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Alcatel Idol Pro 4: Windows "superphone" with Continuum, Snapdragon 820 and more

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Alcatel Idol Pro 4: Windows
At the higher end of the Windows 10 Mobile platform, the pickings are rather scarce. Microsoft may have finally delivered a new flagship in the form of the Lumia 950, but the cupboard is still quite bare for those seeking a powerful experience. With Redmond not apparently that focused on creating its own new hardware, it's up to manufacturing partners to take the reigns. Alcatel may soon do likewise in a big way, with its rumored Idol Pro 4 smartphone set to pack Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC. 

The Snapdragon 820 processor will be the driving force behind a good portion of this year's main smartphone entrants, most of which will run on Google's Android software. However, Alcatel could be poised to break the mold with the Idol Pro 4, which may include a number of impressive features aside from the top-notch chipset. 

Per a report over at WMPoweruser, the device will also boast a full-HD display, which probably equates to a 1080p resolution. There's always a chance that quad-HD could be in the offing, though Alcatel may follow some vendors in saving on the additional battery and processing power needed to run such a high-res panel. 

The Idol Pro 4 should also arrive with support for Microsoft's much-vaunted Continuum feature, and if the camera is as impressive as the rest of it, we could be in for a real gem of a Windows smartphone. 

The report concludes by mentioning that the device will be available to consumers in the United States via T-Mobile. John Legere's firm already carries Alcatel's new OneTouch Fierce XL, having been a major distribution source of Windows smartphones in the past. 

Alcatel's North American SVP Steve Cistulli has promised a "superphone," and could deliver with this Snapdragon 820-wielding device. Assuming a decent camera and design to match, though, would it be enough to tempt you over from iOS or Android? 

Let us know what you think below. 

source: WMPoweruser

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posted on 16 Feb 2016, 07:45 3

1. franckyvinvin12 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

I do think that in the long run, W10m has more potential than Android for games. The iOS bridge seems promising and could allow games to be ported easily, and soon there will be more powerful tablets running w10/w10m than Android one imo (let's be honest, Android sucks on tablets). So the Windows Store could end up with lots of good games, including games originally developped for computers/tablets, meaning better graphics. Games that a smartphone running a top notch SoC could play.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:20 1

6. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1303; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

In that time, I'm pretty sure android would have evolved to? Not just windows.

Also how does android suck on tablet? Most games run fine, you could browse the internet or watch movies, listen to music etc. Unless you're talking about low to mid range tablets, then yes android sucks on them, but not the flagship ones like Sony's z tablets or galaxy S tablets.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:30

7. franckyvinvin12 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

Well, sucking is a bit harsh but I just think that Android is not good enough on tablets. Because :
- It's a bit laggy on the low range.
- Lots of apps still don't scale correctly on a tablet.
- On the high range, it's better but it's still a media consumption device where at those price point you can get a full W10 x86 OS.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:40

8. Acdc1a (Posts: 359; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)

Tablets as we know them are being put out to pasture. Products like the surface and countless other hybrids are going to take laptops and tablets out.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 09:54

9. franckyvinvin12 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

And if this is the case, then Windows will come out on top.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 14:09

14. TerryTerius (unregistered)

Maybe. It is absolutely pointless to pretend as if any of us have the slightest clue what the future holds.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 10:50

10. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

My nexus 7 2013 play all game whitout lag or issues.

All app scale up correctly.

So maybe 10 inch tablet but 7/8 inch are fine.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 07:57 1

2. legiloca (Posts: 1448; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)

never seen a pure Alcatel flagship phone since forever.. anyways let's just see what they can bring to the table

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:10

3. franckyvinvin12 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

I'm curious about that device too. First let's hope it's real ! Second, as good as this device might be, I think Alcatel (and all the small manufacturers that want to sell high range phones) will have to find some interesting new features that can use all the power of the new chips. And market them right.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:11

4. fonelover (Posts: 249; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)

why use SD820 for W10m phone, W10m can barely utilize the full resource of SD425.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 08:25 1

5. franckyvinvin12 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

With Continuum mode, you can use quite some power. Especially if you're using it with a high resolution screen. I think right now it's limited at 1080p, but with chips like that I can't see why they wouldn't do Continuum with high res screens.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 18:21

19. garciano (unregistered)

don't be stupid!

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 08:29

23. jontaylor07 (Posts: 169; Member since: 12 Oct 2015)

That's also true of iOS for the most part, iOS and WP only need the power for gaming. Android only needs high-powered process when the software is poorly implemented, or for games.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:03

11. fyahking (Posts: 963; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)

Me wants!

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:09

12. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Don't do it. Use android OS. If not, this will flop.

posted on 17 Feb 2016, 07:01 1

22. franckyvinvin12 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Feb 2016)

You really think it wouldn't be a flop on Android ? Competing against Samsung, LG, HTC, Xiaomi, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo ?

I don't think such a device will have too much success on w10m , but I'm 100% sure it would fail miserably on Android.

Besides, what's the point of every user that want this to run Android ? It won't be better than the alternatives you have on Android, so you shouldn't care at all.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 12:10

13. dazed1 (Posts: 546; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)

As always, with second tire brands, without a significant difference in the price, (without price at all stated) this news are useless.

This phone max price should be 450$

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 14:11

15. TerryTerius (unregistered)

Not if Alcatel actually wants to make some money on each phone they sell, it shouldn't be.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 17:27

18. Furbal (unregistered)

I do believe windows phones are cheaper as a whole since you need a much smaller team for the OS support, that would be done through MS update channel.

Hardware wise, this shouldn't be over $200 leaving some decent room for profit margin

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 18:41 1

20. TerryTerius (unregistered)

You do realize there is a hell of a lot more that goes into the price of a phone than just the cost of materials right? Licensing fees, shipping, manufacturing, marketing, and of course human capital, meaning the people that design and make the phone have to get paid as well. Alongside whomever Alcatel has working on the software side of things. And I'm sure I'm forgetting some people as well.

I said ot a dozen times. Any company you see selling a phone anywhere near $200, even $300 is either selling that phone at a loss or at cost. Especially when it's a phone that has high-end hardware. Remember that article last week showing Apple and Samsung being the only two companies making a profit and literally everybody else was breaking even or losing money? That is exactly why.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 21:52

21. Furbal (unregistered)

Fully aware of the costs, Alcatel is not spending billions on marketing and r&d like Samsung or Apple does. They can get 15% margin on a phone like this easy.

Nor do they have huge store front costs (drop shipped or in an Amazon warehouse like the idol 3)

10-15% margin would be more than healthy for them

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 14:12

16. TerryTerius (unregistered)

But I do get your point from a mind share perspective of a lesser known brand breaking the $500 mark.

posted on 16 Feb 2016, 17:25

17. Furbal (unregistered)

It'll probably be better than the crappy 950xl I had.

Give me a metal or thicker plastic idol 3 (idol 4 is not looking bad either) and we have a winner

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