Alcatel’s Idol X+
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Alcatel. A name synonymous with the aftermath of losing a more expensive mobile for most, and definitely not one associated with incredibly fast, mid range smartphones with eight core processors. Until now.
Alcatel, or Alcatel Onetouch if we’re going to be picky, are pioneering a new range of smartphones which are set to change some of the conceptions of the company from budget phone creator (of course, they’re not going to stop making those…) to one with a little more distinction. Indeed the new range from the company has a few perks and a lot more speed than the average budget phone.
Four phones are to be introduced in the new range, which will be sold on Amazon for starters. There’s the Idol Alpha, Idol X+ and the Idol 2S, as well as the less pricey Pop C3.
The Idol Alpha, the first of the four, is the most expensive of the four, featuring a 4.7-inch screen with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor running things. There’s also a pretty decent 13.1MP rear camera, a front mounted 1.3MP selfie camera and a 2000mAh battery. Not bad specs for £285, plus it has a cool feature where the exterior band of the phone changes colour depending on what you’re doing with it.
The second phone is the Idol X+, the octo core monster we’ve been yakking about. Expect a 5-inch 1080p screen, plus that 2GHz octa-core processor, with the same 13.1MP camera (although there’s no selfie snapper) and a 2500mAh battery. It’ll set you back £259.99, and for the price doesn’t seem too bad. Whether the performance is as good as the specs make out is for you to find out.
Back to the midrange of the midrange, the Idol 2S is a more chilled out device, sporting 4.7-inch HD display, 4G connectivity, and a quad-core processor. Also slapped on are a 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP selfie camera. It’ll set you back £209.99. Interesting to not the unique features on each of these phones, no one has the same bits which is nice.
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To continue Alcatel’s reputation for selling phones for the budget consumer, the non-Idol Pop C3 is a smaller affair, with just a 1.3GHz dual-core processor, a 3MP rear camera and a VGA front selfie cam (crikey) and 1300mAh battery. You can get the Pop C3 for exactly £63.86, just a few notes and a bus fare, basically.
That’s all for Alcatel’s cool new range of less than expensive phones, which all come with Android installed out of the box, and you might say that the company is experiencing a renaissance with this great new range of phones. Will you buy one though?