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.
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