ALCATEL ONETOUCH Launches Three New Mobile Devices In Canada At TELUS And Koodo

Just in time for back-to-school, ALCATEL ONETOUCH launches the IDOL X+ and POP Icon smartphones along with the POP 8 tablet in Canada

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ALCATEL ONETOUCH today announced a brand new lineup of mobile devices coming to Canada just in time for back-to-school. Headlining the new device line-up is the North American debut of the first true octa-core powered smartphone, the IDOL X+ available beginning tomorrow, August 20th at TELUS and Koodo. In addition, ALCATEL ONETOUCH's newest tablet, the POP 8 will be available starting tomorrow only at TELUS. These devices follow the first ALCATEL ONETOUCH smartphone launched with TELUS last week, the POP Icon, which is currently available with TELUS Prepaid and Koodo. All three devices include a robust two-year manufacturer warranty in addition to TELUS' device protection options, TELUS Device Care and Device Care Premium.

"We're excited to expand our footprint in North America through this new partnership with TELUS and Koodo," said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. "Through partnerships like these we continue to gain traction with consumers, which align with our commitment to offer premium designs and easy-to-use features across all our devices, complimented by affordability for our customers."

Combining innovation with affordability, the IDOL X+ will start at just $0 a month with on a two-year term with a minimum $45 monthly plan or $350 outright at TELUS. As the first smartphone in North America powered by true octa-core technology, the IDOL X+ features a 2.0GHz octa-core chipset from MediaTek, which enables the device to utilize all eight cores to run simultaneously; offering the ultimate combination of performance and power-efficiency for enhanced multi-tasking and more hours to enjoy movies, music and gaming.  

Key features of the IDOL X+ include:

  • 5-inch Full HD IPS 1920x1080, 440 PPI capacitive touch display
  • 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek processor
  • 13MP rear camera with auto-focus, LED flash, 4x digital zoom and EIS video stabilization
  • Ultra-slim, lightweight design, weighing only 130g
  • 2500mAh battery for up to 16 hours of talk time and up to 600 hours of standby time
  • 2GB RAM / 16GB of storage (Expandable to 32GB via MicroSD)
  • Android 4.4 KitKat operating system

The POP 8 is a wallet-friendly, spacious 8-inch tablet available for $0 with TELUS' Easy Tablet program or $240 outright. Featuring an efficient 1.3GHz quad-core processor, the POP 8 is designed to be a sleek and lightweight tablet for easy portability to stay connected on the go. The Android tablet is powered by a 4060mAh battery, making it great for extended movie watching and gaming.

Key features of the POP 8 include:

  • 8-inch IPS 1280x800 16M color capacitive touch display
  • Quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor
  • 4060mAh battery for up to 3.5 hours of gaming, 5.5 hours of video playback and 350 hours of standby time
  • 1GB RAM / 4GB of storage (Expandable to 64GB via MicroSD)
  • 2MP main camera with additional front facing camera
  • Lightweight, thin design, weighing 325g

The POP Icon offers a value-focused smartphone priced at $150 with TELUS Prepaid. Running Android 4.4 KitKat, the POP Icon has 5-inch qHD IPS 960x540 pixel display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor. The device also comes with a 5MP auto-focus main camera with LED flash and digital zoom, a VGA front camera, and packs a 2000mAh battery capable of up to 8 hours of talk time and 660 hours of standby time. Internally, the POP Icon has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage, which can be expanded up to 32GB via MicroSD.

"Part of our 'Customers First' commitment is offering our customers a diverse line-up of the latest devices at various price-points that suit their unique needs," said Kevin Banderk, vice-president, Mobility Solutions at TELUS. "The IDOL X+ and POP Icon smartphones and POP 8 tablet are the first smart devices from ALCATEL ONETOUCH to be offered by TELUS. Paired with TELUS' value-add programs like Easy Tablet and Device Care, the devices' quality hardware and software and incredibly affordable prices, make them the perfect companion for anyone."

For more information on the ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+, POP 8 and POP Icon, please visit: or More information on the IDOL X+ and POP Icon for Koodo can also be found at

ALCATEL ONETOUCH is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. One of the fastest growing of the world's top ten mobile phone manufacturers, TCL Communication makes access to mobile technology simple, designing their products around individual's lifestyles, enabling the end users to do more. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.

For 20 years now, the ALCATEL brand has brought consistent innovation and quality in mobile telephony to the widest audience. The ONETOUCH smartphone product line is leveraging on that expertise bringing unique products, priced to be accessible to all. For more information, please visit

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About TELUS 
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $11.7 billion of annual revenue and 13.4 million customer connections, including 7.9 million wireless subscribers, 3.2 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 865,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $350 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit

About Koodo
Koodo Mobile is the smart and affordable Canadian mobile alternative. Launched in 2008, Koodo led a mobility revolution across Canada, with a simple and transparent approach to mobile service -- they were the first to eliminate Activation and System Access Fees and the first to offer Canadians affordable and flexible data from $5/month. Koodo also introduced the world to the revolutionary Tab™. Often imitated but never duplicated, the Tab is an alternative to fixed-term contracts that allows customers to put up to $500 of a phone's price on their Tab.

This innovative approach to affordable mobility has helped Koodo win multiple awards, including being named the 2010 Strategy Brand of the Year - the youngest brand to win this title - and most recently, Koodo was ranked highest in customer satisfaction among standalone cell phone carriers in the J.D Power and Associates 2012, 2013 & 2014 Canadian Wireless Total Ownership Experience Study™.

Find more information about Koodo at

ALCATEL is a trademark of Alcatel-Lucent used under license by TCT Mobile Limited. ONETOUCH, Idol™, POP™ and  POP Icon™  are trademarks of TCT Mobile Limited. Copyright ©2014 TCT Mobile Limited. All rights reserved.

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For further information: Jason Gerdon, ALCATEL ONETOUCH, Phone: +1.949.245.9913, Email:; Ryan Bazeley, TELUS Social and Media Relations, Phone: +1.416.738.6063, Email:

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