Alcatel lifts cover off One Touch Idol Ultra, the new 'world's slimmest phone'
The Idol Ultra grabs the world’s thinnest smartphone title from the BBK Vivo X1 and challenges others to beat it at 6.45mm (0.25 inches). This is ridiculously thin.
The Alcatel OT Idol Ultra however has to make one important tradeoff to achieve that razor sharp profile. It is the 3.5mm jack which is gone on this device. You’d need to purchase a separate microUSB to 3.5mm adapter to hook up your cable audio gear and while we all know that the future is cordless, the present just does not agree with Alcatel’s decision.
Otherwise, the OT Idol Ultra is a pretty capable device with a 720p Super AMOLED, but PenTile screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown variety, 1 gig of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On the back there is an 8-megapixel camera, while up front Alcatel uses a 1.3-megapixel shooter for video conferencing.
Also, due to its thinness, the device only has internal storage and 8GB of it with no option to expand with microSD cards.
Sadly, due to its extreme slimness it was not able to get certified for the United States and will only sell in China later on in the year for an off-contract price of $449.
All images courtesy of Engadget.
Alcatel lifts cover off One Touch Idol Ultra
1. MrJerry (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Thin but with that much projected camera...
typically No for me
12. AnTuTu (Posts: 940; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)
Come on guys let's appreciate it. Why do you always have to talk crap?
2. Bedz81 (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 Dec 2012)
No SD slot, no 3.5 jack is unthinkable just for a handset that could break if you sit on it!
When is the slim war gonna be irrelevant?
11. cripton805 (Posts: 977; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Do you sit on your phones often? I can easily avoid that with any phone.
3. MeoCao (unregistered)
I think the right thickness of a phone is 8-10mm. Any thinner will make the phone difficult to handle.
6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 785; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I would actually prefer phones aren't under.35" as a minimum. IMO, any smaller is too small to be able to fit enough battery in there.
9. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
This phone is not slim, it's anorexic!
4. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
no sd card slot,no earphone jack? Who in their right mind would buy this?
It might give Apple ideas though and the next iphone might also be sans 3.5 jack meaning an special iJack adapter being introduced.
5. naptown2 (Posts: 70; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
thin is not in anymore .. but really no sd card and only 8 gigs of memory ...ill pass
7. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Yep. Manufacturer's should ride on other "in" things:
-Big Batteries (a few mah please)
-expandable storage (not so in, but should be!)
-and oh yeah, low price tags!
8. dorianb (Posts: 422; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Point of Diminishing Effect.....
10. cripton805 (Posts: 977; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
They will soon be as wide as the SIM cards and they too will be too thick. lol
I like it. Just as a casual phone.