Alcatel is making its newest flagship device, the Idol 4S, available for preordering starting at 8 AM PT on July 15th of this year by way of the phone maker’s official website, for a price of $350 (retail at $400). On top of that, Alcatel is also offering an installment payment arrangement that allows mobile users to grab hold of the Idol 4S at $37 a month.
As far as packaging goes, the Idol 4S’ is quite peerless. The device will arrive in a plastic box that is part virtual reality headset and part holder for the included accessories, which include JBL headphones, display screen protector, and protective Incipio case. The virtual reality goggles for the Idol 4S may be reminiscent of Samsung’s Gear VR, but there are actually some subtle differences -- Alcatel’s comes with touch controls on the bottom section (instead of the right side in the Gear VR), plus its head strap is fitted with a cushioned back piece which allows for more comfortable wearing.
For those not familiar with the Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone, it features a 5.5 inch AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1,440 by 2,560 pixels and pixel density of 534 pixels per inch. This is flanked by a 16 megapixel camera on the rear side (with 4K video recording capabilities) as well as an 8 megapixel camera on the front side (with flash).
With regards to hardware specifications, Alcatel’s Idol 4S boasts a 1.8 GigaHertz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 eight core chip set, supported with 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 gigabytes of built in memory, plus a micro SD card slot that allows for storage expansion up to 512 gigabytes. The smartphone is also equipped with a 3,000 mAh battery (nonremovable lithium ion), which delivers up to 13 hours of talk time and 17 days in stand by mode. Software wise, the Idol 4S is powered by Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Moreover, unlike the international variant of the device, the version launching in the US mobile market will feature a fingerprint reader on the rear side.
In terms of pricing, Alcatel’s Idol 4S will likely compete with ZTE’s Axon 7 and the OnePlus 3, both of which are already available in the market for $400. The ZTE Axon 7 and the OnePlus 3 both feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, and users may be wondering if the Alcatel Idol 4S’ Snapdragon 652 chip can hold its own.
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