Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ hands-on
Aside from the new silicon, this flagship shares close specifications with other class leaders in nearly every other respect. After looking through the spec sheet it seems the Idol X+ has it all, except for LTE connectivity.
The user interface, known as One Touch, for the Idol X+ does not bring any major new features, but some elements within certain Alcatel user experience apps are new, like settings and features for the camera. Underneath the presentation lies Android 4.2.2.
Processor and Memory
The engine running the show for the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ is the new MediaTek MT6592 octa-core CPU. Tuned to 2GHz, the Idol X+ has eight full sized cores to take care of business. We did not get enough time to try and bog things down, but it is something we would like to try.
The Idol X+ will have two variants, a 16GB model and a 32GB model, each without any microSD card expansion options. The Idol X+ will also come in a single SIM and dual-SIM versions, accommodating those that have found the balance between plans and carriers.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ is equipped with a 13MP camera. It is supported with digital image stabilization and an LED flash. 1080p HD video recording is part of the package. The settings of the camera allow for a wide array of manual adjustments and users now have the ability to take panoramic photo collages.
Alcatel has been able to strike a good balance between performance and cost with previous device offerings. The Idol X+’s predecessor, the One Touch Idol X was available unlocked for only $350. Pricing for the Idol X+ has not been announced, but it looks like it is on track to begin shipping in February.
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5200; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
It's not a bad phone, but it lacks LTE and it's running Android 4.2. I don't trust Alcatel on their updates, they don't really update their phones. That being said, I like the UI, looks simple and clean. Not a bad phone, but should've been better.
2. fireblade (Posts: 660; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Nice phone. $350 is a sweet spot. I hope the battery can last in 1 day with those many cores.