always more streaming and gaming connectivity. In addition, the POP 4S includes fingerprint recognition for maximized security. Its JBL headsets and Hi-Fi sound allow for a great multimedia experience right at your fingertips.
The big powerful battery makes sure users can party as long as they want. With a “quick charge” function, consumers can charge their battery to 50 percent in 30 minutes.