Cricket Wireless has just announced that is about to expand its portfolio by another solid affordable Android smartphone. Targeting the US market, the Alcatel Idol 5 will be Cricket Wireless exclusive offering. The phone will on sale in October 27th priced under $200 and will be offered alongside with a new VR headset called the UNI360 VR Goggles. Dressed in premium metal body, the handset is equipped with a package of decent specs that overall bring great value for the low price. All these makes the Idol 5 a perfect companion for those looking for mobile VR experience that won’t break the budget.
Alcatel Idol 5 for Cricket delivers solid specs, metal body and VR experience. All of these can be yours for less than $200.
Alcatel Idol 5
Despite its pretty low pricing, the Alcatel Idol 5 looks and feels like an expensive flagship. The metal body with polished aluminum edges and curved glass front looks extremely neat. Although the US-oriented variant of the phone speaks the same design language as the released some time ago European model, there are several differences concerning specs, the biggest of which is the amount of RAM. To reduce the price point the manufacturer decided to downgrade the US model by replacing original 3GB RAM with 2GB RAM.
Powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P20 processor clocked at 2.35GHz, the phone should deal well with multitasking, while a 5.2-inch full HD screen panel covered with scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3 delivers high-quality viewing. As for optics, they come represented by a combination of a 12MP camera with dual-tone flash and an 8MP sensor in charge of selfies. 32GB of built-in storage can be easily expanded when considered insufficient.
One of the key features (except for the metal shell naturally) allowing the Idol 5 to stand out of the crowd is the fact that it’s VR capable. Sold separately the UNI360 VR Goggle with a 120-degree field of view, ample cushioning, and integrated controls and adjustment knob for focusing come as a guaranty of immersive VR experience. What’s more the headset is compatible with almost any smartphone with 5 to 6-inch displays. But for most users wanting to experience 360 videos and photos, the Idol 5 and UNI360 VR should be enough. Furthermore, to enhance the VR and watching experience even more, Alcatel equipped the phone with dual front-firing speakers projecting audio towards you and a traditional headphone jack.
As you see, kept alive by a 2,850 mAh battery with quick charging support, the Idol 5 provides its potential users with a balance package of specs that won’t break the bank. The only disadvantage of the Idol 5 is that it lacks a fingerprint scanner. Frankly speaking, it’s quite disappointing as this technology may be often found in considerably cheaper devices.
Pricing & Availability
Speaking of the pricing, starting October 27th Cricket Wireless will offer the phone for $199, while for extra $49 you will be able to purchase the UNI360 VR Goggles. All in all, $250 isn’t too much as for a device allowing you to immerse in Virtual Reality.