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Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL Windows 10 Mobile smartphone announced, coming to T-Mobile

As part of its CES 2016 plans, Alcatel OneTouch has officially announced the Fierce XL smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile and some mid-range specifications with 4G LTE to boot.

As for what's located under the hood, we're looking at a 5.5-inch HD Display (1280x720 pixels), 1.1GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 2500mAh battery and an 8MP main shooter (with 2MP front-facing camera).

The smartphone will be sold by T-Mobile U.S. in the near future, but pricing and an exact release date have not been announced but it should be in the coming weeks. Be sure to check out our hands-on impressions of the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL immediately following this article.

Press release:

IT ALL BEGINS AT START WITH ALCATEL ONETOUCH AND T-MOBILE'S FIRST WINDOWS 10 MOBILE SMARTPHONE

Coming exclusively to T-Mobile, the affordable ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL with Windows 10 Mobile offers a seamless Microsoft Office experience anywhere

LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2016 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH, one of the top five mobile phone manufacturers in North America[i], today announced availability of the brand's first smartphone running Windows 10 with the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL™ with Windows 10 Mobile hitting T-Mobile stores nationwide in the coming weeks. The affordably priced Fierce XL with Windows 10 offers consumers more of the popular Microsoft Office Mobile productivity applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, as well as OneDrive, to help keep on the go workflow a breeze.

This new Windows 10 powered smartphone also comes with Cortana pre-installed, bringing a capable voice-activated personal assistant to the palm of your hands for whenever you need an update on your schedule, driving directions or just want to check the latest weather[ii].

"Today staying connected on-the-go has to mean more than just having voice and data connection," said Jon Maron, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. "By perfectly showcasing more of these connected experiences like seamless workplace productivity and document storage via OneDrive[iii] as well as a powerful personal assistant like Cortana, Fierce XL with Windows 10 Mobile customers are getting more from their smartphone than they ever could before."

"The ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL is a great new device featuring Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Office Mobile apps, and many of the features that have made Windows 10 the most popular version of Windows ever," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President, Windows & Devices Group, Microsoft. "We're excited to bring Windows 10 to T-Mobile customers at an attractive price."

"We strive to provide our customers a wide selection of price points, operating systems and capabilities when it comes to choosing a smartphone, so adding the Fierce XL to our hardware line-up was a no-brainer," said Roger Brown, Vice President of Marketing at T-Mobile. "This will be our first Windows 10 device to hit T-Mobile stores nationwide, and since the Fierce XL is coming from Alcatel, our customers know the build quality and feature set will be top notch."

ON THE GO OFFICE:

Featuring the latest versions of Office Mobile applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, staying productive while being on the move has never been easier thanks to the Fierce XL. And thanks to the mobile optimization of Windows 10 Mobile combined with quad-core processing and a powerful 2500mAh battery for all-day use, being productive out of the office is a breeze.

DOING MORE WITH CORTANA:

Never be late to another class, forget to schedule a meeting or miss an important life moment thanks to your always-on voice activated personal assistant, Cortana; which comes pre-installed on this version of Fierce XL. Cortana not only learns your behaviour to better serve you, but also works on your PC, so you can stay organized easily while in front of your computer, or find the best dinner with a view when you're on our Fierce XL while you're out on the town.

IT ALL BEGINS AT START:

Enjoy easy to use one-touch access to all the things you care about, like news, weather, social apps and more on Fierce XL. Customizing your device has also never been easier, so you shrink, expand and organize your live tiles to stay current at a glance with your people, photos and more while staying synced with your other Windows 10 devices.

DO GREAT THINGS WITH MICROSOFT EDGE:

Browse the web with ease thanks to Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser featured in Fierce XL. Find the content you want faster with the improved Microsoft Edge address bar which includes personalized recommendations to get you to the content you want faster. You can also use Cortana to seamlessly move from searching to doing, making tasks like researching a restaurant and making a reservation simple without having to leave the page you're viewing.

Other Fierce XL Windows 10 Mobile Key Features Include:

• 5.5-inch HD Display (1280x720 pixels)

• 1.1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad-Core Processor

• 4G LTE Cat 4 (B2/4/12)

• Windows® 10 Mobile

• 8MP AF Main Camera with x2 Digital Zoom + 2MP Front-Facing Camera

• 2GB of RAM + 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD)

• 2500mAH battery for up to 14 hours of talk time and 820 hours of standby time

• Additional Features: VoLTE, FCC Mandated Anti-Theft Protection and T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling compatibility

For more information on Fierce XL with Windows 10 Mobile, or to learn more about ALCATEL ONETOUCH, visit www.alcatelonetouch.us.

57 Comments
  • Better fhd, for such a big screen.
  • Such a big screen? Apparently big is relative, as I find the 5.7" screen on my Lumia 640 XL a bit cranped having come from a 1520. I've been trying to make it work since September or so, but I may finally give up and switch back to my 1520 later today. Giving serious thought to getting one of these new 7" or 8" Windows 10 Mobile devices, and using a headset for phone calls.
  • Why would you go from a superior 1520 to a mediocre Lumia 640 XL Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • It's under 100 bucks with a snapdragon 210...
  • That lock screen looks different...
  • Those ******** have used android version lockscreen fonts.. -_-
  • It's certainly not Segoe WP.
  • Kill those son ******* ¬_¬
  • That's not a Windows lockscreen... I'm not sure what it is, but the LTE, Time and (I think) font are different from Windows.
  • It looks great! I like it a lot!
  • Hopefully TMo will promote this phone more than they did the Lumia 925 and 640. But we all have dreams...
  • I'm sure if they put them on the shelves with other devices and point people to them ad options, they could sell. Many people just want a phone, no OS specific
  • It would be great if it was available internationally.
  • I'm so happy to hear this.
  • What about the continuum support?
  • Probably not, given its low-end CPU.
  • Yusuf Mehdi said something wrong, Windows 10 is not the most popular Windows ever. Not yet.
  • Based on rate of adoption, yes...yes it is.
  • Continuum support?  All discussions of phones designed for Windows 10 Mobile must state whether they support Continuum or not.
  • Snapdragon 210= not support
    Only 808, 810 and 820 support
  • And Snapdragon 617
  • Long live the physical buttons
  • Hear hear!
  • I was a little weary about the onscreen buttons of my 950xl... But I don't miss the physical buttons I had on my 930 at all!
  • Me neither. I actually really like the on screen buttons cause you can change their colors and it makes the phone look more interesting.
  • Then you haven't used onscreen buttons which in many ways are superior. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Another useless thing that no one will buy.... :-/
  • Another useless comment, because i will be buying one. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Looks like you have enough extra money to spend on such a looting and useless under powered device.. Goodluck :-) let me know if you will seriously buy one :-)
  • Looks like you need to get a life and stop worrying about what others do with their money, simpleton. 
  • +1 for "simpleton"
  • Another low end phone for tmobile. Sad
  • I don't know why the combination of processor is not always right
  • Windows 10 is a hit. ^^True Story
  • Well, isnt this made by alcatel? Which is the company Nokia bought? Alcatel= new nokia :P (maybe thats why it has that beautiful color?)
  • No, that's Alcatel Lucent, a different branch focused on networking among other things.
  • When did that happen
  • If only it had Qi charging I might be interested!
  • Wish they would have kept selling the 640 at least they would have had a nice lineup of phones the 435, 640, and the Alcatel fierce xl
  • I Have the Windows 10 950XL on Ulta Me tethering off my Verizon Icon. The 950XL is the Best Phone ever. Apple people are Gaga people keep asking to play with it.
  • I wonder if this means WiFi calling will start working on other devices under W10M on T-Mobile. Or will it really only work on T-Mobile blessed devices. (Shoot even a T-Mobile Lumia 640 running W10M won't work with their WiFi calling.)
  • Is the official T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling app even available on Windows 10 Mobile (considering they have yet to offer a Win 10 Mobile device)? For WP8, the app was in the store, but a search for it will yield nothing. However, I was able to locate the link online thanks to a helpful forum post. I'm not sure if the new app will be similarly hidden. I believe there is some authentication for it to work with 911 services, as those need to be able to pinpoint location and function even without a carrier. I am not sure what installing the app would do on a phone for which the app was not specifically designed, but hopefully it would work there regardless. In my case, I would be interested in running the preview on my T-Mobile 925 if Wi-Fi calling would work, and potentially on an unlocked 950XL--though I will probably switch to Cricket in order to side-step the issue when I replace the 925.
  • On the Lumia 640 you don't use a T-Mobile WiFi calling app, it uses the built-in WiFi calling contained in WP8.1. (Which is why I was surprised that the built-in support didn't work under W10M on it.)
  • I do not believe this is correct. While there is built-in support for Wi-Fi calling baked into the OS, the app supports management and access to T-Mobile's networks. If you look in your complete app list, you should find Wi-Fi calling near the bottom. If it were merely relying on the OS, I do not see why they would have included the app with my 925, nor why it should stop functioning when I remove it.
  • Nope, no WiFi Calling app is installed on my 640. Maybe it is because the 925 didn't have the necessary hardware to support the Microsoft WiFi calling, or maybe because it doesn't have WP8.1 Update 2 which is I think when Microsoft baked the support in. (I don't currently have a SIM in my 925 so I can't see if the WiFi calling setting is under the SIM settings like it is on my 640.) But again, even with the Developer Preview you can't get WP8.1 Update 2 on the 925.
  • What are you talking about? I had WiFi calling on Windows 10 Mobile on my Lumia 640. You can enable it in the options and it works for moi when i used my Lumia 640. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Did you read what was posted at all? I answered the question the other person asked, and that is no there is no T-Mobile WiFi calling app used on a 640. It uses the backed in support in the OS from Microsoft. WiFi calling worked on my 640 under WP8.1, and stopped working the second I upgrade to W10M even though I have the option turned on in the SIM settings. (And T-Mobile says tough luck, we don't support W10M on the 640.)
  • The only thing that concerns me would be sd card support should be at least 64 gb if not 128 gb
  • no thank you, I will wait for the Lumia 650 on Cricket in just a few months
  • Agree. Although this phone looks pretty good.
  • Is the 650 actually coming out? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hopefully he's been in the closet far to long Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Lmao!!! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Please at least change that lock screen image. Makes every phone look like Meh......... Same goes for this. Windows phone 8 had so many awesome wallpapers I really miss those.
  • Still dont understand why they are putting 2XX processors in phones with 16 gb of storage and 2 gb of memory. Is it better than the 410. Dont see how. Maybe i am missing something.
  • Has this device been cancelled? Only the Android version is available at T-Mobile. Posted from my Moto X Pure Edition via the Windows Central App for Android
  • We upgraded from and old Nokia Windows Phone (4 years old) and an I phone 5c because we both like windows phones.  We got this speech on how wonderful these phones are and what care was taken to make these the BEST windows phones we had ever owned.  What a disappointment because it was no where near the quality of our old Nokia Icon.  The phone had multiple issues that started 3 days after owning them. First off the phone would not receive calls, meaning that a person trying to call wouldn't even show up in the call registry and you would have no idea they tried to call unless they left a message.  No it is not a network issue, we checked that and I popping my SIM into an old Nokia 710 and it rang every time.  The phone would send and receive duplicate text messages of the same message.  Than it started freezing up and although you would swipe up to open to your home screen nothing would happen.  Plus, the phone will not reset itself when this happens and reboot.  Alcatel make this phone so you are not allowed to remove the battery without voiding the warranty and if you are in an emergency situation, like I was, when the phone froze there are about 10 small screws to release the back to get to the battery.  Just a note there is one under the little sticker that says VOID.  I spent 3 weeks fighting with T-Mobile about these phones and all the issues we were having.  They finally gave us full replacements of another brand and operating system and because of this we are done with the Windows Phones completely.  We are not new to the Windows Phones and have had them for about 6 or 7 years but they have all be Nokia's except my one HTC.  All I can say is STAY AWAY from this phone, it's not reliable, the camera is awful and it is not even close to living up to the hype.