Just yesterday, we reported that the new Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S would be going to Bell as a replacement for the aging OneTouch Idol X – although, when we compared the specs, the Idol X actually had the better display, camera, processor and more RAM…but the Idol 2S is a 4G LTE device. TELUS, on the other hand, is set to release the OneTouch Idol X+ and the POP 8, an entry-level tablet, sometime in August according to a Tweet. This will be TELUS' first Alcatel OneTouch devices – Bell has had several – as the Chinese OEM manufacturer tries to make more inroads into the Canadian market. Alcatel makes a premium looking device, but uses mid-range specs and their Chinese manufacturing to offer devices at a much cheaper price than its competitors, such as Samsung, LG and HTC.
Obviously, the Idol X+ is the successor to the Idol X, which was on Bell's network, but is not too much of an upgrade – the battery jumps up a little and the processor updated, but not by much, however, it has respectable specs. With the Idol X+ we are looking at a 5-inch IPS LCD Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with a hefty 441 pixels-per-inch (PPI). The processor is the MediaTek MT6592 Octa-core clocked at 2.0GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM and either 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB. The 13.1MP Main camera has autofocus and a LED flash and the Idol X+ also has a nice 2MP front-facing camera (FFC) for video chatting or taking those ever popular selfies. It comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Bluetooth 4.0 and a microUSB port. What is interesting is that the Idol 2S on Bell supports 4G LTE, but the Idol X+ on TELUS does not.
The Alcatel POP 8 is an entry-level tablet that sports an 8-inch IPS display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, giving you a mere 189 PPI. It is powered by a MediaTek MT8382 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, although there is a microSD card slot that allows you to add an additional 64GB of storage. The main camera is 2MP and it does allow for video – the front-facing camera is of the VGA variety. It also carries Bluetooth 4.0 and a microUSB port and does not have 4G capability. The entire device is 209 x 123 x 7.9mm and weighs in at 325 grams. Of course there is no pricing on these two models but expect the Idol X+ to be free on a two-year contract or about $300 outright. The POP 8 should certainly fall below the $200 mark. Hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know what you think about these devices and if you will be interest in either when released…as always, we love to hear from you.