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Alcatel shows off a number of new Pixi series devices running Android and Windows 10 Mobile

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Jan 07, 2016 )    |    Gadgets, Mobile, News

At CES 2016, Alcatel outs a number of Pixi series devices and understandably, Alcatel is bagging on the budget-friendly side of things. The new Pixi 3 is an 8-inch tablet and is powered by the most recent Windows 10 Mobile operating system. It will also be the most affordable slate variant driven by Windows 10 Mobile and may be the first largest device equipped with the said operating system.

Pixi 3 (8-inch)


The Pixi 3 comes with an 8-inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 210 chipset running at 1.3 GHz along with Adreno 304 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. Internally, there’s an 8 GB storage with microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB of microSD slot.

For a basic tablet device, the Pixi 3 comes with a standard set of cameras, at the back is a pretty decent 5 Megapixel shooter while adorning the front is a 2 Megapixel camera.

Connectivity-wise, the 8-inch tablet feature 4G/LTE connection as well as a standard 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM combos. other connectivity options includes Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0 (micro), GPS with A-GPS support.

Windows 10 Mobile runs the show with the high-capacity 4060 mAh battery. When available, the new Alcatel Pixi 3 comes with these color options: Smoky Grey, Soft Gold, White.

Pixi 4 (3.5)


The smallest and the most affordable in the line is the new Pixi 4 with 3.5-inch display. MT6572M chip with a dual-core 1.1GHz Cortex-A7 processor runs inside the handset with the very modest 512 Mb of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. It also comes with a memory expansion slot that accepts up to 32 GB microSD cards.

Packed in this little thing is a 2 Megapixel camera at the back with LED flash and a VGA front shooter. Overall the specs inside the 3.5-inch variant of the Pixi 4 is like going back in time where the early days of smartphones just went into the mainstream mobile marketplace. But despite the basic specs, the handset runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and we’re yet to see how the operating system is able to withstand in such limited specs.

There’s the basic wireless connection features with 2G and 3G connectivity support as well as the basic setup of connectivity options including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0 (micro) and FM Radio.

Pixi 4 (4)


Expanding the Pixi line up one notch, the Pixi 4 4-inch model comes into play with a larger 4-inch TFT touchscreen display and inside is a MediaTek MT6580M chipset with quad-core CPU at 1.3GHz and comes with either 512 MB or 1 GB of RAM. Storage options are also available for the Pixi 4 4-inch handset with 4 GB for the base model that comes with 512 MB RAM and a double capacity of 8 GB internal memory for the 1 GB RAM variant.

As for its imaging capabilities, the two variants of the Pixi 4 4-inch handset will also house two different camera setups. a 2 Megapixel back with a VGA front will be available for the 512 MB RAM variant while a 5 Megapixel back and 2 Megapixel front camera combo will be available for the 1 GB RAM variant, both variants comes with LED flash on the back as standard.

The handset also comes with the same standard connectivity features as the 3.5-inch version.  But most interesting with the new Pixi 4 (4-inch) is that is runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Pixi 4 (6)


Going beyond the smaller handsets, the Pixi 4 extends to phablet territory starting with the new Pixi 4 6-inch version. This version of Pixi 4 comes with 6-inch 720p HD display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Chipset with quad-core CPU running at 1.1 GHz. It comes with 1 GB of RAM and a basic 8 GB internal storage.

For photography, the Pixi 4 (6) is supported by an 8 Megapixel main camera and features Auto focus and LED flash, upfront a better contender shooter with 5 Megapixel sensor – a clearer advantage from the smaller variants of the Pixi line of devices.

Equipped with LTE connectivity through a micro SIM slot, the handset will boost fast internet browsing but will also support other connectivity features including 3G/HSPA+, 2G/GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS support, USB 2.0 (micro), and FM Radio.

Like the Pixi 4 (4), the Pixi 4 (6) variant boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and runs on 2580 mAh battery which will be enough on daily use for the features that the devices comes with. When it becomes available later this quarter, users should be able to select the Pixi 4 (6) in different color options.

Pixi 4 (7)


Lastly, a Pixi 4 tablet with the new Pixi 4 (7). The tablet features a 7-inch TFT Display with 1024 x 600 resolutions. Powered by Mediatek MT8321 SoC, the chipset comes with a Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor running at 1.3 GHz supported by 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB expandable internal storage space.

Like most other 7-inch tablet in the market, the Pixi 4 (7) comes equipped with a fairly basic 2 Megapixel main camera with no flash while the front is equipped with a simple VGA shooter for basic video calls and portrait photos.

The tablet features telephony capabilities which means users can use the tablet as a conventional smartphone as it comes with 2G and 3G network connectivity. like all other tablets and smartphones in the market, the Pixi 4 (7) comes with other connectivity features as standard including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS support, USB 2.0 (micro) and FM Radio.

Running the show is also the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is keep up and running by a 2580 mAh battery.