Jan 05 AT 6:38 AM Brooks Barnard 0 Comments

Alcatel OneTouch launching new Pixi 4 line as well as a watch to keep track of your kids

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At CES 2015 Alcatel OneTouch announced the Idol 3 series budget phones that could be used right-side-up and upside-down. Then, it just felt like yet another budget Android phone fighting for attention in a flooded market. But when review units were sent out later in the year, the Android world couldn’t believe how great of a phone Alcatel OneTouch put together at such a low price point. CES 2016 is here and Alcatel OneTouch has out attention. What do they have up their sleeve for us this year?

PIXI 4Alcatel OneTouch is launching a new PIXI 4 family of devices that they’re calling “Premium Entry-Level Devices”. I feel a bit strange using the words premium and entry-level in the same sentence, but the Idol 3 phone was darn close to representing those words so I’ll let it fly. Does premium entry-level equal mid-range? Regardless, here’s what Alcatel OneTouch is offering with the PIXI 4 line:

  • A range of 3.5-inch and 4-inch smartphones, a 6-inch phablet and 7-inch tablet (the 4-inch device and larger will have “powerful quad-core processors”)
  • Polaroid software for perfect, personalized photos
  • Power-saving functions for up to 25% longer battery life
  • Louder and clearer sound on all apps, music and video players
  • Lots of fun colors

In addition to the new PIXI 4 device line, on January 2nd Alcatel OneTouch announced a 2G connected kids’ watch called CareTime. There are a few of these kinds of connected kid tracking watches out there right now so it will be interesting to see how the CareTime watch stacks up for the price. I have young kids and I kind of like the idea of a kid tracking watch. I think my kid might get a kick out of it too.

Here’s what the Alcatel CareTime watch features:CareTime_1

  • Parents can call or send voice messages to their children
  • Children can reply to up to 10 pre-set contacts or make calls to 5 registered numbers
  • GPS locator informs parents of kids’ location
  • Geo Fence feature notifies parents when children enter or leave a pre-set safe zone

So how do you feel about Alcatel OneTouche’s new devices? Have any of them piqued your interest? Waiting to see if they can have another Idol 3 repeat? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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