Alcatel has officially announced its two new flagship smartphones in the ‘Idol’ series, the Idol 4 and Idol 4S, just ahead of MWC (next week). Also, the company has decided to drop the ONETOUCH branding and will start operating under the ALCATEL brand name.

"Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S flagship smartphones"

Both these phones come with quite similar design – metal frame, glass back and in-mold spin-effect texture. They are reversible in three ways. “The interface rights itself no matter if the users picks it up right side up or upside down. In addition, it is reversible left to right: stereo sound is always on the correct side, even when the phone is flipped. And the strategically placed speaker grille ensures that sound is unobstructed, whether the phone is facing up or turned over,” said Alcatel.

"Alcatel BoomKey"

Another innovation to the series is a new physical button, which is called the BoomKey. It is mapped to do a whole bunch of interesting things across the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, some admittedly more logical than others. “Boom my camera” for instance is a quick way to shoot photos from standby and “Boom my music” promises audio optimization, no matter what is playing (although it raises the question why would you want to have it off). “Boom my videos” introduces “surprising effects in existing videos”, “Boom my game” releases Nitro in Asphalt games and “Boom my view” intensifies the 3D parallax effect in the launcher.

Alcatel has patterned with JBL and Waves for a superior audio experience, combined with powerful dual 3.6 watt speakers, NXP’s TFA9890 Smart Power Amplifier, Hi-Fi surround-sound for the headset and optimization of audio presets both automatically and manually.

"Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S smartphones"

Alcatel Idol 4 Specifications:

  • 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS LTPS display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 64-bit SoC with 1.7GHz Octa-Core CPU
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 200GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Precog UI (Touch-less control), Live UI, Parallax UI
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4G LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS, NFC, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
  • FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual stereo speakers (2 x 3.6W), Smart PA (Power Amplifier) TFA9890, BOOM Key Experience Booster
  • 13 MP ultrafast auto-focus (0.1-0.3 seconds) rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 1080p video recording
  • 8 MP front camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 2610mAh built-in battery with fast charging
  • Dimensions: 147 × 72.5 × 7.1mm
  • Weight: 135 grams
  • Colors: Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Gold, Metal Silver
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"Alcatel IDOL 4 android smartphone"

Alcatel Idol 4S Specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 64-bit SoC with 1.8GHz Octa-Core CPU
  • Adreno 510 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 200GB via microSD card
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Precog UI (Touchless control), Live UI, Parallax UI
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (dual standby)
  • 4G LTE Cat.6, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS, NFC, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG
  • FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual stereo speakers (2 x 3.6W), Smart PA (Power Amplifier) TFA9890, BOOM Key Experience Booster
  • 16 MP phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 4K video recording
  • 8MP front camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording
  • 3000mAh built-in battery with fast charging
  • Dimensions: 153.9 × 75.4 × 6.99mm
  • Weight: 149 grams
  • Colors: Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Gold, Metal Silver

"Alcatel Idol 4s android smartphone"

The Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone comes with an innovative packaging design that transforms into a pair of virtual reality goggles offering an immersive 360-degree viewing and gaming. Both these smartphones will be showcased during the MWC 2016 from February 22nd to 25th.