For many years Apple has been a synonym of premium quality in electronics industry and an example to follow by other smartphone and tablet makers. There will never be another Apple, obviously, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t try to get a little closer to Apple standards. Apparently Alcatel thinks that it can. The company has decided to takes on iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch OneTouch Idol 3 smartphones.
Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3
New Alcatel Idol 3 phones have screens of exactly the same size as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, that is 4.7 and 5.5 inches, but otherwise are quite different from Apple’s devices. Both OneTouch Idol 3 smartphones are equipped with powerful 13-megapixel main cameras and JBL audio with Clari-Fi technology which should enhance audio quality significantly.
The handsets will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and include a unique “reversible” feature, allowing the interface to adjust whether you pick up the phone upside down or right-side up.
The larger phone offers 1080p resolution and is powered by a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. It also includes a hefty 2,910 mAh battery and an impressive 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smaller handset comes with a 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM and a 2,000 mAh battery. Front-facing camera is of 5-megapixel variety which is still more than enough to guarantee high-quality selfies.
In all fairness we have to admit that as far as specs are concerned, Alcatel’s new Idol phones are somewhat below the latest iPhones, but that’s not really the point. It was never Alcatel’s goal to release iPhone clones. The aim was to make great designed phones that would focus on photographic and audio experience and in this aspect both phones deliver, at least in theory.
In practice we will be able to find out whether the 3rd generation of OneTouch Idol devices manages to live up to expectations when they are available for purchase. At this moment we don’t know when it’s going to happen. We do know, however, that the handsets will arrive in the US unlocked through Alcatel’s store priced under $200 and $250 for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model, respectively.