Alcatel One Touch Idol X Review


The 13 MP shooter on the back of the Idol X is paired with an LED flash, and we get a 2 MP camera at the front with something Alcatel calls Emotishots, which takes four slow successive photos of your expression, giving you the time to adjust for the perfect selfie to rival Miley Cyrus. There is also a Beauty Face option with the Full HD front-facing cam, that smooths out skin tones and removes blemishes.

The camera app interface is very intuitive, and with a transparent background so you can always follow the frame in front of your lens. There are HDR, Panorama, 360, Night and Sports shooting modes, while from the more advanced settings only ISO (up to 1600) and exposure adjustment sliders are present. There aren't any color effects to apply if you are into those, so you'd have to probe the Play Store for a 3rd party app.

The pictures come out with appealing, oversaturated colors. There aren't any glaring white balance or exposure calculation issues, so overall the phone takes pretty good photos when there's enough light to shine on the scene. However, the amount of detail is somewhat lower than what we'd expect from a 13 MP shooter.

Alcatel says that the “Super Macro” lens keep objects sharp from as close as 5cm (2”) but in reality we got sharp results from about 10cm (4”), which is still a quite decent result.

When it gets dark the photos come out rather noisy and a tad blurry, though nothing out of the ordinary for a phone camera, and we'd recommend to turn on the Night mode for better low-light results.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 3.5
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HTC Butterfly S 3.4
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Video gets captured with Full HD 1080p resolution and fluid 30fps. It exhibits the same oversaturation as the stills, making the footage look more vivid than it actually is. Exposure adjustments while panning around happen quickly, and the handset supports continuous autofocus, though shifting the focus back and forth between a close object and the background happens within two or three seconds sometimes.


The gallery sports grid thumbnail view, and offers a rich variety of photo enhancement and editing options built into the interface. You can share its content through no less than 13 different services, including Evernote and OfficeSuite's Wi-Fi Direct option.

Music playback is categorized by artists, albums, genres and playlists in the player interface, and there are a bunch of equalizer presets to apply. The “Bass Boost” and faux surround “3D Sound” options are only available to you when you plug in the headset. We get a pretty decent loudspeaker with the Idol X, despite the slim body, which is strong and sounds relatively clean.

Video playback support is stellar, with DivX/Xvid/MKV files all playing without a hitch in up to 1080p resolutions. The player itself is rather barebone, though, with just an extra loop function, so we'd recommend to quickly pawn off the video footage playback to 3rd party Play Store apps.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 0.37
HTC Butterfly S 0.35
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 74
HTC Butterfly S 78



1. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Weak processor? Seems like you sir are just spoiled by those ultra blazingly fast SoCs.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It is weak by late 2013 standards. Performance is always relative to competition.

4. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

It is weak by 2013 standarts, however still very fast. This phone has 4 A7 cores which means that it will be very power efficient while still have power. I have a SGS1 with A8 core at 1 GHz and running almost every app I have very smoothly, and A7 core has 10% worse instruction per cycle/ per core on the same clock than A8 so if the A7 is clocked at 1.5 GHz it will have 6 times better performance than my SGS1, while taking only a little more energy, so if my SGS1 runs just fine (with a little help from XDA) on 1GHz A8, I am sure that this phone will also run just fine. Almost every phone today has a great performance, A7 can do 1900 MIPS at 1GHz and Xbox 360 processor can do 2000 MIPS at 1 GHz and A15 can do 3500 MIPS on 1 GHz, so todays CPUs in phones should be more than sufficient for everything you throw at it. If an app is lagging, the cause of the lag is in most cases lack of optimization, not lack of power. Also this phone is an awesome deal. The best phone for that price, maybe except nexus 4 in google play countries :).

6. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Yes but in the 2014 world, when you at the processor capacity of the single digit cellular device, you can obviously tell that the nanofabrication methods are vastly superior to 2013 methods. In this case, the Iphone 5s, with its security system and the leftist political climate of this era, would prove the ultimate thesis of reality, thus demonstrating the candid desire of those to show their pluralistic views on operating systems. Therefore, this Alcatel phone, built on the superiority of the 7th amendment, shows the 14th political change. You bum.

8. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Exactly. Now even most midrange phones can run every app smooth. It's all about how well the apps are optimized. My zte avid scores over 15300 on antutu. But this phone did the same score with a full hd screen. Pretty good in my book. Don't know how games run but this is enough performance for the average consumer. Even for those nagging teen girls who blae everything on the phone and not the apps.

2. papss unregistered

I'm torn here.. I'm loving what they are doing at the price point with the hardware but the front design is way to similar to every other phone out there. To me this looks like they ripped every nexus since the nexus one. The back looks okay though.

5. monkeytown

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

699 € in germany, lol :D

7. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I am glad you guys did a review on the Alcatel One Touch Idol X PhoneArena! But no video review??

9. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Looks kinda like the Samsung Galaxy S4 (the back)

10. Skipe95

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I cant get to menu, i swiped up from bottom but it doesnt work. Does anyone have slow charching problem with this phone?

11. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aliexpress. Satisfied!

12. chetankasar

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2015

Nice phone only we have to polish it, by adding some launcher like L launcher and have to set up the developer option by reducing animator duration scale.... its work like a feathers or very very smooth....nicephone

13. farhad.ahmad30

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

Alcatel may have its pros and cons. Mostly the people are not satisfied with its battery but I got another brand with me by the name of iDROID USA. I am using iDROID Royal V5 with a 5" OGS IPS display and a 13 MP rear camera, it is a powerhouse in the palm of your hands. Battery timing is super!
OneTouch Idol X
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(12h 3G talk time)

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