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Alcatel preparing One Touch smartphone with Windows Phone 7.8

Alcatel is going to launch a Windows Phone handset, possibly called the One Touch, according to two pictures published on Instagram.

The device is likely to be a low-end handset with Windows Phone 7.8 rather than Windows Phone 8, featuring the previous iteration of the Windows Phone button.

Other than what looks to be a 3.7in display and a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash at the back, not much is known about the handset.

We suspect that it will based on the existing One Touch Android range of smartphones, all of which feature Qualcomm SoCs, which are an indispensable part of the puzzle.

(opens in new tab)Alcatel smartphones are manufactured by Chinese giant TCL and have managed to make timid inroads in the UK either SIM-free or on contracts where they compete with the mobile phone operators’ own brands, Huawei, ZTE and Acer.

Nokia was the first to come out with an entry level Windows Phone smartphone, the Lumia 610 (opens in new tab), followed by ZTE with Tania (opens in new tab). Given that these phones can now be purchased for under £100, Alcatel is likely to face some tough competition.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.