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MWC 2013 hands on pictures: Alcatel One Touch Star, a genuine entry-level contender

The Alcatel One Touch Star is probably the best smartphone out of the crop of devices unveiled recently by the Chinese company. Although its specification is not spectacular, it is likely to be a hit because it is just what the market needs now.

A decent, fast, entry level smartphone that costs less than £100 (and shares the same looks as the Apple iPhone 4S (opens in new tab)). The Star has roughly the same specification as the Sony Xperia U (opens in new tab), one of our favourite smartphones with two very important improvements. Firstly, it comes with a microSD card slot and supports Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The rest of the features is similar to Sony’s mainstream handset. It comes with a dual-core SoC clocked at 1GHz with 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 4in 800 x 480 pixels AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,500mAh battery and optionally, two SIM cards.

There’s also a definite resemblance between the phone and the T-Mobile Vivacity, which is also known as the ZTE Blade S, a model that was way less powerful. T-Mobile quietly canned the model despite it being an obvious winner (the phone still retails for a whopping £100 online).

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.