Difference between Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Asus FonePad

Key difference: The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.65 inch HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor on a MediaTek MTK 6577 and 1 GB of RAM. The phone has a width of 6.45mm, which has led the company to tout it as the thinnest smartphone on the market. Asus has announced the launch of newest phablet, the Asus Fonepad. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android tablet that allows users to also make phone calls by placing the device on their ear. The phablet runs on 1.2 GHz single-core Intel Atom processor, making it pretty fast for multi-tasking, along with playing some high-res games. The device has 1 GB RAM.

Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications equipment company based in Paris, France. It is best known for providing telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises, and governments around the world. In addition, they also focus on fixed phones, mobile phones, converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services.

Among its many series of phones, one is the Alcatel One Touch, which is an Android based smartphone series. Some of the newest phones under the series are the Alcatel One Touch Idol, Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Alcatel One Touch Idol X.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.65 inch HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The phone is powered by Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor on a MediaTek MTK 6577 and 1 GB of RAM. The phone runs on Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean).  Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra also features an 8 MP primary camera with digital zoom and LED flash, as well as 1.3 MP secondary front-facing camera for video calls. The phone comes with 16GB of internal storage, of which 13.3 GB is available to the user. The device also supports MicroSD to expand external usage up to 32 GB.

The phone has a width of 6.45mm, which has led the company to tout it as the thinnest smartphone on the market. However, to get this accolade of the ‘thinnest smartphone’, the device has had to compromise on some matters, such as the phone does not feature an audio jack. The phone does come with a USB to 3.5 mm jack adapter, which means that the USB port doubles as an audio port.

Asus has announced the launch of newest phablet, the Asus Fonepad. The company states that the purpose of launching this phone is to bridge the gap between the phone and the tablet, eliminating the need for the carrying to separate devices. The Asus Fonepad is practically a tablet that has phone call making capabilities. The Fonepad is a 7-inch Android tablet that allows users to also make phone calls by placing the device on their ear. Some people may find it silly to place such a huge device on their ear to make calls; for those people the tablet does allow connectivity with a Bluetooth device.

The Asus Fonepad has borrowed a bunch of features from the Nexus 7, which was also created under Google and Asus collaboration. The weight, dimension and the display are all similar to the Nexus 7; however, the company has replaced the back. The plastic-leather back of the Nexus 7 has been replaced with a slick, steel casing. The device is available in titanium gray and champagne gold colors. The phablet sports a 7-inch IPS LED backlit touch screen that allowed multitouch capability for up to 10 people. The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800, which provides approximately 216 ppi density, a decent enough resolution. Under the hood, the phablet runs on 1.2 GHz single-core Intel Atom processor, making it pretty fast for multi-tasking, along with playing some high-res games. The device has 1 GB RAM.

There will be two versions of the tablet, one for Europe, the other for Asia. The launch regarding rest of the World has yet to be revealed. The European variant will have 16 GB internal storage capacity, with no rear camera. However, the Asian variant will 8 GB internal storage capacity and will house a 3.2 MP rear camera. Both the variants will house 1.2 MP front camera for video conferencing. The phablet will not support 4G capabilities. The phablet will be available with preloaded Android v4.1 Jelly Bean, with no announcements yet regarding if it is upgradeable to the newest version. The internal storage capacity can expanded up to 32 GB using a MicroSD. One of the most prominent features of the phablet is the massive battery that has been mounted on the device. The non-removable Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery allows the phone to support 32.5 hours of talktime on 3G and 751 hours of standby time. There is no proper release date for the phone, with the expected release to be around April or May 2013.

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra website, the Asus website, trustedreviews.com, pcworld.idg.com.au and GSMArena.com.

 

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra

Asus Fonepad

Launch Date

Q2 2013

Expected April 2013

Company

Alcatel

Asus

Size

134.4 x 68.5 x 6.5 mm (5.29 x 2.70 x 0.26 in)

196.4 x 120.1 x 10.4 mm

Display

HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

7" LED Backlight WXGA IPS Panel touch screen

Screen

720 x 1280 pixels, 4.65 inches (~316 ppi pixel density)

1280x800 (~216 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Corning Glass – Oleophobic coating

N/A

Weight

115 g (4.06 oz)

340 g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

4G Network

No

N/A

GUI

Custom UI

Asus UI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.2 GHz

1.2 GHz Single-core Intel Atom

GPU

-

PowerVR SGX540

OS

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Android OS v4.1 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset

MTK 6577

Intel Atom Z2420

RAM

1 GB RAM

1 GB

SIM Size

Micro-SIM

microSIM

Internal Memory

16 GB (13.3 GB user available)

8/16 GB

Expandable Memory

Yes, microSD up to

Up to 32 GB

Sensors

Proximity sensor, Light sensor, G-sensor, E-compass

GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct Hotspot, USB Modem Tethering: Plug and Play, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB 2.0 high speed, GPS with A-GPS

GSM, HSDPA, WCDMA, Bluetooth, USB, WLAN802.11

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

Speed

HSPA: 7.2Mbps downlink, 5.76 Mbps uplink

HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, hot spot, Wi-fi direct

WLAN802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

V4.0

Bluetooth V3.0

USB

Micro USB 2.0 high speed

microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP,  LED Flash

3.2 MP autofocus camera

Secondary Camera

1.3 MP, HD 720p

1.2 MP

Video

[email protected]

720p

Camera Features

Digital Zoom, LED Flash, Face and smile detection, Photographic filters, Panoramic and Matrix Style Pictures

Autofocus

Sound Enhancement

HD Sound enhancer

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic; Asus Sonice Master audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 by Waves

Audio supported formats

AAC, AAC+, AAC Enhanced, WB AMR, MP3, Midi

MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player

Video supported formats

H.263, MPWG4, H.264

MP4/H.264/H.263 player

Battery Capacity

Lithium-ion 1820 mAh

Non-removable Li-Ion 4270 mAh battery (16 Wh)

Stand-by

2G: 700h

3G: 400h

3G: 751 hours

Talk time

2G: 16h

3G: 8.5h

3G: 32.5 hours

Available Colors

Black, Flash Red, Flash Yellow, Green, Blue, Pink

Titanium Gray, Champagne Gold

Messaging

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM

Browser

HTML

HTML5

Radio

Stereo FM radio with RDS

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

GPS, A-GPS, Glonass

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Thinnest phone ever
  • No 3.5 mm audio jack, contain USB-to-audio jack adapter
  • Water repellent technology (P2i)
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input
  • SNS integration
  • 5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
  • Asus Launcher
  • MyLibrary
  • File Manager   
  • Kindle 
  • Zinio    
  • SuperNote Lite
  • App Backup    
  • App Locker
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input (Swype)

Image Courtesy: alcatelonetouch.com, asus.com

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