BUDGET SMARTPHONE MAKER Alcatel has teased an upcoming Windows Phone device, named the Alcatel One Touch with Windows Phone.
Teased, bizarrely enough on the firm's Instagram profile, the upcoming Alcatel smartphone doesn't seem to be running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, leading us to believe that it will run Windows Phone 7.8 instead in a bid to offer users a budget alternative to the incoming slew of top-end smartphones.
We can also see that the One Touch smartphone will sport a quirky angular design, not too dissimilar to the HTC Windows Phone 8X or Nokia Lumia 920 smartphones. Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Alcatel hints that it will offer the phone in a number of colours by showcasing the phone in a vibrant orange flavour.
Although Alcatel has still to announce the handset's full specifications, we can also see that it will sport a 5MP rear-facing camera, three capacitive Windows Phone keys and what looks like a 3.7in to 4in touchscreen.
While this all sounds fairly promising, we can't help but think that Alcatel will struggle to get the One Touch with Windows Phone noticed, as Nokia, HTC and Samsung are all expected to start selling their latest Windows Phone 8 devices next month. For those on a budget there are also more appealing Windows Phone 7 devices on the market, such as the Nokia Lumia 800 that is now available for just over £100 on pay as you go.
Alcatel has yet to reveal pricing or a release date for its upcoming Windows Phone, and the company didn't immediately respond to our request for comment. µ
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