Alcatel announces the IDOL 3 pair of smartphones, hoping to rival Apple's dream iPhone 6 duo

Alcatel announces the IDOL 3 pair of smartphones, hoping to rival Apple's dream iPhone 6 duo
At MWC 2015, Alcatel introduced its new flagship smartphone, the Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3. Looking at its product image, you might recognize a familiar sight, and your eyes don't lie! There is a 4.7-inch IDOL 3 and a 5.5-inch IDOL 3, and they closely resemble another pair of premium smartphones with said display diagonals.

Regardless, the IDOL 3 smartphones go beyond mirroring the iPhone 6 with the addition of JBL front-facing speakers, Harman Cardon Clari-Fi tech, 13-megapixel cameras, and something rather odd and unique - these phones are reversible! That is, users can actually grab them upside-down, and their interface automatically flips. This sounds awesome for those times you reach for your phone in a hurry and end up grabbing it from the "wrong" side.

Moving onto the cameras, the main cam is a 13MP unit with a large aperture for low light, while the front snapper has a wide 84-degree angle for selfies and Fast Face Focus software that detects faces in 0.26 seconds.

Behind the IDOL 3 smartphones' displays lies the Technicolor Color Enhance technology that promises superb color rendering, enhanced visibility, and more goodies. We'd rather talk more about it after we've examined it with our display test.

Spec-wise, the 4.7-incher rocks a 720p resolution display and a quad-core CPU (either the Snapdragon 410 or Snapdragon 610), while the big one bumps it to 1080p resolution and 64-bit octa-core silicon (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615). Otherwise, both models feature the same extras we mentioned, and both have 4G LTE connectivity. The IDOL 3 phones will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

We don't get to learn the prices and release dates, but seeing that both Idols run on Qualcomm silicon which supports US LTE networks, we won't be surprised if they reach American shores too.


source: Alcatel

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18 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol they blatantly copied the screen size duo release.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

How embarrassing, legit trolling.

8. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Just let him go, it's the only thing he has in life.

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, Alcatel's aim does look that way... Anyway, first reversible phone, great!! But what about phone calls?? Will the mic and speaker be reversed too? If not...it's of no use. And...they're far away from competing Apples latest with a SD410 and SD615...not even close!

18. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Youre right, let see what tey've done with that

4. willard12 unregistered

I've heard screen size can't be copied.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

We've had this discussion before. Apple blatantly copied Samsung's 2013 lineup with the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 1 screen sizes....

17. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

*Note 2

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31281; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

100% rite smurf. Apple has a successful model, can't get mad at companies for following it. These little stupid fanboys that flood these sites, don't realize it's the bottom line that matters to these companies.

2. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

These actually look good... And different, which isn't said enough with phones

5. idroidsht

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

It's always "Against the iPhone" No sane person would ever get an iPhone-wannabe, They would get the real original iPhone. The iPhone may not be the Gold Standard, but it is the Platinum Standard.

6. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You really think this looks like an iPhone? Get real

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Click bait.

16. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Agree. Alcatel idol series have always looked like this even before iPhone 6 was launched. He must be very lousy at details. Kudos to Alcatel for finally adding an expandable storage slot to their small internal memories.

7. charlie1779

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

The HTC ONE M9 should have had a design similar to this, that would have sold like hot cakes!

11. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

Omg. This looks awsome. This is how every phone should be. Iphone and Htc and other put to shame. A brand like Alcatel managed to design a phone like this is incredible. Look at those speakers, the form factor and the build. I am so impressed.

12. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Flagship with Snapdragon 410 and 1GB of RAM? Really?

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Sort of want. If the prices were extremely competitive I'd consider it. But the 5.5" one would need a sub $300 price tag vs the $350 OnePlus One and the $299 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G.

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