Alcatel unleashes the 7.9mm, 2GHz octa-core OneTouch Idol X+
posted by Chris P. / Jan 06, 2014, 7:00 AM
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.
(Consumer Electronics Show) Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2014 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH today unveiled the IDOL X+ that delivers life-like content and perfectly matches design with performance.
Building on the global success of the IDOL series of smartphones, the IDOL X+ combines the octa-core processor with a 5” full HD 441ppi display and 13.1 megapixel 1080p camera all in an ultra-trim handset that is just 7.9 millimeters thin. Built with content in mind, the IDOL X+ brings vibrant color to pictures and video. It is finely-tuned to unleash the full power of the octa-core processor for smooth web browsing, immersive gameplay and compelling 3D graphics but is also frugal when it comes to power consumption. The new processor increases battery efficiency and reduces power consumption by 18 percent when compared to a Quad Core chip decoding full HD video. It also includes clever performance tweaks like allocating each web page tab to a different CPU for smooth and fast browsing.
Despite the power hidden under the hood, the exterior of the IDOL X+ keeps to the slim, sleek styling of the IDOL series. IDOL X+ takes styling and choice to the next level with its unique IML spin effect and the brushed metallic frame.
The “0” bezel and borderless, 2.4 mm edge-to-edge design means that pictures and videos fill the available space. The full HD IPS display offers a 170 degree viewing angle, making the IDOL X+ the best smartphone to show-off pictures and videos to friends and family. The perfectly designed side speakers produce loud quality sound, supporting SACD’s 24bit/192KHz playback which is four times better than a CD.
“The IDOL range has gained a reputation for offering the best balance of features, performance and design,” said Dan Dery, Chief Markting Officer for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “The IDOL X+ continues this tradition and is set to surprise and delight with its image capture and display credentials.”
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IDOL X+ features include: 5” full HD IPS display Octa-core 2 GHz processor 13.1 Mpxl full HD rear camera 2 Mpxl 1080p front camera Hi-Fi sound HD video 7.9mm thin 2500mAh
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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.
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