TCL is busy building phones for Blackberry these days, but it's not giving up on the Alcatel brand. The Idol 5S is a much more compelling phone than the very overpriced Idol 4S was, and there's a cheaper Amazon Prime edition if you don't mind some ads. However, the ad-free Idol 5S is on sale today for almost the same price. It's more than $60 off at $217.19, and the Prime version is $200. Read More
New unlocked phones pop up on Amazon Prime from time to time, and sometimes they're even important enough to warrant a post. Today is special, though. There's not one, not two, but four new unlocked phones available on Amazon with Prime-exclusive variants: the Nokia 6, Alcatel Idol 5S, A30 Plus, and A50 (left to right above). They're all priced competitively, and you can save some cash if you don't mind ads. Read More
You know what's better than three cameras on a phone? That's right, four cameras on a phone. That seems to be the logic behind Alcatel's just-announced Flash smartphone, and — at least on paper — it's hard to argue with the math.
The new smartphone is the result of what was probably an inevitable match-up between a device with two rear-facing cameras and one with two front-facing cameras (remember the LG V10?), making it the first in the world to sport four lenses. The two cameras on the rear each house a 13MP sensor, while the two on the front comprise a 8MP+5MP combo. Read More
In late June of last year, Amazon introduced its Prime Exclusive program, which offered unlocked phones to Prime members at a discount in exchange for a few Amazon apps and ads on them. It was a rather intriguing concept, and it's proven to be a success. David even used a BLU R1 HD in $60 Prime Exclusive guise for a month to see how a smartphone that cheap would fare. Now, Amazon is releasing another $60 Prime Exclusive phone in the form of the Alcatel A30, as well as the not-$60 Moto G5 Plus. Read More
BlackBerry has forged a partnership with TCL to push its Android hardware forward. We've seen a few phones come out of this association so far, but they've been recycled Alcatel designs. The KEYone is all new and all BlackBerry. This phone was pre-announced as the Mercury, but now it's official and coming to the US and Canada in "early Q2" and elsewhere shortly thereafter. Read More
BlackBerry made big news when it finally decided to embrace Android and released the Priv. However, that would end up being the only Android phone Blackberry itself would ever make. It has sold two others since then, both re-branded Alcatel phones manufactured by TCL. Now, BlackBerry has decided to make TCL its exclusive manufacturing partner across most of the globe. Read More
After a month of rampant leaks and speculation, the phone we've all been waiting for in fevered anticipation has gone official; the BlackBerry DTEK60, the bigger brother to the DTEK50 (a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4). The Canadian company published a blog post today detailing the phone, its specification, and features, which include many security-focused apps, as is BlackBerry's wont.
As BlackBerry accidentally published the full list of specs over a month ago, we already know the major details, but they probably bear repeating once more. Inside there are a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM, a 3000mAh battery that can go to 24 hours, and 32GB internal storage and a microSD card slot. Read More
It's no secret that BlackBerry isn't doing so well these days - the PRIV hasn't sold very well due to its high price point, and the DTEK50 is simply a more expensive, rebadged Alcatel Idol 4 with some BlackBerry software. Though the DTEK60 is also based on an (unreleased) Alcatel/TCL device, it seems like a pretty compelling offering. Read More
It looks like the ill-fated BlackBerry Priv will end up being the last piece of hardware developed internally by BlackBerry. The company has announced today that it is ending all hardware design efforts so it can focus on software. This comes alongside the company's quarterly results, which show yet another big loss. This is really the last course of action the company has. Read More
Earlier this year, BlackBerry released the DTEK50, a rebadged Alcatel Idol 4 with some extra BlackBerry security software on it. That phone didn't fare too well with critics. Now, the security-crazy company has mistakenly published the specs of the DTEK60, which looks to be a plus-sized, upgraded DTEK50. For what it's worth, the URL of the DTEK60's specifications page includes "donotpublish.html". Read More