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.

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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OneTouch Idol X+
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2500 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. Piotrek007

Posts: 119; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

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

2. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

See label: Made in china

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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 So for this phone to be released almost a year later, these "outdated" specs will make the price kinda reasonable (reasonable for a non-Nexus device).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.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

3. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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

4. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013


5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

December 15th? 11 months?

8. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

January15th-2014 in 9 days from today.

9. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

One of them brainfarts. Edited out, thanks.

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