MWC 2013: Hands on with Alcatel One Touch Star

Alcatel One Touch Star was shown off at Mobile World Congress 2013. The Touch Star is a budget-friendly handset powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. On the design side of things, the Star has a sleek finish to it, and it comes in white, black, or pink. The plastic doesn’t do the phone wonders as it gives off a cheap look, however, when we handled the device the build quality felt decent.

For a low-end phone, Alcatel’s One Touch Star, brings more than adequate specs to the table, including a colorful 4-inch AMOLED screen and fully capable 1GHz processor that runs Jelly Bean. Surprisingly, Alcatel didn’t screw with the Android software, as the company didn’t add any new features on top of the operating system. This is great for future updates.

Like most Android phones, the Star allows users to personalize the phone with apps and widgets, arranging them on your home screen and such. The best feature on the phone is called Photo Sphere. The One Touch Star’s 5 megapixel rear camera uses Photo Sphere to shoot a 360-degree view, putting it in one photo that you can zoom around in. It resembles a bubble.

The One Touch Star is available in China, and will launch in Western Europe by the end of February, starting in France. Sorry, no word of it hitting the United States. Although Alcatel is expected to launch dual-SIM version of the phone, so maybe it can be bought unlocked. We should know more in the coming weeks.

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