CES 2013: Alcatel claims world's thinnest crown with One Touch Idol Ultra

CES 2013: Alcatel claims world's thinnest crown with One Touch Idol UltraThanks, Alcatel. We'd just about managed to move on from the whole “world's thinnest smartphone” silliness, when along comes the One Touch Idol Ultra at CES 2013, claiming to be... well, you know.

Alcatel's super-slim Idol Ultra is just 6.45mm thin, and is one of several new One Touch phones unveiled in Las Vegas today as the CES juggernaut starts getting up to speed.

The show itself only gets underway for real tomorrow, but that's not stopping Alcatel from getting in early – possibly since not that many people would listen if it waited till tomorrow.

The One Touch Idol Ultra comes in at one-fifth of a millimetre thinner than the Oppo Finder, currently accepted as the slimmest smartphone around (and not the rumoured 6.2mm ZTE Athena, which was apparently so thin ZTE is still working on how to make it actually appear).

In terms of real-world difference, 0.2mm is something in the region of the thickness of two ordinary sheets of paper. Yes, not one but two!

It also boasts a 4.7in AMOLED touchscreen and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and comes with Android Jelly Bean on board. Which to be fair is a decent spec for a handset whose primary claim to fame is almost completely irrelevant.

Alcatel also has the more down-market One Touch Idol to show off, which has a similar footprint to the Idol Ultra but with the focus on being light (110g) rather than slim, as well as the One Touch Scribe HD, a power-packed 5-incher rocking MediaTek's low-power MT6589 quad-core solution, which should keep the price down compared with rivals boasting rival quad-core hardware.

Alcatel is also touting a 4G-friendly One Touch Scribe HD-LTE, but has yet to dish up the specifics (though as pointed out by AhmedCentral in the comments below, it won't have the 4G radio-less MediaTek processor inside, for one thing).

In fact, beyond the headline details, Alcatel isn't giving much away at all, saying only that its range of new handsets will launch “globally” during 2013. That doesn't tell us much, but would suggest that we're almost certainly talking months not weeks.

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Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 19:23

Thinner phone by the end of the week?

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 19:35

*Looks at title*

http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/21983370.jpg

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 19:37

woah woah woah.

Hold on a second here, the One touch scribe comes with a Mediatek processor and 4G? That's impossible seeing as the MT6589 does not have a 4G radio onboard....

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 19:41

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:46

*Looks at title*

http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/21983370.jpg


Couldn't put it better myself. Now I've experienced the 3100mah beast in the Note 2, there's no way I'm going back to crap batteries.

I was driving from Hull to Nottingham the other day (a 2hr journey), and I was streaming music from my phone to my car via Bluetooth all the way. It used 5% of the N2's battery haha :D.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 20:50

That's pretty good. I don't understand why manufacturers don't do what Motorola started and create two versions of their phones/flagship. One with a slim profile and average battery size. And then one with a **** laptop sized battery duct taped to the back to increase battery life.

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:06

Well that Chinese one has followed suit.

Thinnest phone is an easy way to get cheap press especially if like ZTE you don't even bother releasing the phone.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:10

What's with mobot's curse word filter, i put a non swear word there....

Yeh thinnest phone sounds good, but you'd think phone manufactueres would have realised that maybe some people want large batteries. I usually buy 2 batteries with my phone so i can battery swap on the move. (rarely do this tbh)

Pondlife  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:17

With Apple making it seem a high end thing expect it boosts a companies image to some as if it's some technological achievement.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:24

Agreed, what i hate is this new trend of having non removable batteries. If samsung can make the S3 that thin and still have a removable battery why can't HTC or Sony or every other company do it. Oh and ZTE made the Nubia Z5, the thinnest 5inch phone with a 1080p screen, and it has a micro SD card.... DID YOU HEAR THAT HTC/SONY/EVERYONE!

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:34

Seem's i'm right- no mention of 4G here-
http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/07/alcatel-one-touch-scribe-hd/


Well called, AhmadCentral. Seems I failed to spot there are two variants, an HD model and an HD-LTE model, which is the 4G one and must obviously have a different processor. No official specs yet, so we'll have to wait on the specifics.

Article has been amended now - thanks for pointing it out :)

AhmadCentral  Jan. 7, 2013 at 21:37

No worries haha. It would be me to point out a mistake to do with a Chinese processor wouldn't it :p

jesusfuck  Jan. 8, 2013 at 01:29

jesus ****, what happened to this world? At what point do you dumb **** actually start giving a **** about deliberating over the minor details of modern day 'smartphones' and their intricate pros and cons. GO. THE. ****. OUTSIDE.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 09:16

jesus ****, what happened to this world? At what point do you dumb **** actually start giving a **** about deliberating over the minor details of modern day 'smartphones' and their intricate pros and cons. GO. THE. ****. OUTSIDE.

I assume you meant "stop giving a****"???

I also assume you posted that comment from some sort of electronic communications device?
I also assume you prefer when said device works, and when it does what it promised it was capable of doing?
I also infer that you would like to persuade people with said technology to shun said technology. I have my doubt that works. It's like the Guardian talking about the evils of tabloid media. As if there was any other type of media... pah.
I would like to travel back in time and prevent the invention of quite a few things. Mobiles are way up there on my list. But they are here to stay. And so they should be good. We sell ourselves to corporations for the odd crumb on our plates. Occasionally a biscuit and Christmas some fruitcake.
Know your enemy, right? That's why you came here. Bad products are our enemy.

You blast in here, and leave without telling us what you deem worthy of discussion.
That helps. Hey, tell me what you had for breakfast, and I can tell you what share of your money went to Monsanto and Animal Abuse Inc.! Go on. I grant you one more off-topic post.

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 11:58

mmm cake

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:12

Well, he caught me pre-coffee...pffft.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:15

Well, he caught me pre-coffee...pffft.
Yay, Jan rant (which saved me the need to rant :p).

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:20

Well, he caught me pre-coffee...pffft.
Yay, Jan rant (which saved me the need to rant :p).


now with buy one get one free

Pondlife  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:26

Given that we are talking of mobile devices we could actually be outside while posting on here, I know I have been.

Mobiles would be pretty low on my list of things not to be invented, my top one would offend a fair few...

AhmadCentral  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:31

Yeh what the hell. I don't spend all my time looking at mobile phones and stuff.

*stares at mobot home page*

;)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:49

Given that we are talking of mobile devices we could actually be outside while posting on here, I know I have been.

Mobiles would be pretty low on my list of things not to be invented, my top one would offend a fair few...


yeah, well... "high up" on a realllllllly long list is still pretty low down ;) or not... relative.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 12:51

Given that we are talking of mobile devices we could actually be outside while posting on here, I know I have been.

Mobiles would be pretty low on my list of things not to be invented, my top one would offend a fair few...

As have I, the beauty of mobile devices, eh :p.

Hmmm...I think I may agree with you on the "things which should never have been invented", front. *reads Pondi's mind* ;).

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 14:52

jesus ****, what happened to this world? At what point do you dumb **** actually start giving a **** about deliberating over the minor details of modern day 'smartphones' and their intricate pros and cons. GO. THE. ****. OUTSIDE.

Funny thing is this isn't a million miles from how I feel about the whole thing myself. I just figured that blanket insults, swearing and obvious hipocrisy might not be the best way to get the point across. Maybe you'd find more people would listen to you ranting about what's wrong with the world if you weren't doing such a good job of embodying it yourself, but each to their own I guess...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 15:00

jesus ****, what happened to this world? At what point do you dumb **** actually start giving a **** about deliberating over the minor details of modern day 'smartphones' and their intricate pros and cons. GO. THE. ****. OUTSIDE.

Funny thing is this isn't a million miles from how I feel about the whole thing myself. I just figured that blanket insults, swearing and obvious hipocrisy might not be the best way to get the point across. Maybe you'd find more people would listen to you ranting about what's wrong with the world if you weren't doing such a good job of embodying it yourself, but each to their own I guess...


You could've said that earlier... woulda saved me my pre-coffe rant, you $**&*##-*

martinjjames / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 15:04

Call it payback for taking so long to grab hold of some perfectly decent low-hanging Elop fruit ;)

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