BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Looking to change your smartphone? Search no longer, young padawan and head on over to the Mobile World Congress. This year’s MWC features some great handsets, along with sleek and dazzling gadgets. Even Alcatel showcases Idol 4 and 4S at MWC, two new smartphones packed with all kind of surprises.
So, what’s the deal with Alcatel? I mean, why should we buy a smartphone from Alcatel, when Apple’s about to release the 7S series? Well, the price versus performance ratio is a good answer. The tech company is quite renowned at producing high-quality handsets at cheap prices
There’s a lesson was a lesson to be learned with Idol 3: you can buy decent handsets without selling your kidneys. And it would seem that the tech company made the same decision when it released the new handsets. According to Alcatel, the Idol 4 will be released on the market in the second quarter of the year, at a retail price of 280 euros, followed by Idol 4S which will cost around 450 euros.
Let’s take a closer look at the two smartphones. According to the specs posted on Alcatel’s official page, the Idol 4 features a 5.2-inch FHD display, capable of rendering images at a maximum resolution of 1080 x 1920. In terms of running apps, the handset comes equipped with the latest Snapdragon 617 processor, featuring eight individual cores, 3GB of RAM, and an internal storage of 16 GB.
However, if you feel that the storage is too small, you can always stick a microSD in the phone, and crank up its storage capacity to 512 GB. Picture-wise, the Idol 4 features a 13 MP back camera and an 8MP frontal camera. The whole shebang is powered by 2610 mAh battery which ensures that the phone won’t die on you too soon.
Well, if you thought that the Idol 4 is impressive, wait until you read about his more expensive brother. The Idol 4S features a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and it is powered by the 652 Snapdragon processor. 4S also features 3GB of RAM but has a larger internal storage (32GB), which can be expanded up to 512 GB.
Idol 4S features a 16MP back camera and an 8GB frontal camera, and the setup is powered by a 3000 mAh battery. Furthermore, the handset comes along with its very own VR headset and with the promise that Alcatel is working on more VR-enabled applications.
The overall design remains basically the same as in the case of Idol 3, with slight variances. Also, introduce a configurable button on the side called the “Boom Button”. The phone also pack a pair of JBL headphones for an enhanced musical experience.
Alcatel showcases Idol 4 and 4s at MWC, two decent smartphones that pack a lot under the hood.