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Renders of TCL View S606 Windows Phone released, heading to China

TCL View 606

The TCL View S606, Alcatel One Touch View's brother-in-arms

TCL is expecting to launch a new Windows Phone 7.8 handset in China, branded the View S606. This Windows Phone looks to be a Chinese version of the Alcatel One Touch View, which we reported on yesterday after images were published by the official Alcatel Russia Twitter account. Alcatel Mobile is a joint venture by both Alcatel and TCL China, thus the same handset will launch in both markets (and potentially beyond).

Expected pricing of the Alcatel Windows Phone in Russia is 7990 rubles (approx. £160 / $256), and while we've only seen the handset in one colour, the TCL View S606 will be available in Sapphire Blue and a unique Dutch Orange - we expect a similar price tag for the Chinese offering.

To recap on specifications of the Alcatel One Touch View, we're looking at single-core Qualcomm MSM7227A chip - 1 GHz, 512 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. A 4" display, 1500mAh battery, and a 5MP camera (with VGA FFC) are also included. Dimensions come in at 124.2 x 64.2 x 10.75 mm.

Unfortunately, as mentioned above, pricing and dates of availability remain unknown. Both Windows phones should prove to be a hit in the targeted markets, Nokia will have further internal competition for low-end Windows Phone marketshare.

via: LiveSide

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TCL? The company that makes TVs?

schlubadub says:

Looks like it... Just like Sony, Samsung, LG etc

Jf.Vigor says:

very attractive honestly

NXH says:

It definitely looks better that Lumia 810 which seems to be my only option as a TMo client.
 

pate.axit says:

8x is better chose instead of 810

Glim12808 says:

You of course realize the 810 is WP8 while the Alcatel is just WP7.8? And that the 810 is dual core while the Alcatel is just single-core?

IsTrooper2 says:

Im pretty sure they are talking from a design aspect

bb_gonzo says:

+1 
those look quite nice honestly

machina says:

totally! I really like the design, very retro!!

inteller says:

the only news about this is that Chinese are going to scoop up the low end market Nokia was shooting for.  You can't compete with rubbish and Nokia should just aim for the middle to high end phones.

Bushybro says:

Grow WP, GROWWWWW!!!

aubreyq says:

Own it! LMAO!

jdep1 says:

Sd card slot?

Munkeyphyst says:

I'm guessing no card slot. As it's awkwardly implemented in 7.x

power5 says:

Says it runs 7.8 but has the gutter in the images? If 7.8 keeps the gutter, I may just not upgrade to a 8.0 device.

Munkeyphyst says:

That render is showing 7.5. 7.8 will have resizable tiles and no gutter. You could just not upgrade from 7.5 if the gutter is that important to you.

schlubadub says:

What's your solution for a WP8 purchase?

jdep1 says:

His solution could be another OS

Munkeyphyst says:

Get one of the smaller screened phones and tape a black pencil to the side? If you want a gutter, get a 900. They're a great phone that's pretty cheap right now and don't upgrade it to 7.8. WP7.8 & WP8 don't/won't have a gutter. If your car doesn't have air bags and you don't want air bags, don't buy a new car. Derp.

I think power5 is saying that he DOESN'T want the gutter in 7.8 and later WP versions.
It's either a render or Alcatel and TCL were just testing and showing it running 7.5 for now.  7.8 is probably not finished (as I'm sure MS is concentrating on 8 until it's released) so with 7.5 they can show it off all they want as there are no secrets to hide.
 

schlubadub says:

Lol :P At first I loved the no-gutter on WP8, but when I tried the W Phone 8 app I realised how ridiculously huge the medium-square tiles become... You also lose one row of tiles. Switching them all to small icons helps a bit, but you lose all the live-tile goodness and a screen that looks like android/ios. I would like an option to turn the gutter on/off really.

schlubadub says:

*on my 4.3" screen. It would be even worse on the 4.5" & 4.8" models......

jcagga says:

TCL, TLC ANYONE?? Don't go chasing waterfall lol

That's actually a really sharp looking device.

Munkeyphyst says:

Agreed. I like the looks of it. Too bad it's hamstrung with low level 1st Gen hardware and OS :(

xprc says:

introuducing the very first windows phone that doesn't have logo on front.
i hope it comes with nokia apps

Nakazul says:

WOW, i could go for that orange one by pure looking at it, but the specs aren't there so I would pass on a offering.

rth314 says:

Why do Chinese phones have a Music tile with the Nokia Music icon?

Because the people in the marketing department photoshopped the screenshot from a Nokia device onto a pic of the Alcatel device.  

Wait.... a WP running 7.8 that is built AND priced for the emerging markets that has more than 256mb of RAM?!?  How is this possible??? Can someone inform Nokia that this is possible!?!?
But seriously, this is priced rather high.  It has similar specs to my Nokia Lumia 710 but is probably lower quality while selling for $50-$100 more?  This Alcatel/TCl phone is overpriced, especially if Nokia can sell a similar 710 for the same price or a 510 for noticeably less.
 
 

Glim12808 says:

Yes, the 710 is 1.5GHZ while the Alcatel is only 1GHZ but has a front facing camera which appeals to a segment of the market who do video calling. Now whether the USD50 price difference between the two can be offset by the FFC in the Alcatel remains to be seen.

Conasca says:

Lumia 810 and 822 are the abomination WP8 devices. This concept is already miles ahead in design.

dormamu says:

I will keep a close eye on ebay for the dutch-orange one.... Me like :)