Alcatel surprises with two new smoking hot phones: Idol 4S and Idol 4 blend metal and glass with affordability
By Victor H.
Feb 20, 2016, 12:00 PM
Can you say Alcatel and a great-looking phone?
Admittedly, that's not what comes to mind first, but Alcatel, a joint venture company between France's Alcatel-Lucent and Chinese TCL, has just unveiled its new Idol 4 series with two new phones: the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, and both look smoking hot. The pair features a metal frame and glass body with some accents that make them stand out in the crowd.
While the two phones share very similar looks and visual style, they are different in size and performance power. The Alcatel Idol 4S is the more powerful of the two, a 5.5" device with a Quad HD display and running on the Snapdragon 652 system chip, while the Alcatel Idol 4 has a 5.2" handset with 1080 x 1920-pixel screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 617 chip.
Obviously, these are not high-end, super expensive phones on the same level as the upcoming Galaxy S7 and LG G5, but they are rather aimed at budget-conscious buyers. A nice bonus that you get with these phones is that their retail box actually transforms into a virtual reality (VR) headset that you can plug the phone into.
The 5.2" Idol 4, being the cheaper of the two, is expected to carry a price of just around $280, while the 5.5" Idol 4S comes at a higher price of between $400 and $500, still way below your typical $650 flagship pricing.
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