In the recent MWC 2015 Event in Barcelona, Alcatel Onetouch has announced their latest flagship of mobile device: the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. Most people would think that Alcatel provides low-end devices that are like everybody else. But scrap that thought now as their latest flagship is a high-end smartphone. As the phone will be sold under US$250, it seems like they will be going through with a strategy of selling high-end phones at a low cost – something that’s been followed by Chinese giants XiaoMi, Huawei, and Oppo.
Idol 3 will be released in a pair: one with larger screen size and the other, with a smaller size. The larger one, as compared with the smaller screen one, has a 5.5-inch screen, will have a full 1080p display, has a faster a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor, have a larger battery capacity, 2GB RAM memory, as well as16GB internal storage that is upgradeable. It will also have an 8MP front-facing camera.
The smaller sized one comes in 4.7-inch screen size. It will have 720p instead of the full 1080p display, packed with quad-core Snapdragon 400 series chip. As compared with the 5.5-inch ones, they will have smaller battery capacity, less RAM of 1GB and 16GB internal storage that is upgradeable. Instead of 8MP, they will have 5MP of front-facing camera.
However, both sides will have a 13MP rear camera with wide-aperture lenses, along with LED flashes. Both will also have dual front-facing speakers by JBL, along with 2 microphones – something not commonly seen on devices. The 2 microphones allow you to pick the phone up in any orientation, and thus allowing you to answer calls with any direction of the phone – the speakers and micrphones will rotate like how the ROM’s 180 degrees rotation feature works. Both are also very sleek and thin – they’re about 7.5mm thin. Both sizes will run on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, along with Alcatel’s customized user interface.
The main selling point, though, is the price for the devices. For 5.5-inch, it will be sold for under US$250 (MYR911), whilst the smaller one will be sold under US$200 (MYR728). Both devices will be sold through Alcatel’s online store in the US, unlocked, and can support LTE on AT&T or T-Mobile. It is also the first flagship of devices that Alcatel chose to bring to US.
Alcatel promised that the device will have bright, laminated displays powered and tuned by Technicolor, fast performance, loud speakers, and with clean and attractive designs.
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