This month's Alcatel Idol 5S leak shows the handset compared with last year's Idol 4

It seems that once each month the unannounced Alcatel Idol 5S appears in a story of some sort. Back in February, the sequel to the Alcatel Idol 4 was discovered on the Geekbench site with the Helio P20 chipset from MediaTek under the hood. The MT6757CH carries an octa-core CPU, and the Mali-T880 GPU; the phone went through the test with 3GB of RAM inside and Android 7.0 pre-installed. In March, the Alcatel Idol 5S was spotted on the GFXBench site, this time with a broader list of specs.

The Alcatel Idol 5S looks very much like last year's Alcatel Idol 4

The Alcatel Idol 5S looks very much like last year's Alcatel Idol 4

Some of the new information we learned from GFXBench last month included the 5.2-inch size of the display, and the 1080 x 1920 FHD resolution. The Idol 5S will be packed with 32GB of native storage and the camera combo will weigh in from back to front at 12MP and 8MP, respectively.

So now it is time for April's Idol 5S story, and this month it is in the form of a tweet from tipster Roland Quandt. Instead of a benchmark test, we now have a leaked photo of the Alcatel Idol 5S posing right next to the older Alcatel Idol 4. The newer phone carries a model number of 6060C, according to Quandt, and is earmarked for pre-paid carrier Cricket.

Putting the two handsets side-by-side doesn't reveal much of a difference between the two. One thing that does stand out is the different cutout for the speaker grille at the top and bottom of both units. The Idol 5S has fewer, but bigger openings as compared to the finer, smaller openings on the Idol 4. The power button on the left side of the Idol 4 is missing on the new model (although it could be the angle of the photograph that is making it difficult to compare the button placements on both phones).

So what will the monthly leak tell us in May, or even June? Actually, we're wondering if we will even get that far considering that the Idol 4 was launched last June. We should also point out that last year, the Idol 4 was offered with a 5.2-inch display while the Idol 4S came with a 5.5-inch screen. This year, it would appear as though the Idol 5S will feature a smaller 5.2-inch screen.

source: @rquandt

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Idol 5S
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2620 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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4 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Is it worth to get the idol 4S/5S? It seems like they'll only update the firmware to the next version of Android then... That's it.

2. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Great budget phone, wish they'd keep the 5.5 screen and make this one dual SIM

3. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

I'm excited. Hopefully the Idol 5 will be available unlocked in Canada.

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