The Alcatel Idol 5S may have already been released a while ago, but the question remains: what happened to that other variant we saw creeping around different benchmark sites? Well, it turns out it's alive and well, and has just been certified by the FCC, complete with photos of both its interior and exterior.
Just by looking at the device's outer shell, we can judge that it's not the same phone as the 5S — gone are the front-facing dual speakers at the very top and bottom of the device, while the glass body on the device's back has been replaced with what appears to be aluminum casing instead. Plus, its model number is 6058, while the Idol 5S's is 6060.
And in the interior pics we can spot a MediaTek chipset, which means this is the previously leaked Idol 5 with Helio P20, 3 gigs of RAM, and a 5.2-inch Full HD screen. The device also has a 12 MP camera on the back, an 8 MP one on the front, and will run Android 7.0 (or maybe even 7.1.1, given the age of that leak) out of the box. Also, the pics reveal a 2,710 mAh battery capacity.
But while the device has passed the FCC's certification, there's no real guarantee it will actually get a release stateside, as Alcatel is known for selectively launching its devices across regions. So for we'll have to wait and see.