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Alcatel Idol 4 Pro seems to be a beast of a Windows 10 phone; Android-based Idol 4 Mini also spotted

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Alcatel Idol 4 Pro seems to be a beast of a Windows 10 phone; Android-based Idol 4 Mini also spotted
That rumored Alcatel Idol 4 Pro is indeed coming soon, though Alcatel has yet to confirm its existence. According to Venture Beat, the Idol 4 Pro should be released sometime this year, alongside another new handset called Idol 4 Mini. While the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro is a Windows 10-based smartphone, the Idol 4 Mini will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

As previously reported, the Idol 4 Pro (pictured below) looks pretty much like the Alcatel Idol 4S (an Android Marshmallow handset announced last month), being built around a metal frame, and sporting a 5.5-inch AMOLED display. However, while the 5.5-inch screen of the Idol 4S is a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) one, the display of the Idol 4 Pro only has 1080 x 1920 pixels, just as expected - but that's probably better for battery life anyway.

Display aside, the Idol 4 Pro appears to be besting the Idol 4S in most other areas. Reportedly, the new Windows 10 phone is powered by Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 820 processor, further offering 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery. On the back, the Idol 4 Pro has a fingerprint scanner and a 21 MP camera, while on the front we can find an 8 MP camera with LED flash. The handset will support Microsoft Continuum, apparently being the second high-end Windows 10 smartphone of 2016 to do so, after the HP Elite x3. The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro might be released by T-Mobile in the US.

As for the Alcatel Idol 4 Mini (also pictured below), this sports a 5-inch 720p display, and should be powered by a MediaTek processor - either a quad-core MT6738, or an octa-core MT6750. Other features include a fingerprint scanner (embedded in the home button), 5 MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera, and a 2400 mAh battery. The handset could have multiple variants, with RAM from 1 GB to 3 GB, and internal memory from 8 GB to 32 GB.

We'll let you know more about Alcatel's two upcoming smartphones as soon as we gather new details.


source: Venture Beat

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posted on 18 Mar 2016, 21:14 8

1. zeeBomb (Posts: 1734; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Would a preferred it on an android

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 21:47 3

3. cripton805 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I know right? Smh. The thing is damn sexy.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 21:58

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 1734; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


The 820s there just for the beauty of the 20Mpx camera, due to the features it helps with.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 23:55

21. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Does 20MP matters? oOr still relevant?

Some OEMs (cough, Samsung) are proving otherwise.

20MP is just too much for a phone, unless it's in a 1/2" sensor size.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 00:22

25. zeeBomb (Posts: 1734; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


lol dunno. Ask Sony

For me, at least 12MP with a good micron size (at least 1.12 or higher) and at least f2.0 aperture is good in my books.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 06:57

38. jontaylor07 (Posts: 162; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)


The best phone camera currently in distribution has a 21MP camera, I think the pixels can be great for zoom and quality if they're used right.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:34 3

10. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Don't say that.. Alcatel needs a change, because they are not selling very well on the oversaturated Android market. It would look good, but if you think about it, it would be just another wanna-be Samsung or something, if it had Android on board.

The phone still might not sell, but it's worth the try

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 23:51 2

19. Adreno (banned) (Posts: 755; Member since: 12 Mar 2016)


Yeah, it's goo for OEMs to try out new opportunities, however small it might be.

Still waiting for a Samsung Windows phone, since the ATIV S!

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 10:25 1

31. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Used a Samsung ATIV S Neo for a while on the AT&T network- I really enjoyed it. A friend is using it on the Go Network now and likes it.

As for justrt point, there is no reason not to throw the dart at the Windows 10 board. Microsoft appears to be willing to continue improving the software, and the mobile version is looking real promising on tablets. If universal apps work well, a mid-summer release could show some profit if actual promotion comes with it.

It is the whole "little fish in big pond VS. big fish in little pond" argument all over again. The kind Windows Phone fans like me have been crossing our fingers over for years now.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 01:06

26. volcano (Posts: 329; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


get the idol 4s then its android

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 10:36

36. Jason78 (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


The android version is called the Alcatel Idol 4S

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 21:39 5

2. AnTuTu (Posts: 1575; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


That is one gorgeous phone.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:19 1

5. keithtae (Posts: 341; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


A copy of samsung and iphone again. Cheapskate chinese manufacturer for cheapskate to use

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:24 12

6. cripton805 (Posts: 1416; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


What part of it looks like an iPhone?

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:31 7

9. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Alcatel has pretty good designs for a smaller OEM and they don't make half copies of flagships form bigger OEMs like a lot of smaller OEMs tend to do.

The Alcatel idol 4 pro doesn't look like a Galaxy or an iPhone but it does look damn good.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:39 5

15. Vickytan (Posts: 13; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


Yes, it doesn't look like an iPhone, but that rectangular button/ fingerprint thing at the front certainly looks like a samsung copy.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 00:04

23. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Looks more like a Meizu home button or maybe its Samsung's home button that looks like a Meizu home button because the S5 didn't look like that but the MX4 that came out the same year did look like that.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 05:08

30. Cicero (Posts: 848; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


... and it is like Samsung GS4 (picture 3).

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 15:50

33. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I owned an S4 and I don't see it.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:35 3

11. joelcane (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


Agree on the samsung button. Not so much of other iphone. But yea. The home button there is clearly a samsung copy.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:37

12. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


You were right for he last few phones maybe (I don't really know what phones have you commented on). Not this one, tho!

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:37 2

13. joelcane (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


All chinese phones are cheap knockoffs anyway. But even xiaomi copies the samsung home button. These chinese copy cats just couldn't stop.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:40 1

16. Sovat_fc (Posts: 224; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)


keithae - You don't even know what you're talking about.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:54

18. dongarritas (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Mar 2016)


An uneducated comment(again), from an uneducated snob(again). Sorry not everyone's wallet is as fabulous as yours. And by the way where/who do you think makes the iPhone? And most of the components for all cellphones? You are correct only in that they are all slab form factors. Do a little research, sparky.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 06:59

39. jontaylor07 (Posts: 162; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)


So all generic home buttons look alike? Or all rectangular phones look alike? I mean since the iPhone most phone design has gotten more and more generic.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:26 1

7. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2237; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Make it a dual boot OS!!!

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:28 2

8. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I typed this big ass comment and then hit the back key, got sent back to PA's homepage so f**k it I'm DONE!!!!

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 22:39 1

14. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS (Posts: 176; Member since: 29 Sep 2015)


Glad is bot Android. The android market is getting so saturates its ridiculously hard to sell anything. Having both nexus 6p and 950xl I want to see windows 10 advance further. Windows 10 every where is the dream that only apple can copy.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 23:53

20. Doakie (Posts: 1855; Member since: 06 May 2009)


While I love Windows Phone as an option the app situation is totally broken. Android would have been the way to go.

Also this doesn't even come close to the bang for the buck of the Lumia 640! I just bought one from Walgreen's day before yesterday for $11.99!

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 07:01

40. jontaylor07 (Posts: 162; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)


Well it depends on how much bang you want. A SD400 just can't compete with an 820. And while the 640(I had one) is great, if you want great snaps or have high standards, you need better hardware than $12 will buy you.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 00:03

22. emmawilliam834 (Posts: 137; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)


it is still a testing device.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 00:18

24. TrevorB1 (Posts: 64; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


Such a sexy phone, yet not Android... I haven't really used a Windows phone, but from my little experience, I did not care for it much.. Whoever likes Windows phones, go, be happy with this beautiful phone and run majestically through the streets made of gold.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 02:33

27. Krjal (Posts: 225; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


Mini, 5". Choose one.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 03:33 1

28. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1514; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


USA Verizon Customers need a flagship Windows 10 mobile smart phone. Maybe Verizon will carry this for it's Verizon Windows smart phone fans?

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 05:02 1

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 9270; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm both amazed and amused at how many people think that this gorgeous handset would be better off with Android, like having your handset run Android means instant success. We all know that is NOT the case. Just ask Sony, HTC, LG, and Motorola. These OEM'S are Android stalwarts and they are either operating at a loss as far as smartphones go, or just breaking even. How about wanting some some CHOICE in the smartphone arena? It's what truly benefits the consumer. I, for one, am looking forward to handset, as well as the HP Elite X3. Two Windows phones beasts about to drop with all the bells and whistles.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 10:34 2

32. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Totally with you. I am not against Android- will grab a Moto X Pure if I have to. Pure Android is decent, and I like the Moto Maker. It is fun.

But those two beasts coming with W10 on it makes me giggle a bit. I would like a little more information on unlocked US Versions, but if my cute little low end WP holds up, I will give them a couple months to see what comes. I so prefer MS's OS, and I trust them to continue to improve and support their devices.

Which is another double standard from Android. So few Android OEMs update or support their smartphones when sold, especially on mid to low range phones. MS updated WP7 devices for over a year after WP8 came out with firmware support, and WP 8 devices all got WP 8.1. All WP devices that were released with 8.1 will get W10 at some point.

What we Windows users lose in Apps, we get advantages in other areas.

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 17:37

34. newuser1 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


release date ??

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 17:05

37. NocturnalEvil (Posts: 35; Member since: 11 Mar 2015)


I'm generally not very fond of such big phones with 5.5 inch display, but gosh this phone looks beautiful.
But given the choice between this phone and HP Elite X3, I'll definitely opt for HP because it has Bang and Olufsen sound system, it is IP67 certified dust and water resistant and MIL-STD 810G grade salt, fog, humidity, transport shock and thermal shock resistant. Of course it is bulkier but it has better build quality than this phone.

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