French company Alcatel was present at MWC this week and has unveiled three new smartphones along with a tablet, all running Mozilla’s Firefox OS. The smartphones are called the Fire C, Fire E and Fire S and range from entry-level to mid-tier. The tablet, on the other hand, goes by the name One Touch Fire 7 and will be aimed at less demanding customers. Experience shows that devices of such class are usually destined for emerging markets and most likely it will be the case with Alcatel’s new offerings.
Alcatel Fire C, E, S and One Touch Fire 7
To make it easier to decide which phone would be the best for you, Alcatel letter-coded the handsets instead of just using meaningless numbers. In the Alcatel Fire C, the “C” stands for “cost-conscious” meaning that the handset has specs to match its pricing which is said to be very affordable. The Fire C features a 3.5-inch TFT display with 320 x 480 resolution and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor of unknown make.
The phone comes with 512 MB of RAM and just 4 GB of internal memory, which is very modest to say the least. Luckily, the handset features a microSD slot for storage expansion. Other specs include a VGA rear camera, HSPA+ connectivity, FM radio, and a 1,300mAh battery
The Alcatel Fire E, where the “E” means “elegance”, the phone is bigger and somewhat better equipped than the Fire C. The phone packs a 4.5-inch IPS display with a much more tolerable resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. Driving the phone is a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor again accompanied by 512 MB of RAM.
The Fire E brings the same 4 GB of storage, however has more to offer in terms of camera experience. In addition to a VGA front-facing camera, there is also a 5-megapixel rear snapper with auto focus and an LED flash. The battery is a 1,700 mAh unit.
The Alcatel Fire S is the most advanced of the trio and focuses on “speed”, hence the “S” in the name. The phone has the same display as the Fire E but is powered by a quad-core chip, though still clocked at 1.2 GHz. The device is expected to sport 1 GB of RAM, though we’re still waiting on Alcatel’s confirmation on that. The Fire S supports 4G LTE connectivity and packs an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel user-facing shooter.
Finally, there’s the Alcatel One Touch Fire 7 tablet. Actually, the device is still in the works, but by mentioning it at MWC Alcatel wanted to state that it’s taking the idea of a Firefox tablet very seriously. The One Touch Fire 7 is a 7-inch slate offering 540 x 960 resolution, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, and two cameras, both of VGA quality. The tablet is expected to measure 9.9 mm in thickness and weigh 285 grams.
Fire OS was officially introduced at MWC last year. A year later and the selection of devices running this platform is still very poor. With Alcatel’s new phones, customers will finally have more options to choose from. The company didn’t disclose when its Fire products will be available neither for how much. Hopefully, we will find out soon.