Alcatel One Touch Idol X Review

Call quality

The Idol X sports a very good earpiece, with clean and strong sound coming out, without any distortions even at the highest volume. The two noise-canceling microphones weed out the surrounding noise very well, and picked our voice loud and clear to relay to the other side, with only intermittent static noises present.


The sealed 2000 mAh unit capacity is nothing to write home about in this day and age, but Alcatel cites 12 hours of talk time with it in 3G mode, which is a number above the average. Standby is less than typical, though, at about 10 days, since the handset has to maintain two network connections at once. Nevertheless, we didn't notice any unusual overnight drain with the Idol X, and it easily got us through the day with our typical workload, leaving some juice for the night still.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X
5h 16 min (Poor)
HTC Butterfly S
5h 48 min (Average)


Alcatel has managed to produce an excellent handset with the One Touch Idol X – it is the thinnest, lightest and one of the cheapest 5” handsets with Full HD displays, which are all the rage these days.

With the Idol X you get a luminant 1080 x1920 pixel display, fine photos and videos, and a good call quality, which is pretty important for a dual SIM handset. All of this is wrapped up in a compact and elegant package that eases one-handed operation.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more affordable Full HD 5-incher with about the only so-so point being the relatively weak MedaiTek chipset. Barring the dual SIM version of the HTC One for China, the Idol X is also the most equipped dual SIM phone out there, and it will definitely ring you cheaper than HTC's flagship.

Even the single SIM version is worth its about $350 asking price, while with a dual SIM option the phone becomes unstoppable, one of the best Android values for the money. The dual SIM Oppo R819 is a prime competitor for a similar price, but it is about as big as the Idol X, yet with a smaller display and lower resolution.

Software version: 4.2.2-01001


  • Very light, compact and affordable 5-incher
  • Excellent Full HD display
  • Hot-swap dual SIM support
  • Good call quality


  • Weak processor for graphically intensive tasks

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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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