Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 VR up for grabs at T-Mobile for $469.99

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 VR up for grabs at T-Mobile for $469.99
Probably the last high-end smartphone powered by Windows 10 Mobile that will be launched this year, the Alcatel Idol 4S is now available for purchase in the United States.

If you've been following our news feed, then you already know T-Mobile announced it will add the smartphone to its portfolio. Starting today, customers can buy the Alcatel Idol 4S for only $469.99 outright or for $0 down with 19.59 monthly payments for 24 months.

That's quite a good deal if you're not bothered by the fact that it comes with Windows 10 Mobile, hence less apps and games. On the bright side, you can get the VR goggles that come with the phone for free.

Alcatel and T-Mobile offer the Idol 4S with a VR goggle package (while supplies last). In addition, as a special limited time offer (while supplies last), customers who purchase the phone also receive a 45-day trial subscription of Hulu, a 60-day trial subscription to Groove Music, and a free copy of the Halo: Spartan Assault.

Specs-wise, the Idol 4S is an incredibly powerful smartphone that seems to have been released a little bit too late. The phone is packed with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD card).

On the back, Alcatel's high-end smartphone boasts a 21-megapixel photo snapper with phase detection autofocu and dual-tone flash, while in the front there's a secondary 8-megapixel camera for state-of-the-art selfies.

Alcatel Idol 4S fully supports Continuum so users can enjoy a desktop-like experience. Also, the flagship comes with USB Type-C port, a large 5.5-inch AMOLED display that features full HD (1080p) support, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

source: T-Mobile

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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. strikerchooooo unregistered

Best tech for the money this year, period! Cheap, reliable, European brand with the right OS, this time. And a VR set! Definitely a hit!

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How can you say with the right OS? It's Windows 10 Mobile. It's not like developers are flocking to this platform to make apps in general for Windows 10 Mobile, let alone VR apps for Windows 10 Mobile. Get real. Also it's a SD 652 and not a SD 820

3. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Where are you getting your info that it's a SD652 and not the flagship class SD820 that's been reported by a few places? TMO also confims the 820

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's obvious for a number of reasons. If it's a octa core, then it cannot be a SD 820. The SD 65x processors are octa core. Not to mention GSMarena lists the Alcatel Idol 4s as a SD 652.

4. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

This is the windows version that has sd 820 and not the 652 like the android version.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Then it cannot be an octa core, period. Because the SD 820 has a maximum of only 4 cores.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

this one use SD820.. check that source: and blame the writer for that "octa-core" part :D

5. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Does windows even have any vr apps lol

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So far 7 comments trashing this phone without any firsthand knowledge. One person doesn't even know what processor it has (SD820 by the way), another person tries to be funny by hinting there are no VR apps for Windows (2 VR games ship with the phone) and another claims it's a European brand (It's not, it's Chinese). Just so you know, this isn't an identical version of the Android model. It has 4GB of RAM, the aforementioned SD820 and it has the FHD display. Get your facts straight kids, you look like total morons when spewing FUD.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Bottom lines is how many WP fan would buy this phone after getting burnt repeatedly. I quit wp after getting burnt by wp 7. You guys are the most loyal SOB if you are willing to invest in another wp phone. Got to hand it to you man!

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If you "invest" in ANY phone, I have this beautiful one-owner bridge in New York I'd like to sell you. It's prime Manhattan real estate so you know it's a good investment.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This joke is so older with both our age combined. Feel free to buy this wp bundle. May be your last chance to buy another wp phone.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Feel free to laugh at my English grammar. I know i do sound funny because of my tenancy to do direct Chinese to English translation. Pretty much like Google translate when its first started.

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

So far compared to the 950XL its night and day. The Idol4S is in line with the HTC ONE M8 ( Notice the two nicest built non-Nokia Windows Phones started as Android..?). Camera is great ( although missing features of the 950XL). Screen is noticfeably smaller and has more wasted space than the 950XL ( Frame about the same as 950XL, screen about the same as the HTC M8 or 950 / 925). That said, the build and especially the speakers ( THEY ARE Awesome ) feels premium on a level I haven't seen in a while on a WP. Really slick and the finger print scarnner worked better than my LG V10 by a long shot. The VR Goggles are are a joke only three or 4 apps and 2 terrible games.. Also everytime you stick them in you have to use their apps no work around. They are pretty much useless. Also the control buttons on them don't interface with the phone real well. They feel much more like a beta product than a real item. So yes at $469 great deal for the phone and its a great WP.. The Goggles are just window dressing and fun for an hour or two.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The 950XL display is 5.7" and this Idol has a 5.5" unit. Less than a 1/4" is not noticeably smaller and with more wasted space. Also, the M8 was a 5.0" display, the 950 was 5.2" and the 925 was 4.5". Three different sizes and all of them smaller than this phone. I'm in total agreement with the rest of your post. The build and premium feel is awesome. The speakers are even better than the Acer Liquid Jade Primo and the goggles are indeed a joke. My guess is they had a huge surplus from the MetroPCS Android units that never sold.

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