Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU) has over the years been associated with phones featuring low-end features and low-end prices but looks to be turning the page on the same, with the unveiling of two exciting smartphone models. Named Idol 3, the pair of smartphones announced at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will seek to put Alcatel at par with other smartphone makers on high-end smartphone features. The two phones are to run on Android 5.0.2 with a slightly customized interface.
Alcatel is however not turning the page on the affordability of its devices as the two smartphones are expected to maintain the company’s affordability philosophy. Low-end smartphones have over the years allowed Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU) to move more products especially to middle-class people who may not be willing to spend heavily on high-end models. The devices will come with bright laminated displays as well as great viewing angles and attractive designs.
Idol 3 features one Smartphone standing at 5.5-inch and a smaller version at 4.7-inch with both of them sharing a number of characteristics and features. The 5.5-inch model will come with a 1080p display with a faster QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. The 4.7-inch model, on the other hand, is to run on a 400 Snapdragon series chip with a 720 panel display.
Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU)’s innovations are to feature a 13-megapixel camera as one of the high-end features with wide-aperture lenses, as well as LED flashes. The 5.5-inch model is to come with an 8 megapixel front facing camera while the 4.7-inch is to feature a 5-megapixel camera. Both phones are to come with dual facing speakers powered with JBL that would allow users to choose whichever orientation especially on answering calls.
The most interesting part of the new models is that Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU) will be selling them in the U.S. as low-end gadgets with the 5.5-inch going for $250 while the 4.7-inch goes for $200. Both devices are to be sold unlocked in the company’s web store while supporting LTE from either AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) or T-Mobile Us Inc (NYSE:PCS).