Alcatel 903 offering Android 2.3 on a 2.8" display

We thought we’d seen the last of smartphones with tiny 2.8″ displays, but the super-small sector has just been resurrected by budget phone maker Alcatel. The company’s One Touch 903 is due in September, when you’ll be able to party like it’s quite a long time ago in mobile terms with its 2.8″ display running at 240×320 resolution and Android 2.3 operating system.

The One Touch 903 is being listed by Carphone Warehouse, which says it’ll arrive some time during September. Here it is. Get a load of those buttons:


Having had a little look around for more tech specs, the One Touch 903 appears to come with a 2megapixel camera plus a physical shutter button, and you can’t really complain about that given it’s likely to cost around £40 off contract.

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  1. MetalMickey

     /  August 19, 2012

    Can’t complain?
    This is the kind of crap that gives Android a bad name, I understand that Android devices offer a large selection for every budget but anyone buying this crap will have a terrible experience especially if it is their first foray into the android world. The screen will be shocking & it will run like an old dog with 3 legs. I bet companies like Apple love stuff like this as it puts people off trying some of the better Android devices & sends them running into their arms instead.

    • anon

       /  August 20, 2012

      i doubt any1 buying a 40$ phone can even consider let alone afford an iphone, so no they won’t be running to Apple.

    • Actually , I’ve just been into a Carphone Warehouse, and picked one of these up. It felt pretty good actually, a rather well-built feel to it.

      You don’t really sound like you’re much more than an iPhone android, and sufficently affluent, and dumb, to just slurp down anything that Apple pours down your throat.

      imo, Alcatel do a great job at the budget end of the market. Xpect you’re not reading this right now…, you’ll be off salivating over the dead-end marketing hype of the iPhone 5.

      There is a reason why Apple enjoys profit margins of 30+% on the iPhone. It’s because the buyers are stupid.

  2. megabeetle

     /  August 21, 2012

    Wouldn’t this be handy as a secondary device for use as a dedicated tetherer for a tablet? Chuck it in the manbag then swap out your SIM into it. Perfect for some Nexus 7-ing on a train journey.

  3. Neil

     /  August 21, 2012

    @metalmikey/anon: I know people like that. When they eventually do get enough money to afford a premium phone they just assume all Android phones are like their e.g. Pulse Mini and go straight for the iPhone without even looking.

    Megabeetle: why swap the SIM, just tether to the phone your SIM was in in the first place? If you’re suggesting that the spare phone will save your main phone’s battery then better to spend the £40 on a portable USB charger thing. I reckon I could get 7 full phone charges out of mine.

  4. megabeetle

     /  August 22, 2012

    @Neil – Which one do you have? This one is 12,000 mAh for £36, yet someone claims that it wont charge a UK blackberry. Perhaps the S2 would have the same problem? -