Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Cell Phone Review: Blaze Duo - an affordable dual-SIM Android by Alcatel (tech, news, update, David Lim, Auckland)

We don't hear Alcatel's name that much often anymore, but they're still around and they have nice entry-level Android offerings, like the new Alcatel Blaze Duo OT-918N. As the name suggests, it's a dual-SIM, dual-standby device.

The phone has a twin - the OT-918D. They differ in 3G frequencies (and the regions they'll be available in). The OT-918N uses 850MHz/2100MHz for its 3G connectivity, while the D version uses 900MHz/2100MHz instead. The 2G connectivity is quad-band.

Other than that, they share the same specs. Don't expect much of them though, they are really low-level entries - they run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 650MHz processor with 256MB RAM, the screen is a 3.2" LCD with HVGA resolution, and there's also a 3MP camera, A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS to complete the tally.

The Alcatel Blaze Duo phones pack two SIM cards in an interesting way - they both go in the same slot, just the first one goes face down and the second one goes face up. They are regular SIM cards (not microSIMs).

The Blaze Duo OT-918N is available right now in the Philippines 6000 Philippine pesos (about $140/€105). The 918D is available in Australia for $179. Note that those two are probably available elsewhere too, but there's no complete information on availability - if you find either of them somewhere else, drop us a line in the comments. Also, there's a single-SIM version of the phone called just OT-918, so make sure you're looking at the right version.

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