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OneTouch LTE Phone At $149

IRVINE, CALIF. – Alcatel OneTouch’s latest lowprice LTE phone in the U.S., the Pop Astro, is available on the T-Mobile network at a suggested $149 without carrier subsidy. It’s targeted to consumers who want LTE data speeds at a sharp price.

The Android KitKat 4.4 OS phone features 4.5- inch qHD 960 by 540 display, 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, 32GB MicroSD card slot, Category 4 LTE, T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE (Voice over LTE), 5-megapixel fixed-focus main camera, VGA front camera, and 2,000 mAH battery for up to eight hours of talk time. It also includes FCC-mandated antitheft protection.

The phone is available through T-Mobile stores and other authorized retailers.

BlackBerry Leaps Into U.S.

WATERLOO, CANADA – BlackBerry brought its all-touch Leap smartphone to the U.S. as an unlocked model available on the company’s web store at $275 and through Amazon at $274.99.

The phone, announced at the Mobile World Congress, is positioned as an affordable all-touch smartphone for companies and young mobile professionals interested in security and privacy.

The GSM/LTE smartphone incorporates the latest BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS and featuring a 5-inch 720p display. For security, the device supports encryption and features built-in malware protection and back-up, wipe and restore.

Other key features include dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, and 128GB MicroSD card slot.

It comes with BlackBerry Blend to share messages and content with a computer or tablet. BlackBerry Assistant is the company’s first digital assistant, which can be used with voice and text commands to manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications.

Huawei Plans P8Flagship

PLANO, TEXAS — Huawei will bring a variation of the new flagship P8 smartphone to the U.S. but hasn’t disclosed details of its plans.

The 5.1-inch P8, and a 6.8-inch P8max phablet version not coming to the U.S., are the company’s first metal-unibody phones. The LTE-equipped Android 5.0 Lollipop P8 features a Huawei-made 64-bit octacore chipset running at 4x2.0GHz plus 4x1.5GHz. The phone also features 3GB RAM, 1080p screen with 424 PPI, and a slimmer profile and greater screen-to-body ratio than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6, Huawei said.

The 16GB version with gray or champagne color costs about $538, and the 64GB model in black or gold costs about $646.


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