Hands-on with the 8-inch Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 Windows 10 Mobile tablet/phone

Over the last few years, we have seen attempts at 8-inch tablets running Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. And while there was a desire for such a device, none besides the Dell Venue 8 Pro took hold. A lot of that had to do with the OS as the presence of a Windows desktop always threw off the tablet experience.

Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile are different, however, and Alcatel OneTouch is one of the first companies to put Windows 10 Mobile on a tablet. We spent a few hours playing with the new Pixi 3 at CES 2016 and frankly, I'm stunned. This tablet was announced this morning and it is the tablet experience I think Windows users have wanted. And even better, since this has LTE 4G support you get full telephony and GPS support. That means besides using maps and messaging you can technically make calls with it (there is no earpiece, but you could use a headset or the speakerphone).

Without further ado, here is our hands-on and tour of the Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile. You don't want to miss this one!

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile

  • 8-inch IPS WXGA (1280 x 800) TFT 5 point multi-touch display
  • 209 x 124.9 x 8.3 mm
  • Three colors: white, gold and volcano black
  • Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.29 with support for direct OS updates from Microsoft
  • Micro SIM: GSM 850/900/1800/1900; UMTS 900/2100 MHz; LTE B1/3/7/8/20
  • CPU: Quad Core 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909)
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1
  • 5MP rear camera; 2MP front-facing
  • 8GB internal storage with microSD card support
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4060 mAh battery
  • Voice call enabled, GPS
  • Micro USB connector
  • Headphone jack
  • $199 street price

Make no mistake the specs on this thing are not high-end, but that misses the point. The Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile is, for all intents and purposes, a full-fledged 8-inch phone. It's primary use, however, is a tablet with full support for all of those Windows Store apps and games, GPS mapping, Skype calls and email and the internet wherever you are in the world.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile

For those wondering about OTG support, Alcatel OneTouch did not know off-hand, but they did note the Android version of this tablet does support OTG, and we know Windows 10 Mobile does too, so… We'll make sure to follow up on that bit of info as we learn more. Stay tuned.

Experience

Picking up the Pixi 3 for the first time and seeing Windows 10 Mobile was certainly eye opening. At first, it was almost hilarious because my phone's OS was suddenly so big on this tablet. However, once I started to use it the Pixi 3 just made sense. Whether it was the on-screen controls, the familiar apps, the app list, or Cortana, I immediately wanted this on the couch, that train ride, on the airplane and more. And since you can adjust the text display size and enable 'Show more tiles' the experience was, even more, personal.

Alcatel OneTouch could have easily gimped this with no telephony support, but once you add in an LTE SIM this tablet becomes a great GPS navigation system for your car. Or perfect for Skype calls in the hotel room. Or just right for checking your email in between classes and more all on a roomy display.

I also had flashbacks to Dom Joly and Trigger Happy TV, but that's another story.

I was also surprised how well the Snapdragon 210 handled Windows 10 Mobile. Apps opened with no issues, and it felt smooth. Even better, Alcatel OneTouch confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile updates come directly from Microsoft, meaning this tablet and their next Windows 10 Mobile devices will be continuously updated. The Windows 10 Mobile experience is still in the early days, but it can only get better and this tablet, like all Windows 10 devices, will be part of the Windows as a Service (WaaS) paradigm.

Great price, but what about the U.S.?

Considering the Pixi 3 will sell for a flat price of $199 that is a pretty crazy deal. Alcatel OneTouch did announced immediate plans to release this device in the U.S., instead focusing on other global markets. But Alcatel OneTouch told me that the response has been so positive at CES that they are now re-thinking a U.S. launch.

Personally, I would love to see Microsoft and Alcatel OneTouch sell this direct through the Microsoft Store and eventually through U.S. carriers. If you are on board with Windows 10 Mobile for your phone than the Pixi 3 makes the perfect companion tablet. In fact, this is no different than the iPhone and iPad ecosystem that so many users buy into.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile

While the color scheme of Pixi 3 is more limited including white, gold and volcano black, the company is interested in possible other colors too. I told them a Windows 10 Blue or Cyan would look great, but I am interested in what you would want, so let me know in comments.

For now, the Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile is slated for an April release in Europe and Latin America. However, if they see demand, a U.S. launch could happen too, so let them know you if you want one.

Alcatel OneTouch bullish on Windows 10

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile

Finally, the other significant bit I can share is Alcatel OneTouch as a company is very excited about Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, I have now heard this bullish stance from numerous OEM partners here at CES. I am not taking the usual spiel about selling this device, but rather what is coming down the road.

Alcatel OneTouch said they will scale up Windows 10 Mobile to the high-end this year, and they are very convinced Microsoft has nailed the OS message with Windows 10. This tone differs from the one I used to hear from partners, which was a more muted 'We'll see where this goes' approach. The shift from a cautious and experimental to one of excitement is palatable here at CES. In fact, I see more doom and gloom from people here in comments than I have from manufacturers who now believe in what Microsoft is doing.

Will the market respond? I sure hope so. Using the Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile made me immediately want such a device for my own personal use. Then my mind started racing with the possibilities that manufacturers could bring to the table. Intel RealSense? Xbox gaming support? Full Continuum to scale up to a larger display? Pause and think about that folks and let your imagination run.

Alcatel OneTouch Pixi 3 with Windows 10 Mobile

Of course, until some of the real big names in hardware get on board for Mobile, the uphill climb will still be massive. But I see hope here, at least. Now we have to see the market response.

Windows Central will be sure to continuing covering this tablet and others in the coming months, but for now, we want to hear from you. Let Alcatel OneTouch know what you think of the Pixi 3, what you want to see next, and whether they should bring this to the U.S. I assure you, they'll be reading your comments, so let's have at it.

Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

232 Comments
  • hands on with the new mobile build no. *****.....;-)
  • Let me be very clear. Alcatel, I WANT THIS!! This is perfect for what I need. I have tried the full OS on an *inch tablet thing; sucked for me. This is the ideal size and function that I need to complement my phone. And the price is perfect for something I can just throw in my bag and forget.  For color; WHITE. I love my white 950XL.  For the I-wish-I-didn't-hear-that, did you say the microSD supports only up to 32gb? That is a downer. But, for the price, I will give them a break.  Please, please bring it to the USA. Or....... I will just get it from B&HPhotos anyway. 
  • This is true. I like it a lot. I love the idea of being able to use apps that I enjoy on my phone, also on a tablet. Netflix, games, tv, even downloading offline maps to the device! There are so many possible opportunities here.
  • The need for macro support in Excel is the only reason I'm stuck with the full OS on a tablet. If MS would offer macro support for mobile to paying subscribers of Office 365, this tablet would be perfect.
  • I know this is an entry device, but unfortunately it comes with 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 210, which is very poor performance.It would be better if it came with Atom x3 (cheaper in price but better performance) Atom x3 has performance similar than a Snapdragon 605. 
  • As Daniel said, I think if this thing gets support, other OEM's and Alcatel themselves will start thinking in terms of making entry level and flagship devices like this. It seems only natural. They just need to see that it's something people are interested in. I know this is what I've wanted for at least 3 years now. This is a good first start. A device like this has implications on the accessory market too because people are going to want some sort of convenient, yet nice way to keep this with them since it obviously won't fit in a pocket.
  • Alcatel, I NEED this!!.. Please Bring this to INDIA. It will make an awesome student device.I guarantee that you're gonna floor Galaxy Tab 4 and other voice calling tablets if you bring this to India. There's a huge market for these devices here. I have been waiting for a voice calling tablet running win10 mobile for a very loong time..This would be a day one purchase. And if you are LISTENING, I would love DUAL SIM and MORE THAN 32GB storage Support.. Nothing else.. awesome for the price..
  • Very thoughtful design. This clearly states that Alcatel has high hopes from Microsoft for Windows 10 Mobile and beyond (OS updates and versions that could revolutionize mobile industry) ;) lets just be patient.
  • Lol, who came to the the door as he announced the price?!
  • That shiit is dope. I'm getting it as long as it comes to the USA
  • Very nice but I'm still waiting for a 4:3 or 3:2 hi resolution 8in device with pen support.
  • Yes, pen support for taking notes will make the use case for me, since the 950xl really let me down when they dropped the pen support.
  • Yes, pen support and a reasonable price like they will be asking for this would convince me to buy one, guaranteed.
  • HP Envy 8 Note  8" 1920x1200 resolution Intel x5 (Cherry Trail) Active Stylus (digitizer) Optional keyboard This is the true answer to Galaxy Note 5, with a CPU that has similar performance than Samsung's flagship CPU. And best of all is it runs full Windows 10 (desktop) not Mobile version.
  • Yes I've looked that and I like it but I'd still prefer a 8in with 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio.
  • Battery life is where all the new 8" Windows tablets with Cherry Trail seem to be failing hard. Seems the Envy 8 Note, HP 608 and new Dell Venue 8 Pro all can't last more than 6 hrs, less than their two-year old Bay Trail predecessors. I really don't get it when in all other form factors and sizes battery life is increasing in efficiency for Windows devices and with competing Android tablets and iPads.
  • Trigger happy TV LOL!
    Two things that would have made it a perfect device for the price range, inking support for note taking + sketches with a stylus and a ir blaster.
    Ooh and cyan please!
  • Actually I like the idea.. :) Having W10m on my Yoga 2 8" would be great! Windows 10 dont really suit the device but mobile would be very nice and if they implement landscape mode then it would be killer!! (edit) To Alcetel: Just bring the IDOL 3 series (4.7&5.5 inch) to Windows 10 and is guaranted success!!
  • Yup, WM10 needs global landscape support and not just in certain places.
  • I have to admit, I've been waiting on a device like this. I've always favored the Windows Mobile experience over the Windows PC experience, so this is really exciting for me. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • For my money, the extra $130 to get the HP Envy Note is a much better deal. Full Win10 with Intel processor, 8" 1080p screen, active pen, and 4G LTE support. You can use this in the same way as the Pixi, but with more apps available and a smoother, more mature and supported OS experience.
  • If you prefer better tablet experience this one is great. I have asus windows tablet, honesty its not good as tablet. Frequent and large os update, few apps and you rarely will be using desktop app in such small screen. This is good for tablet. But if you use desktop app a lot then full windows.
    Ill probably get this one and will sell my asus transformer....
  • Missing the point - with the Envy and every other 8incher on the market you just can not phone. That is what makes this device unique. And in that price-range $130 more means a 65% higher price...
  • I don't mind HP envy price range but I do agree with you this device interests me becasue it is a phone. I would love this to have HP  envy spec with phone but mobile OS, not full OS.
  • You absolutely can use the HP Envy as a phone.  Skype, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, etc etc etc. 4G capability keeps it connected at all times.
  • Native phone. You know that's what people mean. And for some people the more secure mobile OS is preferable to full desktop Windows. There are already 8 inch full Windows devices. This is a new type. This is the beauty of Windows over the limited device types on say Apple. This device is great. I'd like to see a higher end mobile too. Same size but better screen and cpu (not so fussed about pen)
  • the performance, battery life, and form factor of windows phone OS is much much suitable for devices like this, than full windows 10.  especially now with the push for universal windows apps from microsoft, in my opinion, microsoft should have started with this strategy from the day one, and separate windows OS and tablet/phone OS.  keep one OS for tablets and phone, and separate OS for desktops.  that is also one of the big reasons for the windows 8/8.1 disaster. now everyone is happy with windows 10 after it has started to look like windows 7 back again.
  • Nice device
  • Does this device have same bugs which we are getting in 950/XL??
  • No, it's magic too.
  • Lol:)
  • One of the best parts of this article was when you mentioned how the tone of the OEM's seemed to be changing for the better in regards to Windows Mobile. I think more people would benefit from hearing what you're hearing on the floor at CES. I would love to see you do a full-fledged article talking about the state of Windows Mobile coming out of CES from the perspective of the OEM's. For nothing else, it might help calm the fears of some of the people thinking that Windows Mobile is doomed.
  • With all respect to the CES audience which has big enthusiasm with Windows 10 Mobile, HP doesn't think that way, they released a 8" device with Windows 10 desktop (not Mobile), the HP Envy 8 Note which has a Stylus and best in class CPU for small device.  I see more chances of HP becoming popular with this device since is like the Surface Mini Microsoft didn't build and its a true competitor for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 which is very popular phablet.  Alcatel pixi 3 looks good in theory (a 8" phablet), but the HP Envy 8 Note with its LTE radio can also be used for voice calling using apps like Skype or Viber
  • But the Envy 8 isn't a phone. I could get a cheap prepaid SIM for the Alcatel tab and have full access to phone and SMS with a real phone number and not have to deal with Yet Another App.
  • HP Elite x3
  • Mixed feelings. That device could become an epic flop... Or.. It could change the Windows 10 Mobile user base for ever
  • When I first heard about this, I also had mixed feelings. Seeing it in action on the video though, whoa it could be really cool!
  • Agreed
  • This is what Microsoft needed to do from the beginning instead of the Surface RT. It made it difficult for developers to have apps for the RT and make them for mobile as well and on the desktop they were still new. This should get the OS more popular. Hopefully Microsoft is quick with updates and lots of catch up to do for API's and features Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm sure they wished they could have done it with Surface (I wish they had). Surface was a great device hobbled by no apps but totally agree this should have a much better chance on the back of the overal Windows 10 ecosystem. Also, a few more nice devices like this and it might give that little extra nudge for anyone making desktop apps to make the additional tweaks for mobile; which is great for us phone users.  I've got an x86 Pro Tablet 608 as it makes much more sense for me (due to some work applications in particular) but would happily recommend something like this to friends and family if we see an increase in Universal apps in the coming months.      
  • Very true
  • it would be awesome to have a tablet running w10m with continuum support.it would be a very productive tablet.
  • Yes! Add continuum and SOLD.
  • That would be nice, but would require a costlier chipset.
  • It can still be made cheaper than the existing devices.A phone with snapdragon 617 suppourts continuum,that wont be a very costly device.
  • Nu Ans Neo Hands On - Customizable Windows 10 Smartphone https://youtu.be/hfCbCj1XkhA
  • Yes, but if it had just come with full windows 10 instead (wich it could have done - I honestly dont think anyone who says windows doesnt work on an 8 inch device has ever actually used windows on an 8 inch device, because it works just fine for me on my Dell Venue 8, and I've never had a single issue with interacting with UI elements) you could have cut out the continuum middle man and just had thesame level of productivity right there on the device itself.
  • I think the Start Screen should be able to rotate to landscape. iPads and Android tablets have done it for a very long time!
  • The only issue i see with a rotating start screen is how to reflow the tiles. i think if they went with a more fluid start screen on mobile as there is with the desktop, that could help in that area.
  • Tablets with a 16:9 aspect ratio are more suitable for landscape usage, so I think MS should implement W10M landscape mode for the start screen as soon as possible.
  • Maybe they could allow for two start screens... One for portrait and one for landscape that could be individually optimise by the user. Automatic re-flow wouldn't be necessary. I'd go for the flexibility that would offer.
  • Landscape start screen could work by having the tiles on one half and the app list on the other.
  • There are so many ways to customize your tile layout so there is no really a simple way to do this. The simples one would probably be if names and icons just turned 90 degree clockwise and remained in the same position, but then the wide tile would look wierd. Another way which could work is to split tiles at every 3 row from top down and lay it side ways(again doesn't work at all setups) or let the user edit both startscreens by it's needs :) 
  • Just because one person does it, it doesnt become a rule that everyone must follow. Start screen looks good in portrait mode and should remain as it is. When Microsoft released Surface RT with lanscape start screen, every one complained.
  • I don't think you understand the frustrations linked to portrait only start screen. You can be using an app in landscape mode and you want to launch another. You go onto the start screen and its in portrait mode. You change the orientation to launch your app. Then you change back to landscape. Not entirely user friendly is it?
  • I'm gonna buy this. For sure! Exactly what I need.
  • Companies like notion ink and I ball are taking Windows tablets ahead in India. I personally own a 8" Windows 10 tablet that I bought for 50 dollars.
  • Which one and from where
  • U.K?   The main question: Can it be used as a phone or not?
  • In the video, he said that it probably can, but you'll need some kind of headset to make that happen.
  • 3.5mm wired or Bluetooth
    or...use it as a speaker phone
  • I hope the excitement is palpable versus palatable.
  • That's make me wonder... Can't Microsoft release an "update" for those who have a Lumia Tablet running Windows RT? Better run Windows 10 mobile than an RT, and is just one model. Fortunately I don't have one, but I'm sorry for those who are stuck with RT.
  • Microsoft should do it. Otherwise, it will be another HP Touchpad /webOS infamous scenario: Lots of users getting the tablet at a fire sale price with the hope of getting support from the manufacturer, then the whole thing was just sent to the trash.
  • People who bought at fire sale prices shouldn't expect too much support. But the people who bought the device early at full price are right to expect that they would get continued updates.
  • I have 2 RT devices... the 2520 has better specs than this thing, it's ridiculous that it "can't" be upgraded!!! 
  • They won't, they already said W10M was for 8" or less Tablets only. Maybe someone will find a way to hack it on, though. I'd try it on my 2520... Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • +Surface 2
  • Nice device but 8gb internal is not enough
  • You an put SD card and expand it. Although would have loved to have 32GB.
  • For $200 this is great. I really hope to see these in the Microsoft store. White would be a nice option, and please tell me it supports USB OTG.
  • Windows 10 Mobile at least supports it...I hope this model is hardware ok
  • i'd definitely be interested in a higher end windows 10 mobile tablet at this size. i would think any bigger and it'd have to go with full windows 10 otherwise it'd start muddling the message that windows 10 works as a tablet as well as a desktop OS. i'd be interested in seeing a way to get xbox one gaming streaming to windows 10 mobile with support for the controller. it'd be amazing if they ever reached a point of being able to fully control the xbox one from the streaming device *plus* get it to work over the internet as opposed to on the same network. portable gaming would be changed greatly. A customized controller with a small screen built in to it. then windows 10 mobile games could consider adding xbox one controller support. it'd be a great gaming device. 
  • That would be amazing, but gaming over the internet is very hard due to latency. You could make something like Onlive, but there's no way you could use it over mobile networks, even with fast LTE.
  • If this came to the US, I would be all over it. I think Alcatel have hit the nail on the head with this one, and they would be shooting themselves in the foot if they didn't do a US release. I think the phone features on it are game changers with this form factor. Screens have been getting bigger on phones, why not take that leap? Makes perfect sense.
  • Article contradicts the video: Alcatel OneTouch did announced immediate plans to release this device in the U.S
  • Really?
  • Clearly grammatical error with mistake... "Did announced"? Lol... I'm sure he meant didn't announce. Still amazes me how often there are typos and grammatical errors in the articles.
  • Throw a better processor and camera in there and I'm sold.
    I couldn't replace my Lumia icon with it.
    Not right now, at least.
  • Thus looks great in the video. It would be nice to have sd card support for up to 128 gb or higher.i hope that OTG is indeed supported. I don't mind black or white but cyan or some other shade of blue would be a great option as well.
  • I hope so too
  • Interesting to see OEMs excited about windows 10 mobile, even though it's not even close to the stability of 8.1 I mean, the keyboard for windows 10 mobile alone is horrible. Let's not mention it's constant "resuming....." Screens.
  • I haven't seen many resuming screens on my 640 since installing 10. I agree with the keyboard being awful. The suggestion bar is too short.
  • I had more resuming screens in a day on my 920 with 8.1 than in a month of using 10 on my 640.
  • They keyboard is better than my 8.1 one. What's wrong with it in 10? Getting a lot less resuming in 10 also, although I got an upgrade.
  • Suggestions aren't as helpful as the 8.1 keyboard.
  • Must vary by phone, my keyboard suggestions seem much improved over my 8.1 920. Odd
  • I'd be all over this if it came to the US.  The idea of a blue one is also appealing.  I have a Windows tablet already, but I'd really prefer to have one that was JUST that.  I understand the Desktop on 2-in-1 capable devices and when tablets get to be above 10", but sub-10" tablets should really run Windows 10 Mobile.  Less overhead needed and I'd guess the battery life would be better. Thinking about switching to T-Mobile from Verizon and also looking at the upcoming Alcatel OneTouch handset.  I'd consider buying both and having a data plan to cover both as well.   With over 200 million on Windows 10 now and a growing ecosystem, it's just a matter of time until the Universal Apps platform really matures and the app gap shrinks massively.  I know of a few coming based on talking to customer service reps that would eliminate my personal app gap.
  • HELLO!
    ​YEAH, I'M AT CES!
    NO, IT'S RUBBISH!
    CIAO!
  • Office is read-only without subscription?
  • Unfortunately.
  • On this screen size it would allow you to edit for free. I believe the limitation on editing is for screens over 10 inches.
  • @ladydias Correct. 10.1 or something
  • What do you mean it can technically make calls? You mean like through skype, or does it also have a gsm or CDMA cellular radio in addition to the 4g LTE data?
  • It's GSM LTE
  • The article states that it supports LTE/GSM with a SIM, so you could make normal phone calls. However you would have to use speakerphone or a headset as it doesn't include ear and mouth pieces to hold against your head.
  • Hmm... yeah I see GSM listed in the list of specs now, but I'm still skeptical about it actually supporting real phone calls.  This part of the article is confusing: "Alcatel OneTouch could have easily gimped this with no telephony support, but once you add in an LTE SIM this tablet becomes a great GPS navigation system for your car. Or perfect for Skype calls in the hotel room. Or just right for checking your email in between classes and more all on a roomy display" I'd really like to see confirmation that I could pop the sim out of my 1520 and into this thing and use it just like a phone (with speakerphone or a headset).  
  • see: confirmation
    there! - happy?
  • Does this work with Verizon LTE?  If so, I'm buying!
  • Nothing works with Verizon.
  • Only if Verizon approves it... hold you breath...
  • I watched the video but didn't have the sound on because I'm getting ready for bed and I didn't want to pull out my headphones (sleep schedule is messed up from working on something that is almost making me pull my hair out, it's so annoying going back through code files if they're mostly the same and I think of something else I could do half way through.) So, my question is, what does Edge look like? Does it look like PC with the address bar at the top with multiple buttons, or is it like Mobile with everything at the bottom and few buttons on the bar?
  • It may change before the launch....
  • Launch camera => HDR => takes too long to load => cut to next scene.  That's me everyday...lol  
  • Very good article, written with a bit of passion, nice. We need it. The device on the other hand must prove to be a good investment, the lack of Coninuum and USB OTG may be a problem..
  • no Coninuum for sure
    USB OTG remains to be seen...
  • Bring it to the US Alcatel! I want it too
  • Dude, I cannot believe you dropped Trigger Happy TV into a post! That's awesome. My friends and I used to watch that like crazy back in college.
  •      
  • the pixi on the back looks pretty cute. ​Dont judge me.
  • I do really want to try Windows 10 Mobile on a tablet. Not convinced I'd NEED one alongside a Windows 10 Mobile handset like the 950/XL but at this price I'd probably buy one and see if I end up using it. I had a Dell Venue 8 Pro which was excellent, and have a HP Stream 7 (Which in comparison is pretty sucky with its 1GB RAM), this could be a great device to have around though. I do think Windows 10 Mobile should pick up the ability to snap two apps side by side like iOS can do on specific devices, especially in Continuum. A tablet like this that also supports continuum further down the line would be very interesting - Unfortunately it would cost as much as a flagship phone for now.
  • Wait, does this tablet support real, non-data phone calls, like a normal phone, or just VoIP calls, be it skype, etc?
  • Consider the fact that there's a sim card in there. Now reconsider your question.
  • So? There are many tablets out there that have SIM slots and yet they cannot make phone calls and can only access data through SIM. The article is a bit vague on that and that's why I'm asking, but it does seem it supports that. I just want to be sure. EDIT: apparently it does support actual SIM telephony. That's good.
  • Good to know.
  • it does via 3.5mm jack or BT or speakerphone
  • I believe this should read "did not announce": "Alcatel OneTouch did announced immediate plans to release this device in the U.S., instead focusing on other global markets."
  • This is pretty cool, for $199 its an excellent tablet option for those need the ipad like experience of touch only. 
  • This tablet sounds awesome. It would seem to be exactly what ive been looking for. What a great price. If it comes to the US im getting it. My new Cricket Lumia 640 is cyan and thats ok but I think basic black would be my color choice for this . ​
  • Since the introduction of the iPad with cellular data support, I have always wondered why every tablet and pc that came with that support never supported making phone calls.  You always had to use skype, or a sip provider, or some other service, when you have a sim card from a cellular company in your device.  It made no sense.  Finally someone does it right!  hook up wired earbuds, or a bluetooth headset, and your tablet is your phone!  It is about damned time someone did that.  
  • The galaxy tabs ( 7" & 8") always supported GSM voice calls... Outside the US. US carriers refused to allow voice calls
  • up to 8.3" they even have ear piece,
    10" & 12" can use speakerphone or BT
  • Isn't is just cause their OS doesn't have native phone dialers? Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • With low specs, and a not so low price, this thing is going nowhere. I still havnt found any reason to give up my L1520.
  • LTE and GPS makes this a great media consumption device, mobile hotspot, and GPS.
  • Can this run only one app at a time?
  • more than one!
    ½GB is minimum, this has 1GB
  • Some of the Tablet experience features this offers are what we're demanding in the full Windows 10 Tablet Mode! http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_desktop/windows-10-tablet-mode-experience-is-much-worse/5b7d6882-8069-45b1-b2b9-c206957410f8 Including swipe start screen to access the the app list in full screen view instead of the current pane view to the left. Other than that, Windows 10 mobile feels disapipointng like Windows RT, and I have a feeling it'll suffer the same fate as RT, disappointing users when they realize a Windows device isn't capable of running their Win32 applications. Similar Priced devices like the Dell Venue 8 Pro are what this is meant to be; simple Tablet when on the go, full Desktop PC when connected to a monitor, no compromise. This just keeps the similar price and downgrades the internals and OS...inferior and overpriced fail. Speaking of RT, wonder why Microsoft couldn't make WIndows 10 Mobile an upgrade to Windows 8.1.1 RT on their Surface RT and Surface 2 tablets, with option to turn off Tablet mode...guess they're trying to reduce the size of the OS and not include Office in the licensing package, thus tollerating these miniature 8GB storage devices, which aren't even cheaper than what was already being offered. It's only helping with profits for OEMs <- Maybe that's why Dan is seeing more doom and gloom from commenters/consumers rather than from OEMs?
  • But the average non tech user isn't going to go to a variety of different websites and download a bunch of win32 apps. They want to go to a store on their phone and find what they are after. The problem with the mobile version of windows 10 is unfortunately the lack of apps, available apps missing features and also the fact that certain websites don't work on a mobile device and those website don't have apps that do the same function on windows mobile.
  • The steam store, in conjunction with GestureWorks GamePlay add-on, is the goto for tablet PC games. No downloading exe from various sites. Just enjoy from the steam store. Or better yet, install Tablet PC Mouse app from Windows Store, configure the on-screen touch controls and you can use it with any online Flash Gaming website, like Miniclip, for a continuously growing collection of free games. Windows Mobile on the other hand, just a limited and inferior OS like Windows RT...no point limiting yourself when you're not saving nor gaining anything.
  • In your use case scenario you need access to win 32 apps and the steam store for gaming etc. Not everyone will use their devices the same way or require the same features. Some people just want something simple with one app store. So this device may not be right for you but for others it will be good.
     
  • Yes, 8" that is what i cal a big phone.
  • Way too expensive for those specs. For $200 you can get a lot of tablets that can do much more with better specs, like the Nvidia Shield. This should be a lot cheaper or have at least better specs. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I'm sure this price will plummet over time. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Shield can't make calls with a real phone number, right?
  • I agree with Scott. Making tablets voice tabs is the answer to energizing sagging sales in the tablet segment.
  • Take my money!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mr Rubino, what a great write-up. Not only informative, but with a vision and understanding as well. Let's hope the bigger players in the industry get the picture as well, soon.
  • Too bad they didn't announce it will come the the u.s. I wonder if the idol 4 will have a windows version. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Oneplus One
  • Looking forward owning this device, $199 seems very affordable, I only hope that carriers like tmobile and ATT are not  throwing up walls preventing this device to work on their networks. I would love to see the yellow from my 1520 as a color option
  • I would buy a couple of Pixies and rock Allison on them!  :D So yes Alcatel, please bring it to the US! Ferrari red in homage to Nokia's contribution to WP would be a great bonus!
  • Being one of those that still uses his Dell Venue Pro 8 with Windows 10, I wish it could run the mobile OS. The overall concept is great and with a better processor to support Continuum you could have a great work device for different business segments. Even in my job in IT, I'm working primarily on a platform that is browser based, responding to emails, and getting on frequent conference calls. If something like this could support Continuum, I would be willing to dump my laptop and try it for a month. The next big push isn't just getting manufacturers to embrace Windows 10 mobile, although that will help, but for companies and IT departments to support it and manage it as a true enterprise option.
  • For my job I work in an environment that is browser based, respond to emails and getting on calls too. I was wondering if Windows 10 Mobile continuum could be used like this. By that I mean, from an IT perspective, is there any reason why the browser based environment could not be ran on Windows 10 mobile the way our current IE browser based environment does?
  • Windows RT reinvented....
  • not exactly. win rt was not win mobile.
  • Windows 10 Mobile is what RT SHOULD have been. RT never made sense - it was a desktop-oriented OS, without the desktop apps. W10M is a touch-first, mobile OS, with a larger app base (though as we all know there's a huge gap). I think Microsoft has a winner in Windows 10 Mobile. Once the bugs get ironed out and developers understand what the desktop/mobile universal apps can really be used for, I think Microsoft's long term strategy with it will pay off. Microsoft isn't building a celphone OS - they don't care about their cell phone market share anymore. Devices like this Alcatel small tablet is the reason W10M exists.
  • RT was not desktop oriented. It was crippled by the desktop. That and misunderstood. I still use a Surface 2 on the go every day and it works like a charm (although I also own a Surface Pro 3).
  • I would seriously consider purchasing one of these to replace my first gen Dell Venue 8 Pro. The only issue I have with this device is it doesn't support USB Type-C. I live in California by the way. Oh and Lumia 1520 green would be super awesome!
  • I didn't even know I wanted this device type until I saw this. This is great!
  • dan if there is no ear piece why do you hold it to your ear?
  • humor?
  • Made me smile
  • noicy environment - even the speakerphone max volume was not enough
    or...hearing impaired?
  • Very very cool. And well priced
  • If it has GPS then its good device for car... works as gps, car phone, wifi hotspot, kids can watch videos etc...
  • Hmmmmmm interesting.
  • Please sell it in indonesia Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yesss! Please!!!
  • Windows 10 Blue and this is a guranteed sale(although in black if it comes to the US 99% purchased as well) I have been dreaming of this type of device since my stream 7.
  • Of all the specs the one that is a deal killer for me is that screen resolution. Such a low res on that big of a screen is no dice for me.  
  • When is it coming to SA, want it now.
  • Why can't they put a microphone in it?  It should cost them next to nothing.  What happen when no heatset available? Also they should release a highend one with FHD, wacom, coninuum and license a old 8mp pureview from 830. Not that I am going to buy it, to me the basic one with microphone is all I need.  If they have mic I have my CC ready.
  • Microphone is there, no ear piece so, you have to put on speaker during the call.
  • or use BT (or the 3.5mm)
  • See i think this device can do reasonably well. Priced well and for what most use iPads for (browsing internet, triaging email, light gaming) a Snapdragon 210 or 410 would work well and keep costs low.
  • Yes, please bring to the US!
  • Daniel, do you know that Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 which is a high performance gaming tablet costs excatly the same?
    Why would anyone pay for this piece of sh*t hardware?!
     
  • making real phone calls, too?
  • Nope, it doesn't.
     
  • I'm very excited about this.  The more I read the more excited I get.  I tried Windows 10 on the HP Stream 7.  After seeing how great the HP Stream 11 is, I had high hopes for that little guy.  Unfortunately, it was so hampered by 1GB of RAM and all of the situations I found myself trying to peck through classic Windows UI on a tiny 7" screen that it was a truly disappointing experience.  Give me Microsoft's true Mobile OS on a mobile device anyday.  Windows 10 full is great, no doubt, but cramming it into a tiny device just left me underwhelmed at best and frustrated at worst.  
  • Tablets running Win 10 Mobile won't sell any better than tablets running Windows RT. I own a Surface RT. I agree with other commenters that this tablet is overpriced/underpowered. For $200 this device should have 2 GB RAM and a mid-range processor.
  • Borderline criminal not to have at least 2 GB RAM on this thing...
  • Surface 2 needs the Win 10 Mobile update!!
  • I want such a device but need atleast 32gb internal storage. I have a 640XL and the 8gb kills me sometimes especially on updates.
  • SD card gives you 8GB+32GB
  • I really like the idea behind this device. I think it would make a really nice device with a few tweaks. I would love to see at least 2 gb of RAM, 32 or more gb of storage, and pen support. I think that 3:2 or even 16:10 aspect ratio would be good too, but for a device this small, it isn't as important.
  • I would buy this if it supported T-mobile band. High specs with 299-399 would be better than buing a phone. Why would I buy phone when least thing I do on the phone is actully talk.
  • This would be great if the battery life is decent. It could put my Surface 2 out to pasture. If they're thinking of other colors, I'd vote blue.   Also: USB Type-C, please.
  • Burnt Orange or Bronze Fire for color, increase SD card to 128gb, add an ear piece so it can be my phone and I am sold!!! I would go $600 easy on an 8" phone that gave me all the features. USB Type-C Octa-Core, 3gb ram, 128gb SD support, Can be phone without needing an ear piece, Burnt Orange Color, or custom color options, Pen Support. This could be big, but at that price point I would by and just use an ear piece.
  • why not BT ??
  • Yes you can...it is also 4G capable and can receive calls through a myriad of choices--Skype, Google Hangouts, WharsApp, etc etc.
  • the 1 gig of ram is pretty bad though. A tablet need a bit more oomph but that is not to say that my inlaws and Mom would not be getting this as they both want a bigger screen to look at photos and things on and since its the mobile build and not the full OS the 1 gig is actually livable.
  • Alcatel, just put a telephony earpiece top front, and a telephony mic bottom front, and be done with it!
  • or use BT ??
  • lol...I was about to post the Dom Jolly reference until I read more of the article. Seems like a crappy investment. The battery will be lousy and seems impractical to carry unless you have a purse. The worst part are the specs. He have phones with 3gb of RAM and 8" tablets with 2gb being the norm yet this one opted to completely sell itself short. Who is this marketed too? The only thing missing is it making it 3G with only a/b/g wi-fi
  • Was it so hard to show some actual apps on the thing? You just swiped left and right on the start screen for three minutes.
  • If it's as good as it is promising, I'll get one for my father (he'll be 83 in March).
  • Never thought I'd want a Windows Mobile tablet but I want one so bad right now. This looks awesome.
  • Windows 10 mobile support USB OTG? What are the devices supported?
  • Windows 10 Mobile WILL support OTG, but what devices=?
  • 1520 size people were like that to big but ha i think this got it
  • red
  • Is 1GB memory enough for a device like this? (Honest question)
  • ½GB is the Mobile OS minimum - this has 1GB
  • "I see more doom and gloom from people here in comments than I have from manufacturers"
    Sad but true. On behalf of everyone, I apologise. I'd actually love to own one of these, and I'm sure lot of people here in India would too.
  • I want this in red! red and black accents.
  • Does it have windows hello feature?
  • no
  • this is nice, but my ideal MS phablet (aka, Surface Phone) would more or less retain the form factor of the 1520 so it has (to channel Panos Panay) “pocketability,” but the bezels would be reduced to maximize screen size…i’d guess MS could push it to 6.5,” possibly 7” if they’re really clever. and pen support, of course.  http://s19.postimg.org/ebmxigcbn/surface_phone4.jpg  
  • So can you run x86 programs?
  • no, the Mobile runs phone apps & Universal Apps
  • It's dangerous, and that's the way I like it - give it to me baby. RED is way!
  • If devices like this would catch on in a big way, apps would come. And for those saying it's priced too high, where else can you get a cellular capable tablet for that price?
  • I said this once and I will say it again there are Business people and Adverage citizens world wide that want a  7 or 8 inch Tablet/Smartphone hybrid bundled with a blue tooth headset to send and recieve phone calls. this device could be carried in a small shoulder bag have 4G LTE. You make calls and recieve calls by pressing a button on it's blue tooth headset and tell CORTINA TO  CALL SOME ONE YOU WANT TO TALK TO AND CORTINA VERBALY TELLS YOU SOME ONE IS CALLING YOU AND REQUESTS DO YOU WANT TO TAKE THE CALL . WOW that would be a cool device.
  • it's "Cortana", but sure - why not - just buy it (Verizon LTE=no)
  • I like the device but that 1gb of RAM is scaring me. Please Alcatel gives us at least 2gb of RAM...
  • The Mobile 10 OS minimum is ½GB - this has 1GB
  • It will need completely new bands to function in the US on AT&T and T-Mobile, in particular Bands 2, 4, 12, 17, which are not listed in the specs.
  • Correct
  • I'd get rid of my Dell Venue 8 Pro and get on of these if it was available. Awesome tablet. I also have a Nokia 1520, but it's a little small for a tablet. Release it in the US PLEASE!
  • This makes me wonder if their is anyway that I could load Windows 10 Mobile on my Venue pro 8 3845.  It just is to sluggish as a tablet with Windows 10. And would be able to do nearly everything that I want a this small tablet to do with Mobile loaded on it.  
  • India plz.... And cyan colour....
  • I think it's a great idea, and I love that Alcatel is making Windows 10 Mobile devices. Alcatel, make more tablets and phones, and bring them in blue. There's not enough blue phones (especially the Windows 10 blue which is great).
    ​However, the price on this (although perfectly respectable) just can't match the specs when I can get the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 for the same price. I mean, that tablet isn't LTE but my point is still the same. I just think manufacturers have to be more aggressive with budget tablets, because we only get a good budget tablet every once in a great while.
  • real phone calls makes the difference
  • I think this whole W10M tablet idea misses the point of having a Windows tablet at all - having a full-scale Windows desktop in your pocket. Which can do everything W10M can and many things more. The point that was perfectly addressed with HP Stream 7.  
  • This with a S820,FHD or UHD screen,3-4 GB ram,32 GB internal memory and Micro SD, 20MP backcamera and good selfie frontcam,windows Hello,continuum and 6000-8000 mAh battery would be a killer device. 
  • Put it on Verizon to calm the complainers, haha. Really cool device though, glad it has cell support.
  • Yes, finally what a Windows TABLET, not 2-n-1 which is a PC, should be.
  • This could be a useful device for those that don't make alot of calls. But if it was going to be a real phone substitute than the camera would need flash.
  • I want it, would buy one. Don't care about the color. Make it with a removable back like a Lumia phone and I'll spray paint it! Wish there was a "DeLuxe" version though with maybe 3GB RAM and 16-32GB storage. I'm afraid the 1GB RAM/8GB memory Windows devices aren't going to cut it soon as they keep improving and adding updates to W10M.
  • If only their could be dual windows in Windows 10 Mobile to better compensate work and other activities. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • or quad split?
  • Please bring it to the U.S.  I would definitely buy it!  I like white or orange back but the black one is fine.  Very cool!
  • still prefer my Asus vivotab note8 better which runs on full windows 10, don't get me wrong. i love my lumia 950 w10m is good on phone but not really for me on tablet.
  • What's with the awful screen resolution?
  •  i have Lumia 950 XL, and i have been using Nokia N1 for my tablet needs, which is a copy of iPad mini.  i have been dreaming for an 8' tablet with windows phone.  i'll hold off on this one due to poor specs (especially the screen), but i am ready to move to Windows Phone OS based tablet the moment something with comparable specs to ipad mini comes out (i am even willing to sacrifice having plants vs zombies 2 on my tablet).
  • the perfect case for this is make a pro version, with a 820 in it and usb c, with continuum and a dock, 3-4 gigs ram , better specs all around including 8 mp front and 20mp rear and good speakers, 1080p at least but 2k or 4k would be better, removable back with all color choices. probably some one will beat them to it.
  • I want one. Tempted to use as a phone, as I mainly text anyway. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Yep. If they decide to sell this in the U.S., I'm getting one.
    ​Like the form factor.
    ​Would be nice, if they had LUmia colors - blaze orange, cyan and green    
  • I want this for my project fi spare sim card. Would bring me into the windows mobile field for once and make a cool spare device for "windows" stuff.
  • I left feedback at http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/company/contactus, asking about U.S. availability, but did not hear back. Anyone else had any luck dropping Alcatel a line and hearing back from them on this???