Alcatel's new Idol 4 and 4s are hot pieces of art: hands-on
1. neops (Posts: 285; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)
I wouldn't call it hot piece of art. More like a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
2,5D glass, chamfered metal, white antenna bars, mesh, a sony button.
There's a chance that accumulating too many cute things, you have a wordy overall result.
2. lyndon420 (Posts: 3870; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Art? Even apple isn't dumb enough to call their products art (anymore). Although...when all this glass is spider-webbed it usually looks kinda cool from a third person viewpoint.
5. ibap (Posts: 752; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
"Fully rotating interface"? Really? Ever picked up your phone and had the earpiece and mouthpiece in the wrong places? Doesn't work well. What we really need is something tactile so you know you've picked it up properly.
7. ibend (Posts: 3539; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)
there is a chance for that, but i guess even this phone owner wont mind this feature..
at least it have stereo speaker, and stereo mic (which may can record stereo vids)
8. LG_G2 (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)
Not sure what you mean,but of course it works no matter which way you hold it.there's a mic on both ends of the phone.just like the idol 3.
6. monoke (Posts: 273; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)
Gorgeous designed phone. Man if it only had flagship internals.
9. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
Not sure how these are justifiable over a OnePlus One, which I presume has an even more powerful processor (SD 801 vs SD 652) and can be obtained for a better price on eBay or Amazon. Or is the 652 faster?
11. aj_74 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
I would recommend reading GSM Arena's Galaxy A9 review (the A9 also uses the SD 652) and comparing the benchmark results to those found in their OnePlus 2 review. Both phones have 1080P displays for the GPU to push, but the OnePlus 2 adds an extra GB of LPDDR4 RAM to its already potent SD 810 SoC. You would think the OnePlus 2 would destroy the A9, right?
OnePlus 2 - 4429
Galaxy A9 - 4759
Basemark OS 2.0:
OnePlus 2 - 1622
Galaxy A9 - 1529
Basemark OS 2.0 Single-core:
OnePlus 2 - 5301
Galaxy A9 - 4455
Basemark OS 2.0 Multi-core:
OnePlus 2 - 16798
Galaxy A9 - 22334
OnePlus 2 - 21937
Galaxy A9 - 15290
GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen):
OnePlus 2 - 22
OnePlus One - 12.9
Galaxy A9 - 13
OnePlus 2 - 62,500 (avg. score from all sources)
Galaxy A9 - 64591
The A9 stomps the OnePlus One in every category except the GPU benchmarks, which is I why I only included the OPO's Manhattan results. From that you can see that the SD 652 and 801 are about even in the GPU dept when outputting at 1080P. This means that the OPO will likely outperform the Idol 4s in the graphics dept since the Idol 4s sports a more demanding QHD resolution.
The big takeaway here is how close the A9 is to the OP2 in terms of overall performance. The A9 bests it in some categories, while the OP2 wins in others. The latest version of Antutu shows them in an overall dead heat (no pun intended). With the SD 652 you're getting SD 810 CPU performance and SD 801 GPU performance. Not a bad deal for a mid-range offering.
The big concern I have with the Idol 4s is where VR content is concerned. You really need a powerful GPU to output 3D VR games onto a QHD display. In that area the 4s falls short, which is odd considering it ships in a VR headset. However, if the VR stuff isn't important to you the SD 652-based Idol 4s is an intriguing package.
Before you go jumping on the OPO (which is my daily driver, btw) or the Idol 4s you might want to consider the Redmi Note 3 Pro from Xiaomi. Its SD 650 chipset has the same Adreno 510 GPU as the 652, but loses 2 of the A72 CPU cores (making it a Hexa-core processor). You lose the 4s's stereo speakers and boom key (which is a gimmick anyway), but gain a 4000mAh battery and rear fingerprint sensor. The RN3 Pro's 5.5" 1080P display puts it on even ground with the OPO in the GPU dept, but the SD 650 still outperforms the 801 in single and multi-core CPU benchmarks. Did I mention the RN3 Pro goes for $250? Food for thought.
12. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)
Very informative. Thank you very much. Already own a OnePlus One (since 2014), just didn't expect a so-claimed "mid-range" CPU to perform that well. Thanks for shearing.
13. assassinsaad (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is better than these two mobiles