The Alcatel Onetouch ICON Pop (A564C) Released for TracfoneWe are sharing details and specs below about the Alcatel A564C touchscreen smartphone newly released for use with Tracfone Wireless. TracfoneReviewer will continue to update this post as more information is available.
|Tracfone Alcatel onetouch Icon Pop|
Tracfone is moving a little faster at adding new Android smartphones to their lineup that already includes several other options. But until now they were lacking a smartphone with a larger screen size, and the Alcatel Onetouch (and LG Ultimate 2) appears to fill that void.
The previous screen size options were the LG Optimus Fuel with a 3.5" touchscreen, and the LG Optimus Dynamic II at 3.8", among others.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, with a 4" touchscreen, and the Moto E, with 4.3" touchscreen, are both expected to be released in the near future, but have been overtaken before even being released. The LG Ultimate 2, which was released at the same time as the Icon Pop, has a 4.5" screen, and shares many similar features and specs.
In case you're wondering (like we were), here is the breakdown of why the name is so long. Alcatel is the company name, Onetouch is the name of the line of phones, and Icon Pop ( or sometimes POP Icon) is the name of this phone. There are a few other Alcatel Onetouch phones, like the Pop Mega, and Pop Star, but Tracfone isn't adding them to their selection. Tracfone then classifies this as the A564C, with 'C' denoting that it uses CDMA technology.
Let's look at what you can expect from the Alcatel Icon Pop.
What to Expect from the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop on TracfoneFirst off, the Icon Pop will be used on Verizon CDMA 3G service through Tracfone prepaid. This is the same as Tracfone's other Smartphone offerings at this time.
It will have Triple Minutes for Life, and minutes will be separated into Talk, Text and Data. For more info on this, read our post, How Minutes Work on Tracfone Android Phones.
The 5" touchscreen is obviously the most noticeable feature on the Alcatel A564C, but there are several other features that are very exciting for Tracfone users who are looking for an upgrade on their current phones.
Time to take a closer look at the Icon Pop features and specs.
Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop Features and SpecsWe will cover the main features for the A564C, followed by the technical specifications below.
- Android 4.4
- 3G on Verizon networks
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 0.3MP Front Camera
- Large Screen Icons
- Hearing Aid Compatible, Hands free Speaker
- MP3 Player, FM Radio
- Triple Minutes for Life
- Caller ID, Call Waiting, Voicemail, etc.
- Voice Dialing
- Access to over 1 Million apps via Google Play
Alcatel A564C Icon Pop Specs:
- Size: 5.55" x 2.84" x 0.39"
- 5" touschreen (854 x 480)
- 1.2 Ghz Quad-core processor
- 1 GB RAM
- 4 GB Internal Memory, Up to 32 GB Micro SD card Compatible
- Weight: 5.2 Ounces
- 2000 mAh Battery with 9.5 hours talk time, 20 days standby (2.5 hrs to fully charge)
|Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop and 5" screen|
A number of the features and specs listed above for the Alcatel Ontouch Icon Pop are improvements over Tracfone's older smartphones, and similar to the Moto E and LG Ultimate 2. Let's take a closer look.
One of the big features is the processor and RAM on the Icon pop. With a quad core and 1 GB, it should be able to keep up with your needs. The LG Ultimate 2 and Moto E each have 1 GB of RAM and 1.2 Ghz processors, but they are only dual core. Other Android phones like the ZTE Valet and LG Optimus Dyamic II are single core with 512 MB RAM.
Another big feature on the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop is the camera. It has a 5MP rear camera plus a 0.3MP front camera. And after looking through sources, it appears to have autofocus.
The Ultimate 2 also has a 5MP camera with autofocus, and 1.3MP front camera. But the Moto E only has a 5MP rear camera and no autofocus.
Lastly, the 5" screen is a nice feature, and a bit bigger than the other smartphones from Tracfone at this time as we mentioned above. Some sources indicate that it has a resolution of 854 x 480 while we found others saying 960 x 540.
Our Thoughts on the Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop
This phone brings some great new features to the table with a 5" screen and quad core processor. While this phone is still at the low end of the smartphone market, it is ahead of many of Tracfone's other devices.
Each new phone that Tracfone releases pushes the list of features further and further into what other carriers are using. Tracfone is still behind the curve, but they are trying to catch up. It is unlikely they will ever sell top of the line phones with their prepaid service, but at least users can get some newer tech.
The Alcatel Onetouch Icon Pop is a a great looking phone with a nice large screen, but is it better than the Moto E and LG Ultimate 2? Spec-wise, it does have more processing cores, and a larger screen, but each user must choose what is important to themselves when selecting a phone. Not everyone, for example, wants a 5" screen.
At $150 from the Tracfone website, the Alcatel Icon Pop is the most expensive Tracfone yet. We expect it to be available from other retailers in the near future at discounted prices, so stay tuned as we will update this post.
We will also be doing a full review of the Alcatel smartphone in the near future.
The Alcatel will be great for those looking for a big phone, and looking to impress with a large screen. Although these days, 6" screens or bigger seems to be necessary.
Let us know what you're thinking about this phone, and if you have any questions about it.
Here is the Alcatel ontouch interactive tutorial to see how the phone works.
If you're hunting for a new phone, consider the Tracfone BYOP Phone List page where we have lots of information on bringing your own phone to Tracfone, including the Moto G and iPhone 4S!
Also be sure to check out our Android Phone List and Comparison where we have all the Android phones from Tracfone in one place for easy comparison.
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