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).