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Hands-On With The Alcatel Idol 4 And 4S (MWC 2016)

The Alcatel [One Touch] Idol 3 [4.7/5.5] was an excellent budget smartphone for 2015. It had an exceptional camera for its price, a great screen, front-facing speakers, and surprisingly decent battery life. It was also more than a bit slow, and it still hasn't been updated to Android 5.1. The Idol 4 and 4S succeed their predecessors with a look back to what those phones did right, but also looking forward to hopefully resolve what they didn't.


The Idol 4S is undoubtedly the more interesting handset, because it's the one with more stuff. An all-new Snapdragon 652 processor that is shaping up to be quite powerful, a 5.5" 2K Super AMOLED display, a 16MP camera with 4K video, dual speakers, an 8MP front-facing camera with its own LED flash, Android 6.0.1, and a sleek new metal and glass body make it clear that Alcatel isn't sleeping at the wheel.

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The New Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 And 4S Are Packaged Inside A VR Headset

MWC 2016 is set to begin in just two days, and Alcatel has now officially unveiled its two new flagships: the OneTouch Idol 4 and the OneTouch Idol 4S. Both phones show off the best Alcatel has to offer — with their premium build and latest generation specs — but one of the more unexpected features of the new OneTouch Idols may actually be the packaging of the phones. This might not be entirely new to most of our readers, but the box in which both the Idol 4 and Idol 4S come in doubles as a virtual reality headset.


During our hands-on time with both phones, we also had the chance to play around with the VR viewer: it's a lot like Google Cardboard but, well, without the cardboard part.

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S Packaging Will Allegedly Morph Into A Google Cardboard Viewer

Alcatel's unannounced Idol 4S and Idol 4 leaked via its own website recently, but it's not just the phones that are important this time; the packaging is also of note. According to Evan "@evleaks" Blass at Venture Beat, the Idol 4S packaging will double as a Google Cardboard viewer.

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Unannounced Alcatel Idol 4 And 4S Leak In [Lots Of] Detail On Support Site Ahead Of Launch

It looks like Alcatel's MWC launch plans have been spoiled a bit, based on a couple of leaked support pages on the company's website just tipped to us. The Idol 4 and 4S follow up the rather nice Alcatel Idol 3 with beefed-up specifications all around. Though we don't have much in the way of visuals, we do have a lot of information.


The Idol 4 and 4S will have 5.2 and 5.5" screens, respectively, with the 4S clearly being the up-market device of the two. It has a brand-new Snapdragon 652 octacore processor, Quad HD Super AMOLED display, 3000mAh battery, and 16MP camera with dual-tone flash and something called an "8MP slow motion sub-camera" - whatever that means (maybe it's referring to front-facing).

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Alcatel Announces The Ruggedized GO PLAY Smartphone And GO WATCH Smart Watch

Alcatel Onetouch has been working to become more than a purveyor of mega-cheap devices that lurk in the back of carrier shops. The Idol 3 was a step in the right direction, and now there are two new devices in Alcatel's portfolio, the GO PLAY and GO WATCH. One is a phone and the other is a watch. Can you guess which is which?

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The 4.7-Inch Alcatel Idol 3 Will Be Available In The US And Canada On August 14th For $179.99

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 has been a popular mid-range phone since it came out a few months ago, and now the company is making good on its promise to sell a smaller version as well. The 4.7-inch Idol 3 doesn't have the same specs as its bigger brother, but it's also much cheaper. You can pick one up from Alcatel's site this Friday too.

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[Deal Alert] Get An Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 And Onetouch Watch Bundle For $299 ($100 Off)

Alcatel is running a new promotion today for the back-to-school season, and it looks like a good one. For a limited time, you can get an Idol 3 smartphone and a Onetouch Watch for $299. The phone by itself is $250, so you're effectively only paying $50 for the watch.

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Alcatel Makes The 5.5-Inch OneTouch Idol 3 Available For Pre-Order Temporarily Priced At $200

Alcatel has made the OneTouch Idol 3 available for pre-order, and it's giving buyers a hefty discount. Anyone who places an order in the next couple of days can get the device for $199.99 from Alcatel's website or Amazon. That's a discount of $50 off what the phone will go for on these two sites. The phone will cost $279.99 if you buy it from anyone else.


The OneTouch Idol 3 is a good amount of phone for the money. This is the larger, 5.5-inch model, which comes with a Snapdragon 615. This processor helps the phone manage a full 1920 by 1080 screen resolution, and it's helped along by 2GB of RAM and a 2,910mAh battery.

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The Alcatel Onetouch HERO 2+ Is Coming To North America With Cyanogen OS For $299 Unlocked

Alcatel Onetouch is not a huge brand in North America, but it's about to get a boost. The company's HERO 2+ smartphone is the next device to be graced with Cyanogen OS, and it's coming to the US and Canada for $299 unlocked with LTE. If you want a phablet, but don't want to pay phablet prices, this might be for you.

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[Hands-On] Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 - An Affordable Lollipop Phone You Might Actually Want, In Two Sizes

If there's ever been a persistent comment on Android Police in the last couple of years, it's that powerful smartphones are just too damn big these days. The Nexus 6 is gigantic, and 5.2"+ is quickly becoming standard smartphone size. Finding a good, inexpensive phone that isn't too large isn't impossible, but it's probably not as easy as it should be.

So, that's where Alcatel comes in. Yes, Alcatel has a reputation for making some of the slowest, cheapest, and least likeable prepaid phone fare here in the US, but in China and around the world, Alcatel does offer a pretty large portfolio of handsets.

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