Alcatel Idol 4 and 4S hands-on (MWC 2016)

by birtanpublished on December 4, 2020

Hey everybody this is Dave with Android police and we are taking our first look at the Alcatel idol 4 & 4s these phone succeeds the idol 3 which had a 4.7 and 5.5 inch version to start with Agata was releasing a 5.2 and 5.5 inch phone that being 4 and 4s and these phones are you know very much they seem to me pretty much ground-up redesigns but of a similar take and style of the original devices so I'm holding the 4s here which is a larger device and if you read our leak you know it has a quad HD display a Snapdragon 650 – octa-core chipset it has a 13 or 16 megapixel rear camera it has a 8 megapixel front camera

With front-facing flash which is interesting it has 32 gigs of storage it has 3 gigabytes of RAM a 3000 milliamp hour battery and it does support quick charge 2.0 now we also knew it Ryan Android 6.0 it's running six Auto dot one right here this is an early build so not everything is up and running completely yet but as you can take a look here it is 6.0.1 and it has the february first security patch so this is very recent version of Android which is always a good thing so what's really new and interesting about the phone well the original Idol 4 had very little idol 3

Excuse me had these great front dazing speakers you know everybody loves front-facing speakers if they can get them on the phone what Alcatel is done with the new phones is the speakers also have rear firing ports so the idea here is if you put the phone face down on a surface the speaker's will still be quite loud because they the front ports are then blocked by the surface that these speakers are on alternatively if you are holding the phone like this cupping your hands as most people do when they're watching a video with their phone at least in landscape mode the

Rear ports will be blocked and the volume of the front ports will be expanded or increased now these are powerful speakers they are quite loud I wonder if I could just do a quick demo here right now I'm wearing a lapel mic so it's maybe not all that loud but trust me the speakers are very loud especially when you've got it facedown on the table it's quite impressive there 3.6 watt speakers so there they're pretty impressive that's definitely a cool feature it's a the whole rear firing thing is awesome I

Think at least so that you can you know use your phone in that way if you so desire it still has just like the idol 3 did the microphone on the top and a microphone on the bottom which is you to use the phone for phone calls either facing right side up or upside down which is neat what else is going on here with the idol 4s it's like I said it's got that new Snapdragon 650 – chipset and is running a quad HD display and here in this demo environment it seems reasonably quick I'm not gonna say it's crazy fast but the Snapdragon

650 – is largely similar to Snapdragon 808 in many regards and that that's that chips that's definitely capable of powering a 2k display like this one so I wouldn't be terribly concerned about that obviously we'd have to review it spend some time with the decide if it really is as fast as it appears here in this demo environment which isn't always a great way to test a phone speed but it seems pretty decent to me here so far the $3,000 our battery combines 652 chipset I'm not sure how it's gonna stack up with battery life with a 5.8 5.5 inch quad HD screen we'll have to

Wait and see and that battery's obviously fixed in place like the idol 3 you do get a microSD slot it's in the sim slot here and with marshmallow you can actually use that my Christie slot or something which is good other features of phone Alcatel has this VR headset which is off over in a corner over there unfortunately not in the frame right now but they're releasing many details about it but in some markets the phone the idol 4 and 4s may actually the box the product retail box may actually be a VR headset which is pretty cool but Alcatel is not

Committing on when and where and how that's going to work exactly but the the whole VR viewer ideas need to and unfortunately we don't have a chance to actually try out the VR experience here just yet so let's move on to the idol 4 that's holding for us the 4 is obviously smaller device has a 5.2 inch display as opposed to the 5.5 inch of the 4s and has a snapdragon 617 processor same chips that you'll find in the HTC One a9 now what don't you get on this that you do get on the 4s well it has a 13 megapixel rear camera as opposed to the 16 megapixel on the 4s though notably

The camera on the regular four is completely flush with the back which is always nice whereas with the 4s there's a slight bulge you do get the same 3.6 watt speakers with the same back firing ports that you do get on the 4s you get the same 8 megapixel front-facing wide-angle camera with the flash which is which is neat for sure and you get you also get 16 gigabytes storage on the squares with 4s you get 32 2u bytes of ram vs. 3 on the 4s and a 5.2 inch 1080p LCD panel versus the 2k Super AMOLED on the 4s and those are really the main points where this phone comes down

Market and then obviously the snapdragon 617 is a notably slower and less good set than the new 652 unfortunately the 6:17 like I said is the chain same chips that you'll find in the one a9 which on marshmallow runs are reasonably well but me it's easy to encounter performance roadblocks and I imagine that's probably going to be the same issue on this phone not to say that it makes a phone unusable or anything it's just something to know but overall you get really most of the features you do on the 4s with the four and of course

This all comes down to so what are these phones gonna cost and we don't know we also know when they're coming out so presumably they're going to cost more than the idol 3 Alcatel has said that much you can expect these to be more expensive than the idol 3 for that 75.5 respectively for the 4 and 4s and that really goes into also with something I forgot to mention the the metal unibody is they're using now in these phones as you can see it has a bit of a samsung galaxy s6 kind of vibe going on here with a glass back and then the metal frame surround you also get a excuse me

I was I going to say there's three colors available so you've got this gold version and you've got this this dark gray version here you can see all three of them right here actually so you got three colors which are bit Apple esque I actually I like the dark gray version the gunmetal I think it's the nicest looking of them and to round out our video here I'm just gonna get to the one feature I had neglected to mention which is the programmable sine key something a lot of people really do you asked we're on smartphones but that you know has kind

Of fallen out of popularity in recent years so all Kyle calls it the boom key may not be called that in America it may not also look like you can't see in this video probably but it looks like a little traffic sign the logo on it the boom key can be set up to launch the camera and take a quick picture to take burst photos I wonder if it said take a picture on this one nope so it's not fully working yet in these test builds so it will be when it launches but like you could hold it down and there it goes it's gonna take a burst photo if I hold down the camera button which is handy a

Lot of people do ask for this kind of functionality and you can set it up to do other things like just to turn on the screen and yeah so that is our first look at the Alcatel idol 4 & 4s

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