The Mobile World Congress is proceeding as expected in the lovely city of Barcelona; a whole bunch of companies are refreshing their mobile offerings. Alcatel’s Plus 12, is a successor to the Plus 10 it introduced at MWC 2016.
Alcatel has increased the screen size from 10-inches to 12.6-inches. Besides the obvious size difference, it is indistinguishable from last year’s Plus 10. That’s on the outside, though. On the inside, there’s a lot new.
The 12.6-inch display runs at the standard FullHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, powered by an Intel Celeron N3350 “Apollo Lake” CPU clocked at 1.0Ghz and 4 GB of RAM. It’s certainly nothing high-end, but just enough to get the job done.
It comes with Windows 10 Home, but Alcatel has included a measly 32 GB eMMC SSD. That’s not enough, and certainly not enough with Windows 10 installed. Alcatel does include a 32 GB microSD card with the device, but it’s a mere band-aid rather than a fix. A microSD card, of course, would lack performance and won’t be very reliable for daily use.
There’s also a Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint sensor embedded within the power button of the tablet, as well as a front-facing 5-megapixel camera.
Powering all of this is a 6900mAh battery packed within the tablet. But, there’s more.
The Plus 12 is a convertible with a detachable keyboard, but the keyboard holds some crucial features.
The most common one, of course, is a battery that extends the battery life of the tablet. The keyboard comes with an internal 2580mAh battery.
However, that battery doesn’t just charge the tablet-halve of the device – it also powers the LTE radio embedded within the keyboard.
The decision to include an LTE radio within the keyboard rather than the tablet is an odd one, but it is perhaps a compromise due to lack of space in the tablet.
The keyboard base attaches to the tablet via the magic of magnets, allowing you to use the base and tablet as a laptop – without a stand, unlike the more popular Microsoft Surface Pro devices or the device HP showed off just yesterday.
Alcatel isn’t quite ready yet to share the pricing and launch dates for the Plus 12. Considering that last year’s Plus 10 was a budget device; Plus 12 seems to be following its footsteps.
The Plus 12 have some really good things going for it – 4 GB of RAM is rare to find in a budget device, and the inclusion of LTE is unique by itself. However, the lack of storage space is concerning.
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