During MWC we get to see impressive products from well known manufacturers but, sometimes we received pleasant surprises when someone else add an excellent option to a really crowded market.

This was the case with Alcatel, a company that recently has started to rise to become a really competitive option on the budget segment. And this time they do it with their new iteration of the Idol series plus an added bonus.

Enter the Idol 4 and Idol 4S

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This new pair of good looking phones, come really well packed to fight on its segment, with good specs and impressive outside both devices are expected to shine later on.

So let’s take a look at those specs:

Alcatel Idol 4S

  • 5.5” QHD AMOLED (1440 x 2560)
  • Snapdragon 652
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16MP rear cam capable of 2K video recording and an 8MP front cam w/ flash
  • Dual stereo speakers (2 x 3.6 Watts)
  • 32GB of storage with microSD support
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Alcatel Idol 4

  • 5.2” FHD IPS (1080 x 1920)
  • Snapdragon 617
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP rear cam with just 1080p video and an 8MP front camera
  • Dual stereo speakers (2 x 3.6 Watts)
  • 16GB of storage with microSD support
  • 2610 mAh Battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Both phones support quick charging and full LTE connectivity.

The added bonus is that this two comes in a retail box that transforms into a VR headset to use with your new phone


Apart from that both have a called “Boom Key” on one side of the phone that you can customize to do lots of things, from start playing music to launch the camera.


BOOM ME UP! The Boom Key Delivers Augmented Experience

Boom my camera: Instantly takes photos on standby mode pressing and holding the button puts the camera into burst mode to take photos in quick succession.

Boom my gallery: Artistically shuffles the photos in the gallery for instant sharing as a photo collage or a short slideshow. 

Boom my videos: Generates immediate, surprising effects in existing videos, such as replaying the previous one second of the video three times, or changing the playback speed. When a user is recording a video, pressing the Boom Key will immediately broadcast the video live. 

Boom my music: Conceived by ALCATEL and creatively engineered by Waves, the audio experience is automatically optimized across all media with simply one touch. The bass, loudness and clarity of the sound is enhanced, enriching the whole user experience.

Boom my game: Asphalt fans will love how the Boom Key amps up their race by releasing the Nitro and boosting the car speed. It also boosts the audio experience by increasing the volume and adding spatial sound reproduction. 

Boom my view: Creates a more intense 3D effect (parallax UI effect) for the launcher and a stunning, live weather display as part of the homescreen.

Aside, following the steps of it older sibling, the couple is capable of the reverse functionality so you will always have the right side of the phone, whereas you want to use the screen or the speakers no matter what side you choose is always going to work on that direction.

As you can see both are impressive phones the question is, are those phone well priced?

Well, the Idol 4 will cost 270€ while the 4S will cost something around the 500€ tag.

Would you take one when they become available on April? Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuner for more MWC16 coverage



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