Alcatel Onetouch has been on a mission to bring nice smartphones with competitive prices to consumers. The release of the POP Astro today is a continuation of this philosophy. This phone comes in at under $150, or $0 and $6.24 a month with T-Mobile. For such a small price tag, Alcatel Onetouch is still able to pack some nice specs into their device.
One of the most notable additions is LTE compatability, something that is a welcome sight on such a low budget phone. Another feature to be pointed out is the fact that it is also compatible with VoLTE. The POP Astro is powered by 1.5GHz MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 4GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB. A 4.5″ qHD screen with a 5MP main camera and VGA front-facing camera makes this budget phone look pretty nice. All of this is running on Android 4.4 KitKat and being powered by a 2000mAH battery.
Alcatel Onetouch has been doing extremely well in the budget smartphone market, and the POP Astro is just another example of that. If you are on T-Mobile’s network and are looking for a budget phone that still supports LTE, you should give the Alcatel Onetouch POP Astro a try. You can view the full press release below.
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POP ASTRO™ FROM ALCATEL ONETOUCH LANDS AT T-MOBILE
IRVINE, Calif. – April 29, 2015 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH today announced availability of their newest affordable LTE smartphone, POP Astro™, available at T-Mobile stores and online for $0 down, and $6.24 per month over 24 months ($149.76 MSRP)*. The incredibly affordable POP Astro continues ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s legacy of offering high-quality, low-cost smartphones to T-Mobile customers and will be available at participating T-Mobile retail locations, online and authorized retailers starting on April 29.
Powered by MediaTek’s latest quad-core LTE processor – the first of its kind in North America – the POP Astro brings the speed of LTE to the masses, including HD Digital Voice, allowing for crystal clear calls between capable devices anywhere on T-Mobile’s Data Strong™ network. The POP Astro is also VoLTE compatible as well as Wi-Fi calling ready. With improved graphics processing power that delivers high-end performance with low power consumption, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP Astro can handle all of your media, gaming and app usage giving users an out of this world experience.
“ALCATEL ONETOUCH and T-Mobile have built a strong partnership by offering great looking, high-quality, affordable devices like POP Astro to our customers,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “We’ve been committed to bringing more affordable LTE devices, such as the POP Astro, into the hands of customers, further democratizing smart mobile technology and giving budget conscious consumers better choices in their smartphone experience.”
Featuring a crisp 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and easy to hold design, the POP Astro is the perfect smartphone for consumers who want LTE connection speeds, without having to pay unnecessary high prices. A follow up to the popular Fierce and Fierce 2 smartphones previously released with T-Mobile, the POP Astro comes with a 5MP main camera with live filters, allowing users to find the best look for their photos before snapping the perfect shot. The POP Astro also runs the easy-to-use Android operating system, giving consumers access to all the great Google Now features, while keeping the overall user experience simple and intuitive.
POP Astro Key Features:
- 4.5” qHD TFT 16M Color Display (960 x 540 pixels)
- 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6732 processor
- 4G LTE Cat 4 (B2/4/12)
- Android KitKat 4.4 OS
- 5MP Fixed Focus Main Camera + VGA Front-Facing Camera
- 1GB of RAM + 4GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD)
- 2000mAH battery for up to 8 hours of talk time and 250 hours of standby time
- Also Features: VoLTE, FCC Mandated Anti-Theft Protection and T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling compatibility
“With the launch of the ALCATEL ONETOUCH POP Astro, MediaTek has proven its LTE readiness for the U.S. market,” said Mohit Bhushan, GM and VP of U.S. Business Development for MediaTek. “This ensures consumers have greater choice as we work with our OEM partners, like ALCATEL ONETOUCH, to put premium technology in the hands of everyone, everywhere.” For more information on POP Astro, or to learn more about ALCATEL ONETOUCH, visit www.alcatelonetouch.us.[/toggles]