Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra Specs

Description

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol Ultra grabs the world’s thinnest smartphone title from the BBK Vivo X1 and challenges others to beat it at 6.45mm (0.25 inches). It is a pretty capable device with a 720p Super AMOLED, but PenTile screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor of unknown variety, 1 gig of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On the back there is an 8-megapixel camera, while up front Alcatel uses a 1.3-megapixel shooter.

This device is also known as Alcatel 6033

Pros

  • Small dimensions (5.29 x 2.70 x 0.25 inches)

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Display

Size: 4.7 inches
Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels, 312 PPI
Technology: Super AMOLED
Screen-to-body: 66.09 %
Colors: 16 777 216
Features: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Hardware

Benchmarks
System chip: MediaTek MT6577
Processor: Dual-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
GPU: PowerVR SGX531
RAM: 1GB
Internal storage: 16GB, available to use: 13.3 GB
OS: Android (4.1) Screenshots
Device type: Smartphone

Battery

Capacity: 1800 mAh
Type: Li - Ion, User replaceable

Camera

Rear: Single camera Camera samples
Main camera: 8 MP (Autofocus)
Flash: LED
Video recording: 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
Front: 1.3 MP
Video capture: 1280x720 (HD)
Dimensions: 5.29 x 2.70 x 0.25 inches (134.4 x 68.5 x 6.45 mm)
Weight: 4.06 oz (115.0 g)
Keys: Left: Volume control
Colors: Black, Yellow, Red

Cellular

3G: Bands 8(900), 1(2100)
Data Speed: HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS

Multimedia

Headphones: No 3.5mm jack
Speakers: Earpiece, Loudspeaker
Features: Album art cover, Background playback
Video playback:
Features: Zoom, Stretch to fullscreen
Radio: FM, Stereo, RDS

Connectivity & Features

Bluetooth: 4.0
Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n; Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
USB: microUSB, USB 2.0
Features: Mass storage device, Charging, Headphones port
Location: GPS, A-GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass
Other: Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Phone features

Notifications: Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Other features: Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Buyers information

In The Box: Slim charger head, microUSB cable, In-ear stereo headset, microUSB to 3.5mm jack adaptor, Quick guide

Availability

Jan 07, 2013
Officially announced: Yes
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User Reviews

Overall User Rating
Build quality
7
Camera quality
7
Performance
7
Display
7
Battery life and charging
7
Rating breakdown (out of 10)
7
Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra
Phone owned for less than a month

The latest to join the bandwagon back to the top is TCL Communications (the company that makes Alcatel mobile phones). Once a brand name back late 90’s, Alcatel steadily vanished from the mobile scene just as Apple and Samsung began rising up the ranks. Alcatel also happens to be the official partner for the latest Iron Man 3 movie installment trying to hype up Hollywood franchises by promoting the phone used by Tony Stark in the movie.

The Alcatel Idol Ultra Is a little over 5 inches tall and about 3 inches wide, the Idol is medium-size by today's standards. On the top you have the micro USB port and power/lock key although they are switched around compared to the usual layout on top of smartphones – with the lock key on the left which just felt wrong when we came to unlock the Idol Ultra. The speaker grille at the bottom tends to muffle when listening to audio. One of the major disappointments in terms of design of this smartphone comes from the fact that it has no 3.5mm jack. The company has bundled in a USB to 3.5mm jack in the pack but it is a little inconvenient to carry the small jack at all times.

The Idol Ultra sports a 4.65-inch AMOLED display with a 1280 x 720 (HD) resolution. The Idol Ultra relies on a predominant Blue setting. The display doesn’t have any scratch-resistant coating, but it sports a Dragon Trail glass as well as Oleophobic coating.
The smartphone comes with 16GB of internal storage, of which 13.3 GB is user accessible. However, one cannot expand the storage any further and that might be bummer for some users.

The Alcatel One Touch Ultra is a single SIM quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G handset. Yes, 3G, there is no HSPA+, 4G or LTE. It lacks the speeds of its high-end competitors.

The 8MP camera manages to capture decent indoor and outdoor shots under varied lighting conditions. The flash isn’t too powerful, but it is just ok for close subjects. The front camera has a 1.3MP sensor, but the frame rate is quite choppy. Pictures clicked with the 1.3-megapixel front camera are very grainy. The camera user interface is like that most stock Android smartphones. Overall, on the camera front, this smartphone leaves a lot to be desired. Shutter speed was pretty quick with the One Touch Idol Ultra letting us take shots in quick succession, although the results were not quite as stellar.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is a nice looking smartphone for the mid-range consumer, which has almost all the design elements that most premium smartphones offer. It lacks the 3.5 mm audio jack and carrying the bundled jack with you is inconvenient. Also, not being unable to utilize a SD card slot to expand memory. I think the front camera needs improvement and be able to support 1080p HD.

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