Alcatel, formerly known as Alcatel OneTouch, has announced two new Android 6.0 powered smartphones, Idol 4, and Idol 4S, both of which showcase impressive hardware at a price which will give competition to existing smartphones in the market.
Idol 4: It comes with a 5.2 inch display @ 1080P, powered by Snapdragon 617 processor, X8 LTE, WiFi AC connectivity, 2610 mAh battery pack, 3GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, microSD support, 8 MP front camera, and a 13 MP rear shooter.
Idol 4S: It comes with a 5.5 inch Super Amoled display @ 4K display, powered by Snapdragon 652 processor, X8 LTE, WiFi AC connectivity, 2610 mAh battery pack, 3GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, microSD support, 8 MP front camera, and a 16 MP rear shooter.
Alcatel has included a nifty feature in both the phones. They call it “The Book key”. Its actually a button which by looks resembles power buttons on Sony’s phones, but differentiate itself that it can be programmed. You an use it for taking picture, optimise audio sound with just a simple press. As of now it can only change to pre-defined actions. We may though see this opening to user base customisation later. The second interesting feature is the support of basic VR. If you have one of those Google Cardboards, this can be used for some fun.
Both the phones will come with Gold, Metal Silver, Dark Gray, and Rose Gold. One thing that is missing, if you keep the trend in mind, is the fingerprint sensor which comes in most of the phones these days. The phone maker will also include JBL branded headphones to keep the offer cheesy.
The company is expected to release the phones in second quarter of this year with approximate pricing of 450 Euros for Idol 4S, and 280 Euros for Idol 4.