We were under the impression that the Alcatel’s latest foray into the Windows 10 Mobile market would arrive last month, but it simply wasn’t meant to be. Thankfully, those that were looking forward to the budget smartphone didn’t have long to wait — the OneTouch Fierce XL is now available direct from T-Mobile.
The OneTouch Fierce XL is unlikely to get your pulse racing if you’re into fast, feature-packed smartphones. Alcatel’s Windows 10 Mobile is strictly for the low-end of the smartphone market as witnessed by the following specs:
- 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 with 2GB RAM
- 16GB onboard storage
- microSD expansion up to 32GB
- 5.5-inch 720p display
- 8MP rear camera
- 2MP selfie camera
- 2500mAh battery
- 4G LTE connectivity
- VoLTE support
- T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling support
Those are some pretty yawn-tactic specs, but it at least gives Microsoft another vector when it comes to getting Windows 10 Mobile into the hands of customers that don’t want to break the bank on a smartphone. As for pricing, the OneTouch Fierce XL is available with no strings attached for $139.99. However, if you can’t swing $140 upfront, you can choose installment plan and pay $5.84/month for 24 months with $0 down.
On the other hand, we have the feeling that the $140 price tag will give way sooner rather than later -- the Android version of the OneTouch Fierce XL is available via metroPCS for $129 minus a $70 mail-in-rebate.
Alcatel isn’t the only company to show love for Windows 10 Mobile in recent weeks. VAIO announced its Phone Biz, which will be available in Japan for around $400 in April. However, VAIO representatives confirmed this week that the handsome, aluminum-bodied smartphone won’t be making it to U.S. shores: