First Alcatel-branded Daydream-ready phone will arrive next year

Alcatel will launch its first Google Daydream VR-compatible smartphone in early 2017, and claims it will be among the firsts to do so.

Alcatel's global shipments of handsets and other products also crossed 27 million units in the first five months of 2016.

In a press release, Alcatel said that its engineers are working with Google to enhance user experience of Daydream VR and its next Daydream VR-ready smartphone, which will be available in the first half of next year, will feature an immersive audio experience, a better display and premium music, gaming and entertainment content. The company will also introduce hardware and content solutions to enrich the VR ecosystem, which means that the company may launch VR headsets or VR games of its own in the future to offer better user experience.

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Alcatel has also announced its sales figures for the first five months of 2016, including those of smartphones, smart devices and associated products. The company's sale of handsets and other products in the period reached 27,985,000 units in the first five months, registering a rise of 11 per cent compared to the first five months of 2015 when it sold 27,064,000 handsets and other products globally. However, the company's sales of smart devices went down by 14 per cent year-on-year as it sold just 14,597,000 units this year compared to 17,023,000 units in the first five months of 2015.

Alcatel recently launched its  first major consumer promotion drive in the UK following a period of rebranding in global markets. The move saw Alcatel offering free return tickets to any of nine European destinations if you choose to buy its new POP 4 smartphone. The offer will take effect from July 1 and the best part about the deal is that the POP 4 will retail at just £89.99, which means that the free goodies will be worth a lot more than what the phone will itself be worth.

Alcatel throws in free flight tickets with POP 4 phones

Speaking exclusively with Mobile Today, William Paterson, head of Alcatel UK said that the offer will be available to UK consumers for six weeks and that the company wants to get closer to consumers with new phones, deals and offerings. Patterson added that the company wants to reach out to consumers through its retail stores while it strives to increase its presence in the UK through significant online and digital reach campaigns.

As far as Daydream compatibility is concerned, Alcatel might be a little too late if it waits until the middle of next year to launch its first such smartphone. While Huawei has confirmed that it will launch a new phone later this year which will work with Google's recently-launched Daydream VR, other major phone makers like Samsung, HTC, LG, ASUS, Xiaomi and ZTE are also in the fray and may launch their Daydream VR-ready phones either at CES in Los Angeles in January of next year or at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in March.

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