avatarby Jonathan FeistFebruary 28, 20170 comments

It’s not every day we get to introduce a ground-breaking, high-performance Windows two-in-one tablet, and today is, again, not one of those days. At MWC 2017, Alcatel has introduced their new Plus 12 Windows tablet with detachable keyboard – but is it better than its spec sheet?

With specs that do not compare well to top-end units on the market today, a second glance reveals a few things to be impressed with. Let’s check out the Alcatel Plus 12.

Alcatel has created a decent looking device in the new Plus 12. It is not a sleek and slim contender, but it has a classic looking metal finish and sturdy look that we can’t fault it for. The detachable keyboard is more like a keyboard dock than anything, again, that may not be a bad thing, depending on your needs.

The tablet has a touch-enabled 11.6-inch IPS display at 1920×1080 resolution. Compared to Android tablets or the iPad that is a low resolution, but comparing to similar sized laptops, a Full HD touch panel is a decent inclusion.

Around the edges are a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, micro HDMI and a microSD card reader. The keyboard adds a full size USB port and a SIM slot.

That’s right, this is an LTE enabled 2-in-1 Windows 10 powered tablet.

Finishing off the spec list is a fingerprint scanner, support for a smart stylus, an Intel Celeron N3350 processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 5MP camera and some nearly confusing storage options. 64GB of internal storage is made up of 32GB eMMC plus an embedded 32GB microSD card. There is support for a 128GB eMMC option.

The keyboard is beyond a basic typing accessory with touchpad, it houses the SIM card, a Qualcomm chipset along with some RAM and internal storage of its own (128MB RAM, 256MB flash.)

Powering the unit are two batteries, a 6900mAh cell in the tablet and an additional 2580mAh in the keyboard.

We went into this device with the Surface Pro 4 in mind – there is no question that the new Alcatel Plus 12 fails to keep up to the high-end models. However, it is right in the ballpark for low cost machines out there. We do not have pricing or availability as yet, but if this lands with a price tag comparable to a mid-range Chromebook, the Plus 12 could be a good option.

Be sure to stay tuned for more great coverage of laptops, tablets and more from MWC 2017.