I can still remember the time when Alcatel released a basic mobile phone designed for SMS and voice calls back in 2001. It was even bundled with a Talk N Text SIM and it was even promoted by the then famous local boy group Whattamen composed of Dominic Ochoa, Marvin Agustin, and the late Rico Yan. That Alcatel phone back then looked (or was shaped) like a bar soap (Safeguard, specifically) and did not really attract a big market because of the influx of Nokia phones which were better by a mile.

Now, Alcatel is back and is now enjoying a good following with its entry-level smartphones. One of these phones is the Alcatel OT-985N Blaze.

With a suggested retail price (SRP) of Php7,999.00, Alcatel OT-985N Blaze is an affordable Gingerbread-powered device in the dual-sim genre.

Here are some of its specs and features:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 650 MHz Media Tek MT6573 processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 512MB ROM (150MB accessible memory)
  • 3.5” 320×480 capacitive touch screen
  • Dual-SIM, Dual-standby
  • 5MP rear camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 3G+HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Bluetooth 3.0, A2DP
  • Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • FM Radio with RDS
  • A-GPS, G-Sensor
  • 1300 mAh battery
  • 61.84 x 116 x 12.15 mm
  • 136 grams