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Alcatel may announce a modular smartphone at MWC

These images of what people are calling the Idol 5's rear cover offer a few clues. (Source: Tech2)
These images of what people are calling the Idol 5's rear cover offer a few clues. (Source: Tech2)
One of the phones expected to release at MWC is the Idol 5, which sources say will be modular. The bold design move is certain to stand out from the competition, though modular smartphones have yet to prove widely popular.

While some smartphone makers are less interested in making bold launch announcements at MWC, others are preparing a substantial release lineup that shows a willingness to take risks. First we learned that Sony has at least five new devices in the works that will be showcased at MWC, and now it has been revealed that Alcatel has five new handsets of its to present.

From the little information available about the phones being launched by Alcatel, we know that one of these smartphones is expected to be modular. Users will be able to buy a variety of back covers that will hopefully enhance the phone’s functionality in a meaningful way. Although it’s certainly an interesting idea, other smartphone makers have attempted modular designs in the past such as the LG G5 & Friends and Motorola’s Moto Mods. Neither phone seems to have really gotten a lot of traction, but perhaps Alcatel has learned from those mistakes.

The exact modules for the Alcatel smartphone are unknown, along with most of the specs. Sources say the device, which may be the successor to the Alcatel Idol 4S, will use a MediaTek chipset with an octa-core processor (the X10, perhaps?). Alcatel is expected to provide more details at their press conference on February 26.

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Tech2 (Hungarian)

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Isaac Brown, 2017-01-28 (Update: 2017-01-28)
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