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17-inch Alcatel OneTouch Xess Gets New Launcher

January 5, 2016 - Written By Daniel Fuller

Alcatel’s OneTouch brand has, over the past few years, been very busy trying to make the jump from a face in the cheap crowd to a big player in the Android space with budget, mid-range and premium options. If the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and its smaller variant are  any indication, they’ve been doing a fairly good job. On the premium front, they showed off a crazy huge premium tablet, the Xess, not long ago. Set to launch at some point in the first half of 2016, the 17-inch tab has received a bit of a face lift in the form of a new launcher.

This new launcher consists of a few different panels that can serve different functions; basically, a permanent multi-window. Given the tablet’s immense size, it makes sense. On the tablet’s home screen, some recipes are shown taking center stage, with Amazon shopping in on the fun and a third panel with a variety of sites the user could go to. With a setup like this, the tablet could be just about perfect in any room of your home. In your living room, it could serve as an entertainment hub to control your smart TV and other devices while letting the person doing the controlling also surf the web or check TV guides, or perhaps buy digital goods on Amazon to enjoy on the TV being controlled. In the kitchen, you could have recipes up as shown, a favorite TV show in another panel and a third panel for news, shopping or controlling your smart kitchen appliances. Of course, the tablet could also be posted right by your front door to show the weather, local news and conditions of smart objects in the home to those about to take their leave.

The multi-faceted tablet doesn’t have an official release date just yet, but should be out before July of this year for roughly $499 USD. This gives Alcatel OneTouch plenty of time to add features and really make the machine perfect before release. For now, its purpose seems to be as a smart home hub and multitasking ace, but that could change again with time and of course, is up to the user in the end.