Alcatel Idol 4 Pro flagship with Windows 10 Mobile revealed in live photos

Alcatel Idol 4 Pro flagship with Windows 10 Mobile revealed in live photos
The last high-end smartphone powered by Windows Phone, the HP Elite x3 has already been released in the United States and it's about to make its debut in some European countries as well.

Even though the Windows Phone market share crumbled under 1% worldwide, there are still companies interested in bringing to consumers smartphones powered by Microsoft's OS.

Alcatel is one of the few companies that seems to continue to be interested in Windows Phone, which is why we will probably see a competitor for HP's Elite x3 on the market very soon.

While this isn't the first time we talk about Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, the upcoming Windows Phone flagship, it might be the first time we see the phone in live pictures. If these photos are legit, it's very possible that Alcatel will announce the Idol 4 Pro sooner than we think.

The Idol 4 Pro is a real monster when it comes to specs. The flagship is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.1GHz. It also packs 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, but users will be able to expand internal memory via microSD.

The 21-megapixel rear-facing camera is said to feature a Sony IMX230 sensor, so expect some advanced features to be included as well.



Since this is a flagship smartphone with enough power to support Continuum for phones, Windows Phone fans can expect to get this option too. There's no word on battery yet, but we do know it will sport a 5.5-inch display, which, surprisingly, supports full HD (1080p) resolution instead of Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels).

According to sources familiar with Alcatel's plans, the Idol 4 Pro will ship with Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update onboard, so there's no need to download it afterwards.

Alcatel Idol 4 Pro is likely to make its debut in the US via T-Mobile, but the exact release date is a mystery for the moment.

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17 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I have been using my M8 for Windows a lot lately, and I love it! If this is good (and affordable becuz Windows phone) I may just pick one up instead of the 7+. Ahhh who am I kidding....... I'm going for both lol :D.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I hear the battery life for the Windows M8 blows the Android variant out of the water. How's your experience with it?

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It's true. There are weird days when it drains somethin'fierce on standby, but the majority of the time I can get 4-5 hours SoT. It helps that Windows isn't as resource hungry :D.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

That's odd, does Windows have a monitoring system like Android to see what processes are consuming battery life? I ask because you don't seem to have an explanation for it.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They do.....but I can't find what's out of the ordinary. It could be MyTube acting up again. But the stats seem relatively normal under battery use.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well considering Alcatel was purchased by Nokia's phone division back in January 2015. So in essence Nokia's phone division is owned by Microsoft. Well it makes sense that Alcatel will still be making WP/W10M smartphones. BLU left as well as a few others just stopped making them. Because you were competing in a market that was almost non existent.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

True. There aren't very many options available at the moment aside from the Elite x3 (which is too goddamn expensive)......buy I'm looking forward to the release of this phone. Might just wait for the Surface Phone though.

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7209; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A Surface phone won't mean much if it is still running with ARM processors. The reason is the WP ARM based ecosystem has very few apps. So a Surface phone running with an x86 processor would have more success in order to leverage the existing Windows ecosystem. I know Universal apps are suppose to help out. But almost nobody is making Universal apps that support both legacy and Windows Mobile devices. What could help is if Microsoft makes their Universal runtime work on different platforms as well. I know this could have an adverse effect on their existing mobile platform. However they already have close to nothing to begin with. So it could actually benefit them in the long run. This is where both Apple and Microsoft have seen and tasted the benefits of an agnostic ecosystem like Androids. That is why both companies came out with runtimes and languages to compete with Androids agnostic platform. Apple with their Swift, and Microsoft's with their Universal apps.

16. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

alcatel phones are made by TLC, they just licence that name

5. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Windows Phone fans surely need a true consumer based product besides the Lumia 950/XL that's not crap or budget friendly. The HP Elite X3 is enterprise focused but a nice device although not readily available through carriers. Unlocked may be a good but though.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

* Buy

9. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Dead before offiacial unveiling. I think Microsoft must be giving huge amount of money to Alcatel,i wouldnt even bother about some Windows Mobile phone with 10 customers.

10. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Wish Alcatel would sell me a regular 4S here in Canada. Instead they have to honor their commitment to BlackBerry with their second-rate, re-branded DTEK50.

12. Fona13A unregistered

The Idol is a nice phone for not too much, it's a bit big for everyday use but the quality makes up for it. I think Win10 blends in nicely with larger screens.

13. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

That Loading..... though. :-D

14. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

And now I have a good idea about the next BlackBerry phone

17. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

i need A NEW PHONE.. and was thinking of waiting to see what T-mobile did with Sony/etc.. and getting out of Windows Phone. I MAY wait and see what this brings.

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