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Alcatel surprises with two new smoking hot phones: Idol 4S and Idol 4 blend metal and glass with affordability

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Alcatel surprises with two new smoking hot phones: Idol 4S and Idol 4 blend metal and glass with affordability

Can you say Alcatel and a great-looking phone?

Admittedly, that's not what comes to mind first, but Alcatel, a joint venture company between France's Alcatel-Lucent and Chinese TCL, has just unveiled its new Idol 4 series with two new phones: the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, and both look smoking hot. The pair features a metal frame and glass body with some accents that make them stand out in the crowd.

While the two phones share very similar looks and visual style, they are different in size and performance power. The Alcatel Idol 4S is the more powerful of the two, a 5.5" device with a Quad HD display and running on the Snapdragon 652 system chip, while the Alcatel Idol 4 has a 5.2" handset with 1080 x 1920-pixel screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 617 chip.

Obviously, these are not high-end, super expensive phones on the same level as the upcoming Galaxy S7 and LG G5, but they are rather aimed at budget-conscious buyers. A nice bonus that you get with these phones is that their retail box actually transforms into a virtual reality (VR) headset that you can plug the phone into.


So what are these Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S all about? 

Let's take a quick look at their spec sheet:

Alcatel
Idol 4S
Alcatel
Idol 4
PlatformAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Dimensions153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm147 x 72.5 x 7.1 mm
Display5.5” QHD AMOLED (1440 x 2560)5.2” FHD (1080 x 1920), IPS LTPS
SoCSnapdragon 652Snapdragon 617
RAM3GB3GB
Cameras16MP rear cam, 2K video
8MP front cam w/ flash
13MP rear cam, 1080p video
8MP front cam
Storage32GB
with microSD support
16GB
with microSD support
Battery3000 mAh2610 mAh

Both phones support quick charging, a nice extra feature. The Idol 4S battery can fully recharge in 1.6 hours, while the Idol 4 battery cell can be recharged in just 1 hour.

Another great bonus that you don't get on every phone, but you do get on the Alcatel Idol 4S and Idol 4 are powerful dual stereo speakers (2 x 3.6 Watts).

What about 4G LTE connectivity? The phones come with support for different bands: the Idol 4S features FDD LTE B1/3/7/8/20/28A, while the Idol 4 features FDD LTE B1/3/7/8/20/28A/38/40. Obviously, lacking are support for AT&T (bands 2, 4, 5, 17) and T-Mobile 4G LTE bands (2, 4, 12), so the phones are not intended for sale in the United States, but rather in Europe and rest of the world.

Price and release date


The 5.2" Idol 4, being the cheaper of the two, is expected to carry a price of just around $280, while the 5.5" Idol 4S comes at a higher price of between $400 and $500, still way below your typical $650 flagship pricing.

source: Alcatel

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posted on 20 Feb 2016, 12:04 9

1. hafini_27 (Posts: 871; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Curious on how 652 handles 2k screen.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 12:19 8

3. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Poorly of course.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 12:44 3

5. Zomer (Posts: 252; Member since: 31 May 2013)


The Snapdragon 652 is great on the CPU-side - faster than Snapdragon 810, but it does lag behind on the GPU, so it won't be great for sure.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:41

23. Coconut00 (Posts: 463; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Does anyone know how the 652 compares vs the 808/805?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 23:25

29. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4273; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


http://www.gsmarena.com/snapdragon_652_benchmarked_cortexa72_is_fast_even_on_28nm-blog-16681.php

Benchmarks say it's just a little bit behind the LG V10 (S808), which handles its 2K screen wonderfully.

Performance won't be an issue.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 12:10

2. nscian2 (Posts: 16; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Why are phone makers using the snapdragon 617. I understand the lower power consumption but not being 64bit annoys me

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 13:06 2

8. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


617 is 64-bit.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 12:19 5

4. Wiencon (Posts: 1775; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


But whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy 5.2 inches? Why the hell couldn't they stick to 4.7 and 5.5 like on previous model and besides QHD on 652 will be probably an overkill.
I hope that after 5se more phones will come with smaller screens

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 20:34 1

28. Jairus24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


5 to 5.2 inches are the sweet spot for screen size.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 10:07

32. dodger (Posts: 26; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


You got that right, 5 - 5.2 inches is perfect for me as well!

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 12:48 1

6. SenorThrottles (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


The back of the idol 4S looks a lot like the S6/7

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 14:05 1

13. hwb01 (Posts: 253; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Color reminds me of black sapphire from the latest Samsung devices.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:24

21. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 171; Member since: 07 May 2014)


You mean the glass on the back?
Apart from the glass, it looks nothing like the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S7. BTW Samsung was not the first to stick a glass on the back of the phone.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 13:05

7. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I'm more excited about the idol 4. 4s has almost the same specs as last year's flagships, and costs the same too. So not too impressive.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 14:36

15. SenorThrottles (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


I agree. You'll probably be able to pick up last year's flagships for a cheaper price later on the year anyways.

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 11:40

30. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Any idea how the SD 652 performs compared to the SD 801?

posted on 21 Feb 2016, 11:51 1

31. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


652 is pretty close to the performance of 808 in GPU, so definitely better than 805.

In CPU, it's even better than 810, and doesn't throttle as often. It's pretty much expected as cortex A72 are better than A57.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 13:06

9. stardomains (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Nov 2015)


Why does Alcatel know how to do speakers and the big flagship don't?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 13:09 2

10. Tziggy14 (Posts: 441; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


That's toi expensive for a phone with Snapdragon 652 chips.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 13:31

11. TerryTerius (Posts: 1542; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


Maybe.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 14:13

14. SenorThrottles (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


I'd say $400 is a good price, but not anything above that.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 20:09

26. ibend (Posts: 3539; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


better get SD820 equipped Mi5 for that price

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 14:04

12. zeeBomb (Posts: 1786; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I hope the idol 3 gets marshmallow soon :(

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:24

16. Romantico3pe (Posts: 69; Member since: 14 Sep 2015)


Why amoled whyyyy???? People should love burn in and oversaturared screens

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:29 4

17. SenorThrottles (Posts: 259; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


I used to think the same way, but after getting the S6 I don't think I can go back to IPS. Besides, I haven't had any problems with burn in so far.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 20:10 2

27. ibend (Posts: 3539; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


only iSheep hate amoled anyway...
but they'll change their mind as soon as iPhone use amoled

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 15:32

18. monoke (Posts: 273; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


Now this is how u design a phone! Lg and htc take note.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 16:22

19. RaulBlas (Posts: 36; Member since: 31 Mar 2014)


No fingerprint scanner?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:21

20. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 171; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Great Looking phone, Dual front facing speakers, modest specs. Plus that VR box idea is great.. I will definitely buy the 4s.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 17:30 1

22. JunitoNH (Posts: 1613; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


The big question is, will they support LTE in the U.S.?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 18:52 1

24. AZNHA (unregistered)


how about the UI ? clean or not ?

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 19:12

25. willywanta (Posts: 206; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


very nice exterior

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