Alcatel Plus 12 Tablet: A more affordable option for Microsoft Surface. Geared up for release in Europe

Posted by B. Johnson
March 8, 2017 | 0 comments
Alcatel Plus 12 tablet
If you're on the street looking for a Windows 10 tablet that doesn't dig deeper into your pocket, then you might want to check out what Alcatel just unveiled recently at MWC 2017. It's a hybrid tablet called Alcatel Plus 12.

Just like any Windows 10 hybrid tablets out there (including the recently-revealed Samsung Galaxy Book 10 & 12 tablets), this Alcatel Plus 12 tablet also bears the same design concept.

So it is a regular tablet and it's running on Windows 10 OS. It comes with a keyboard case which is detachable magnetically with the tablet.

Alcatel Plus 12 tablet
Of course, as a more affordable option, Alcatel Plus 12 tablet is probably not on par with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Book 12 when it comes to performance, let alone Microsoft Surface Pro tablets. But for doing basic productivity-related tasks, we are more than sure this Alcatel Plus 12 tablet is perfectly capable to accommodate almost all of your needs. 

Hardware specs

This year's Alcatel Plus 12 tablet actually brings a much better specs sheet than the predecessor (Alcatel Plus 10 tablet).

Its display for example, is now 12-inches and it comes with full HD 1920x1080 pixels resolution, which is a much improvement over last year's model that came with a smaller 10-inch screen and lower 720p resolution.

In terms of performance, Alcatel Plus 12 tablet is also not too shabby at all as a Windows 10 device. So it comes with 1GHz dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 "Apollo Lake" processor, accompanied with 4GB of LPDDR2 RAM. Unfortunately, there's no information about what graphics card that Alcatel is cramming inside this tablet.

There's 32GB eMMC SSD internal storage to store all of your files and media contents, but the good thing is, this tablet is expandable through its microSD slot for up to 32GB.

Its storage may not be as huge as other Windows 10 offerings on the market. But with total 64GB of storage, it's actually still good enough to keep many of your contents alive on this device.

For gaming, we totally don't recommend this tablet for you, especially if you happen to be a hardcore PC gamer. But for playing some older PC games, we are confidence that its Intel dual-core Celeron processor will perform well without a problem, especially knowing that this tablet is equipped with a pretty huge 4GB of RAM.

On the sector of battery, Alcatel Plus 12 comes with a 6900mAh power battery. But interestingly, the separate keyboard case also comes with its own 2580mAh battery. So when both are attached, you'll get a much longer battery life from this device.

And this is definitely important given that Alcatel Plus 12 is a productivity-focused tablet running on Windows 10 OS, which requires a lot of power to operate (compared to Android OS that is more light weight). So it's good to hear that Alcatel Plus 12 is well-equipped for that!

Design

In terms of design, Alcatel Plus 12 actually looks much better and more professional than last year's model. So the rear chassis comes with a metallic finish all over it, making it look and feel premium.

And then, the detachable keyboard case also have really strong magnets on its ports. So when attached to the tablet, it will require some power to detach the tablet from the keyboard. And this is good because it makes sure that this device will be steady when used for doing productivity tasks like typing or taking notes with the stylus while in laptop mode.

The keyboard case is also assigned as the base for LTE hotspot. So if you happen to have a really speedy internet connection and you want to share it to a group of people, yes, you can do that as this keyboard allows you to connect to 15 other devices.

Alcatel Plus 12 is equipped with Hello-compatible fingerprint scanner right in the power button and it also supports N-Trig powered digitizer pen (stylus) with Windows Ink.

And we already know how great N-Trig really is as we've seen this stylus technology on many devices from Microsoft Surface tablets, HP Slate7 Extreme to Nvidia Shield Tablet. So if you love doing something creative with the stylus, like creating sketches or drawing paintings, then you're in the right hands if you pick Alcatel Plus 12 tablet.

Release date and pricing?

Unfortunately, Alcatel is still tight-lipped regarding the release date and pricing for this tablet. But given that the last year's Alcatel Plus 10 only cost €349, then we're pretty much sure that this new-gen Alcatel Plus 12 will likely be priced around that price range or probably, a slightly more expensive. But definitely not as expensive as Samsung Galaxy Book 12 tablet. 

About Alcatel products and their qualities

Anyway, if you are not so familiar with Alcatel and its products, this France-based company actually used to be one of the pioneers in cell phone industry alongside Motorola, Ericsson and Nokia.

And the quality of Alcatel smartphones and tablets are actually not that bad. In fact, we've already had experiences with 2 of Alcatel smartphones - Alcatel Flash Plus and Flash 2 and THEY DON'T SUCK.

For your information, one of Alcatel smartphones - Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 - actually got a great review from TheVerge on YouTube, calling this phone as the BEST smartphone in low price range in the US around 2 years ago ($250).

So if you're planning to buy Alcatel Plus 12 tablet in the near future or other Alcatel products, then you don't need to worry at all as Alcatel devices are great in quality, despite their low price points than other competitors.
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