Alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 goes on pre-order in Europe via Microsoft

Europe was one of the most prolific markets for Windows Phone handsets, while the United States was one of the weakest. Still, for some reason, Alcatel thought that releasing a Windows Phone flagship exclusively in the US would be good for business.

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, which is, in fact, a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4s that made its debut in the US last year, is finally going to hit the shelves in Europe. The high-end smartphone runs Windows 10 right out of the box but packs an obsolete chipset inside.

The smartphone will be available for purchase on July 28, but it's already up for pre-order in some European countries like the UK and Germany. Customers can get one via Microsoft Store for £419.99 or €479.99, respectively.

Aside from the old Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor inside, the Idol 4 Pro packs 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage, which isn't bad at all. The back side features a 21-megapixel camera, while on the front there's a secondary 8-megapixel snapper for selfies and video calls.

Also, Alcatel included a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, dual speakers with Hi-Fi surround sound, as well as a 3,000 mAh battery that promises 420 hours of standby time or up to 15 hours of talk time.

Lastly, the Idol 4 Pro sports a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with full HD (1080p) resolution, and a decent metal body with a front glass. Sadly, unlike the Idol 4s model, the European version doesn't come with a VR headset in the package.

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Idol 4S with Windows
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 21 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(13.3h talk time)



1. fyah_king unregistered

The chipset is not I guess, SD 430, 650 , 821 are obsolete too.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The "old SD820"......that's rich.

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It will not change anything. It's like trying to fill up old, rusty and full of holes bucket with water. Unless there is an opportunity to laundry some money via dead platform. Just a guess.

4. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Exactly. They don't even properly maintain their own apps for their own ecosystem. But they whine and say it's lack of developer's killing the platform. Satya Nadella has basically abandoned W10 Mobile, but instead of being honest about it, they're trying milk the last little bit out of it. Office apps are always better on iOS and Android, They killed LinkdIn, which they own. And they bought Swiftkey, yet didn't make it available on W10M. If I had the time and money, I would take them to court for theft by deception. Unrelated note: Anyone want to buy a slightly used Lumia 950?

5. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Judging by the way you market it, you must be selling it real cheap.. :p

6. zr2s10

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

I should sell it to someone doing a comedy sketch on how bad W10M is right now, maybe I'd get more for it?? It's still under warranty actually, and the AT&T store rep told me to call tech support. He said they'd make me try a few things, but since the OS itself is the problem, none of it will work. He claims that they are no longer supporting W10M, and that they will send me a similarly spec'd Android handset, likely a S6 or something. I'm trying that first. Meanwhile I've been using my old S5Active, because my Blackberry owns GOOD now, and my company doesn't use Azure, which you supposedly need to run the new Blackberry UEM Client on W10M. Just one more thing to add to the pile...

7. donnieroc unregistered

Was too overpriced here in the States for me, pretty much like the Lumia 950. I still have my Lumia 830 and 640 XL, both running Windows 10. Love the Carl Zeiss camera optics on the phones!! Take awesome pictures. I'm not an "app" freak (at my age!!!), so the apps I have are just fine.

8. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 155; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Im getting a lumia 1520 best device ive ever had better than my s7 and my wifes 7plus by a big stretch despite the app gap it has the apps i needbtw and im keeping it on windows 8.1

9. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Good luck with no apps

10. DuanLe

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 13, 2017

420£ ?? I wonder who will buy it, i will buy an iphone 6s instead

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

If you want to accept this phone will never get any updates ever, this is a good phone. But the price is about 200 Euros too high. Needs to be around 200. While the SD 820 is a very capable chip, the OS is dead, and even major apps are dropping support for Windows Phone. You are basically buying a time capsule.

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