Alcatel OneTouch unveils Windows 10 Mobile phone, despite OS's buggy start

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Alcatel OneTouch unveiled on Wednesday its Fierce XL smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile, the first vendor outside of Microsoft to launch a phone running the at times buggy mobile operating system.

Alcatel OneTouch, which is owned by China's TCL, is going after the budget smartphone market with its Fierce XL smartphone with a price tag of $139. It will be available in T-Mobile stores in the U.S. in the coming weeks, the company said.


Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL | Source: alcatelonetouch.us

The phone comes with Microsoft Office Mobile productivity suite, OneDrive document storage, and the Cortana digital assistant pre-installed.

The Fierce XL smartphone has a 5.5-inch high-definition display, a 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, an 8 megapixel main camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and 2500mAH battery.

Alcatel is planning to build a number of Windows 10 Mobile phones, including a "superphone" to compete with high-end phones from Apple and Samsung, Steve Cistulli, senior vice president of the North America region for Alcatel OneTouch, told CNET. He added that Alcatel OneTouch is committed to the Windows 10 Mobile platform.

This is surprising, given Windows 10 Mobile's rocky start. Microsoft was still working out the kinks in the operating system when it launched its Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones running the OS in November.

Then, Microsoft botched the first update to the OS, with users reporting various problems with the update, including that the update was not being offered, that the update got stuck at 0 percent, that the phone was reporting low storage, and that apps couldn't be downloaded.

Then, Microsoft said it was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older generation Windows phones until sometime this year. To make matters worse, Microsoft set an early cutoff date for supporting the just launched mobile OS – January 2018 – with no plans for extended support. 

It will be interesting to see how many other vendors are willing to make smartphones running Windows 10 Mobile. Stay tuned.

For more:
- see the Alcatel OneTouch release
- read the CNET article

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