The CES 2013 has new gadgets and phones coming thick and fast and as is tradition at these events as each manufacturer competes to give us something unique. One of the most coveted titles in the smartphone world is for the thinnest phone and this year’s surprise contender is Alcatel.
Known more for budget phones than slim smartphones it looks like Alcatel want to follow in Huawei's footsteps and move away from their modest offerings and step up with something more. The Alcatel Idol Ultra certainly has the looks and at 6.45mm thin it can take the thinnest smartphone trophy (probably until someone beats it at MWC or even earlier).
The specifications put the phone in the decent mid-range with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and a large bright 4.7-inch HD OLED screen. The phone will be packing the Android Jelly Bean OS and the camera package sees an 8-megapixel snapper on the back and a 1.2-megapixel front camera for video chatting.
Alcatel were proudly showing off their latest phone but didn't really confirm when it will be hitting the shops other than to say that sales will begin in China. With a history of budget phones it will be interesting to see if the Idol Ultra will have a lower price tag than other similar models, if so it may just tempt a few users to choose it above the other more dominant mobile brands.