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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S specs leaked in full by the manufacturer

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S specs leaked in full by the manufacturer
The hardware specifications of two upcoming Alcatel smartphones, the OneTouch Idol 4 and the One Touch Idol 4S, have been leaked by none other than the manufacturer itself. 

Last year, Alcatel surprised a lot of people by launching two mid-range smartphones that were actually pretty good at their price point. As you'll notice by heading over to our Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 (4.7) review and OneTouch Idol 3 (5.5) review, we found the phones to offer great value-for-money ratios.

A few hours ago, it was discovered that Alcatel's official website is hosting support pages for the 2016 revamps of the two previously mentioned smartphones. 

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4


Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S specs leaked in full by the manufacturer

The smaller of the two upcoming Alcatel smartphones will be called the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4. Unlike its predecessor, which featured a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, the OneTouch Idol 4 will come with a 5.2-inch display running at a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels. 

On the inside, the entry-level Snapdragon 410 chipset was replaced by the newer and more powerful Snapdragon 617 SoC, a chip that comes with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz and four additional A53 cores clocked at 1.2GHz. The SoC will be paired with either 2 or 3GB of RAM, depending on the version, and should offer significantly more processing power than what was available on the OneTouch Idol 3 (4.7). 

Other specs for the OneTouch Idol 4 include a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP secondary shooter, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 2160mAh battery. 

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S


Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S specs leaked in full by the manufacturer

The larger Idol 4S is basically a refreshed version of the 5.5-inch Idol 3 (5.5). As per the support pages, the handset will feature a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels, which is a notable upgrade over the 1080p IPS panel on the Idol 3 (5.5). 

Under the hood, the Snapdragon 615 chip (octa-core ARM Cortex A53) featured by the 5.5-inch Idol 3 appears to be replaced by a more powerful Snapdragon 652 chipset, a SoC that makes use of four ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz. In the memory department, the handset gets an extra GB of RAM (3GB in total) and 16GB of extra internal storage space (32GB in total). The camera setup consists out of a 16MP primary shooter and an 8MP secondary sensor. 

On paper, the Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S appear to be significant upgrades over their direct predecessors. Unfortunately, we do have to note that it's improbable for the manufacturer to maintain the prices it asked for the previous-gen Idols, ones of $180 and $250, respectively. Given that the comparatively low prices of the Idol 3 smartphones weighed heavily in our positive perception of the handsets, we're sure hoping that the price bumps will be kept to a minimum.

With MWC around the corner, chances are that we'll get to learn more about the Alcatel Idol 4 and the Idol 4S by this month's end.

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posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:32 2

1. Jango (Posts: 326; Member since: 24 Oct 2014)


Is that an all glass construction? It always looked attractive before but now I'd say it looks beautiful. And if it's a metal radial design backplate, then even better. It's just a shame the 4.7 got replaced by 5.2. A huge shame.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 17:49 1

2. Furbal (Posts: 1018; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


If the 4s is going to be the same price and the camera proves decent, this may be the phone of the year imo.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 18:04

3. danchoi704 (Posts: 38; Member since: 18 Apr 2008)


I want the 4s

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:10

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 2137; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I have the 3...not even mad tho lol

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:23

8. ibend (Posts: 5056; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


idol 3 scored 8/10 and 8.5/10 on PA review
lets see how much they scored this time, lol

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:48 1

5. Coconut00 (Posts: 480; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Quad HD AMOLED on a $250 phone!? Wow. Also, the Idol 4 has a 2610 mAh battery, not 2160 mAh and the Idol 4S will use the Snapdragon 652, not the 657(which doesn't exist).

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:49

6. kotan24 (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


I had the the 5.5 Idol 3, good phone terrible I mean terrible SoC snapdragon 615 sucks, it would lag, freeze and stutter like there's no tomorrow. On the positive side great speakers, one of the best lcd screens on any phone, great software skin very much like stock mediocre camera, so so battery life (it used to be pretty decent at first, marshmellow maybe helps with it) overall pretty dissapointing, but still I want give these a try, hopefully there would be improvements.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:54 1

11. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Maybe you should try to download Nova/Google Now Launcher? Nova is insanely snappy, even on low end phones.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 19:59

7. Coconut00 (Posts: 480; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Can the Snapdragon 652 even handle Quad HD smoothly? Does anyone know how does the Adreno 510 compare against the Adreno 418 and 420?

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 20:25

9. greenelektron (Posts: 533; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


There should be a refreshed version of the Flash Plus in South East Asian region. I think the idol series us not marketed at that region

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 21:26

10. Romantico3pe (Posts: 95; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


No amoled screen pleaseeeeeeeeeee i hate burn in

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:04 1

15. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


Haven't had any problems with burn in with my 6P or S6 yet

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 22:04 2

12. sebstin (Posts: 127; Member since: 03 Dec 2015)


Too bad.., there are no 4.7" phones..

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 22:33 1

13. Derass (Posts: 34; Member since: 06 Aug 2015)


The Idol 4 is looking pretty good! The battery seems a bit small and capactive buttons would be nice; but otherwise, great job Acatel!

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 02:38

14. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Why did they increase the size of the display?

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 10:20

16. HumbleJ06 (Posts: 37; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


May have to upgrade from the 3 to the 4S if the specs are actually a lot better. Right now the Idol 3 is great phone for me. But may pass it on to one of the chidren instead of buying them a new phone.

posted on 03 Feb 2016, 18:28

17. blackadamFTW (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Aug 2015)


If they can have a QHD screen, Snapdragon 352, and 300 or below price tag, I would be all in.

posted on 08 Apr 2016, 23:26

18. ThrowsCharts (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Mar 2015)


Whatever you do... don't buy into the hype on the Idol 4, let alone the idol 3. And here's why:

Last week I ran out to cricket in a last ditch effort to grab a 'decent' phone to use whilst my Note 3 was sent out for screen replacement.

I walked in and headed straight for the 'cheap' phones, while mentally comparing the specs; alas, I noticed a phone under $150 with a quad core processor and a 13MP camera? The first thing I thought was "holy sh*t, are you kidding me? That processor and camera are better than the S7 on the other side of the store, and it's about $600 cheaper".
I bought it.....

Huge mistake.

The phone not only lags, it often shows what can only be described as the start up screen after the screen goes black.... It doesn't actually restart, but whatever it's doing, it takes about 3 minutes to 'right' itself.
Now.... for that 'bad a** 13MP camera:
All I can really say here is BULLSH*T!
Not only do you have to set the camera to HDR before snapping a picture, you can't even use the flash if you're taking a 1080p photo. There's no option.... the flash icon literally disappears once you've selected HDR.

Oh. And try using ANY non-profit stock keyboard...I tried installing Kii keyboard (best keyboard every created).... denied. There's not even a way to get it installed....
Huge waste of money. I'm returning this in the morning, after I raise holy h*'ll with Alcatel.

I truly, TRULY believe that Alcatel is purposely pulling something....I think there's some serious subterfuge going on and their simply not being up front....ok, ok, I think they're flat out lying about the specs. Somehow.... someway.

Stay away.... it's a terrible device.

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