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Alcatel unleashes the 7.9mm, 2GHz octa-core OneTouch Idol X+

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Alcatel unleashes the 7.9mm, 2GHz octa-core OneTouch Idol X+

Alcatel just announced its all-new OneTouch Idol X+ at CES2014, with an octa-core chipset from MediaTek serving as the highlight of the phone.

Building upon the legacy of the Idol line, the X+ features the same kind of sleek design, with its profile measuring in at just 7.9mm. Packed within is a gorgeous 5-inch 1080x1920 pixel resolution display, good for 441 pixels per inch, along with a 13.1-megapixel F/2.0 rear snapper – both likely the same units found on the original Idol X. Alcatel has improved upon a number of internals, however, including the 2GHz eight-core MediaTek MT6592 chipset. Built onto a 28nm HPM process, this is actually the highest bin of the new chip – Alcatel's rivals are stuck with the slightly less powerful 1.7GHz version of the MT6592. Doing the graphical musclework is a quad-core ARM Mali450 GPU, clocked at the whopping 700MHz. Apart from the greatly improved processing prowess of the Idol X+, Alcatel has seen fit to throw a bigger, 2500mAh cell, Hi-Fi speakers and the same, spacious 2GB of RAM into this well-balanced package.

The IDOL range has gained a reputation for offering the best balance of features, performance and design,” Alcatel OneTouch CMO Dan Dery noted. “The IDOL X+ continues this tradition and is set to surprise and delight with its image capture and display credentials.”

And a surprise it will be, granted that Alcatel can keep a low price point – a variable that's still unknown. Another, rather annoying, puzzler is when and where exactly can we expect to see the Idol X+ in the West. If it's of any help, TCL (the owner of Alcatel) promised commercial availability of the Idol X+ in its homeland of China as soon as January15th with prices in the $330 ballpark. Whether we can expect the same kind of pricing outside of Asia, however, remains to be seen.

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 07:30 1

1. Piotrek007 (Posts: 112; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

330$ ??!! Is that even possible ?? o.0

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:15

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

See label: Made in china

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 09:00

6. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

Totally possible. By the time it's in the market, we will already have the next Nexus phone, which will have an even faster cpu than the snap 800, an even higher resolution than 1080p, and perhaps a slightly bigger display, too. It will also follow the $350 starting price (unless Google decides not to make a 16gb version).
So for this phone to be released almost a year later, these "outdated" specs will make the price kinda reasonable (reasonable for a non-Nexus device). That price and that specs combined are interesting now, but they won't be so interesting next year. Build quality also needs to be looked at, but I can't judge since it's still too early.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 09:09

7. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

my bad, It turns out to be January 15th, so... yea. This phone is worth checking out xD

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:20

3. muhsen (Posts: 281; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)

December 15th ?????? and in china ?? so it will come in the west in next year ?????

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:32 2

4. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:33 1

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

December 15th? 11 months?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 09:17 1

8. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013)

January15th-2014 in 9 days from today.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 09:43

9. Chris.P (Posts: 567; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

One of them brainfarts. Edited out, thanks.

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