07 Sep Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3
Alcatel Mobile Phones is a brand that is now entirely owned by the Chinese TCL Communication Corporation. While Alcatel is still by name associated with Alcatel-Lucent, the French giant has sold all their shares in the mobile phone business to the TCL. Alcatel is trying to enter the smartphone market in style by providing top level quality and performance for a comparably low price. Several Alcatel smartphone series have been successful in the past, but one of the most well-known series is the Alcatel OneTouch Idol, currently available in the third incarnation, whereby a 4.7 inch and a 5.5 inch version exist.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a solid smartphone in the 4.7 inch version, but an excitingly awesome smartphone in the 5.5 inch version. The 5.5 inch version has an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with an approximate 72.7% screen to body ratio at a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a 401 ppi pixel density.Inside is the awesome 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 with the Adreno 405 GPU. You have the choice of 16 GB or 32 GB internal memory, expandable per microSD, as well as 2 GB RAM. Operating system is factory installed Android 5.0 Lollipop, besides the custom skin, there seems to be no proprietary UI installed.
The little and cheaper brother is a 4.7 inch smartphone with a display resolution of 720 x 1280, whcih bring the pixel density to still nice 312 ppi. Inside is a smaller quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 with the Adreno 306 GPU. You can choose between an 8 GB and a 16 GB internal storage model, there is a microSD slot as well, but only 1.5 GB RAM – still more than sufficient. Both sized models, the 4.7 inch and the 5.5 inch, have the same primary camera installed, a 13 MP F/2.0 4128 x 3096 pixels resolution, autofocus and LED flash. The secondary camera is 8 MP on the bigger model, 5 MP on the smaller model, both with wide angle.
Alcatel attempts to conquer the currently very popular mid-range niche of the smartphone marketplace, where there are plenty of new phones arriving almost daily. It is always a good idea to shop around and compare smartphones before you purchase one, but out of the currently available pile, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 with the 5.5 inch screen is most certainly worth the while. The less expensive 4.7 inch model is not quite cheap enough, given the fact that there are still some HTC One M7 floating around. Alcatel seems to make a good effort here, the whole marketplace is getting more interesting by the second. It remains to be seen how the broad public will embrace the newly returned competitor, as already mentioned, Alcatel is worth checking out.