Phones have been coming in various avatars. From the glossy plastic bodies to the elegant metal finish, we have seen it all. Metal finish is something we have been seeing on premium phones and this trend has also trickled into the mid range devices in the recent past. Apart from Metal finish, OnePlus One came with a roughed up Sandstone finish, Motorola offered a Bamboo finished back panel in its Moto Maker program and LG offered leather back on its G4.


The idea of creating something different and unique seems to have driven Alcatel to come up with a smartphone that is clad in a completely different material as opposed to the current crop of smartphones and this makes the Alcatel Pop Star, the first phone to come with a swappable denim back cover.

The phone has a punk feel to it and the stitched denim does make it stand out of the crowd. Pop Star blends very well with your denims and Alcatel also lets you pick up from a handful of backpanels including the bare basic plastic black to the leather back and also the aforementioned denim.

The Pop Star doesn’t come with eye popping specs though, it is equipped with a 5-inch 720p display, quad-core processor, 8-Megapixel camera, 8GB of onboard storage, a paltry 1GB of RAM and runs on Android Lollipop. The Alcatel PopStar comes with denim themes that add an extra dash of personalisation and blend with the phone.

If you are let down by the moderately specced hardware in the Pop Star, Alcatel will be announcing another powerful phone today called the Pop Up. The Pop Up comes powered by a octa-core chipset, bumped up 2GB RAM and a 13-Megapixel camera unit. It seems that Alcatel has found it unnecessary to upgrade the display and the battery thus the Pop Up comes with the same 720p display and 2000mAh battery pack from the Pop Star. That being said, the Pop Up comes with a lesser customisation offers as opposed to the Pop Star. Both the devices come with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB. The company is yet to reveal the pricing and the avialability of both the devices.

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Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. Also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and the non-edible silicon chips.