CES 2013: Alcatel Launches One Touch Idol Ultra, World’s Thinnest Android Smartphone

The device is only 6.45mm thick and comes with Jelly Bean platform

By on January 7th, 2013 14:27 GMT

TCL Communication, Alcatel’s brand in China, has just announced the upcoming availability of the world’s thinnest Android smartphone, the One Touch Idol Ultra.

Alcatel is well known for its budget-friendly handsets, so we can safely assume that the One Touch Idol Ultra will be extremely competitive among other smartphones in its range.

The device has just debuted at Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES) trade fair and is only 6.45mm thin, which is why Alcatel claims it’s one of the sleekest Android smartphones on the market.

The smartphone leaked less than three weeks ago as S850, along with some of its hardware and software configuration.

Today, Alcatel confirmed that the One Touch Idol Ultra, previously known as TCL S850, would ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box.

The phone’s 1.2 GHz dual-core processor should be enough to run some of the most hardware-demanding apps and games, though it certainly cannot be put against other high-end devices that pack quad-core CPUs.

Another strong point of the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is the 4.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution.

On the back, the smartphone packs an impressive 8-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, while on the front there’s a secondary camera for video calls.

No word on the amount of storage yet, but Alcatel claims that the smartphone features 1GB of RAM and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB).

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is expected to arrive in the United States in the coming months for a price that will be unveiled closer to launch.

“The ALCATEL ONE TOUCH brand has grown exponentially since entering the U.S. market eight years ago. And with the launch of our new smartphone collection we plan to take things to the next level,” said Nicolas Zibell , president, Americas & Pacific for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH.

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