Alcatel Idol 5 coming to Cricket Wireless on October 27
Quietly introduced earlier this month at IFA 2017 trade fair, the Alcatel Idol 5 will make its debut in the United States in late October. The smartphone will be exclusively carried in the country by Cricket Wireless.
The Idol 5 promises premium features at a fraction of the price of today's major brand smartphones. But how much exactly Alcatel's handset really costs? According to Cricket, the Idol 5 will be available for purchase for just $199 beginning October 27.
Now let's see what are those “premium features” that Alcatel says the Idol 5 has to offer for that price. First off, the smartphone comes with Android 7.0 Nougat on board, which isn't quite unusual.
The 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution is nothing to be impressed of, while on the inside there's a MediaTek Helio P20 processor, paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage. The back side features a 12-megapixel camera, while in the front there's a secondary 5-megapixel selfie snapper.
Alcatel Idol 5 is powered by a 2,850 mAh battery and comes with two front-facing speakers that promise to provide “exceptional sound” either you're watching your favorite show and video, or listening to music on Alcatel's exclusive music app.
Speaking of this particular music app, Alcatel Music is integrated with Deezer from Cricket, but you'll have to pay for subscription separately.
Design-wise, the Idol 5 is encased in a metal body with high-polished aluminum edges, and it's wrapped around curved Corning Gorilla Glass to make it more durable.
Along with Idol 5, Alcatel also introduced its new UNI360 VR Goggles, which are available for purchase separately for $49.99. The VR goggles have been optimized to work on the Idol 5, but they are compatible with other VR capable smartphones that come with 5- or 6-inch displays.