Mobile World Congress may have a reputation as a phone show, but HP used the event to launch an updated version of its 12 inch Windows tablet for business. And Chinese device maker TCL is launching a new 11.6 inch Windows tablet.

The Alcatel Plus 12 is a 2-in-1 tablet with a full HD display, a detachable keyboard with 4G LTE support.

The tablet features an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM and at least 32GB of EMMC storage and features a microSD card slot for removable storage.

There’s a 26.8 Wh/6900 mAh battery in the tablet, and support for 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2. And the tablet features a USB Type-C port, a fingerprint sensor, and a micro HDMI port and dual speakers.

As for the 4G LTE support? That’s built into the keyboard.

The Alcatel Plus 12 comes with a detachable keyboard that features an LTE modem that not only lets the tablet get online when there’s no WiFi handy, but which also serves as a hotspot for connecting up to 15 devices to the internet.

The keyboard features a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor, 128MB of RAM, 256MB of storage, and a 2,580 mAh battery, and it connects to the tablet via a 7-pin connector. There’s also a full-sized USB port in the keyboard base.

Alcatel’s press kit also shows a pen and mentions support for Windows Ink features, but there’s no mention of the technology that pen uses.

The Alcatel Plus 12 tablet measures 0.3 inches thick, or about 0.6 inches with the keyboard. It weighs about 2.2 pounds.

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16 replies on “Alcatel Plus 12 is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet with 4G”

  1. What is that?How can it ran windows 10 and have an arm processor?Did windows hardware virtualization happen too fast?Edit: Oh nvm,it’s the keyboard that has it.

    1. I had the same reaction the first time I read the press release 🙂

      1. Do we know how much the battery will last ?I’m guessing the keyboard provides some extra juice.We need video reviews and we need them fast 🙂

  2. This actually looks nice. Been looking for a surface 3 (the intel atom one) replacement

  3. And one more thing Brad!
    A Detachable-Keyboard, is solid kb with moving mechanism, that can be attached to tablet and fuctions as laptop. Than you have two more.
    2nd is Fixed-Keyboard, no moving parts and it acts as a solid stand for tablet.
    3rd is a Cover-Keyboard, that is connected to the tablet and if you have a table it can function as soft stand.
    I think this are very important difference. Because only 1st can give laptop and tablet experience.

    1. I think your categories are spot on. I would add the 360 degree convertibles into the 1st category too – as they effectively convert into a (heavier) tablet AND a real laptop. I only consider categories one and two. Greatly dislike the 3rd category as it’s basically just a tablet plus flimsy (DIY) laptop.

  4. Brad, you should write an artical WHAT IS 2in1 tablet. For me, that means, that you can use device as tablet or laptop. But we all know what laptop is?
    This “2in1” whit stand are just not 2in1. I can buy some Galaxy tablet and a stand with keyboard and it is the same thing they re branding as 2in1.
    Not ready to let that happen, those stands are useless compared to real keyboard with battery (this alcatel has fix-keyboard).
    Please stop backing those manufacturers ideas “tablet+stand=2in1”, please!

    1. NOT USELESS. They are really useful 2-in-1s. There is no clear explanation about 2-in-1. Some are tablets, some of them are laptops.

      1. 2in1 means tablet mode and laptop mode. Tablet with a stand is still a tablet, no laptop. There is no 2in1 here (and in many other cases)

        1. Yeah, I have a rule of thumb that I use “2-in-1” to refer to anything with a detachable keyboard and “convertible” for anything with a built-in keyboard and a hinge that lets you tuck it away when it’s not in use.

          But that distinction isn’t the same one used by some other folks in the industry… and it might not be as useful today as it was when I started. Because some 2-in-1s have hard keyboard bases that make them work just as well as laptops (on your lap) as they do as tablets. Others have kickstands and keyboard covers which work fine on a tabletop, but which are a bit less useful on your lap. And some have these weird keyboard bases that hold the tablet firmly in place… in a single position, and don’t let you change the angle.

          So really, we need at least 18 names for all the different categories.

          1. I agree with sportniik’s categories. Hinge, flaps, kickstands are basically the same thing. They all fall into the 3rd category. Anyway, I understand why you need to use the marketing names but… the users on this site are far more sophisticated and these marketing names are really an insult to us.

    2. I have Plus 10, I think it is the previous version of Plus 12.
      Laptop mode means it has full version of Windows 10 on it. I can use softwares like on a desktop or full Laptop.

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