Getting a Budget smartphone with average specs isn’t a big deal in the present market. You have many Chinese brands out there offering great specs in low price. Now, Alcatel has come up with Idol 4 smartphone in India with some brilliant specs. If you think this Alcatel Idol 4 is just another budget smartphone offering, you are definitely wrong.
Though it isn’t a great game changer, essentially it is a good smartphone which grabs attention in the market. Interestingly, the device comes with bundled VR headset providing a way for the happening VR experience. As all major mobile manufacturers are up with VR flagships, Alcatel Idol 4 will surely remain unique in the segment. Get into the Alcatel Idol 4 review and know what the smartphone scores with other competitors in the market. The Alcatel Idol 4 price in India is about Rs. 16,999 and is available for sale exclusively on Flipkart.
Design and display:
The designing of the phone is slim, and the combination of metal and glass provides a great built. The design is identical to Blackberry DTEK50, despite the fact that TCL manufactures both. The rear panel of glass and the logo “Alcatel” are the significant visible changes if you compare to DTEK50. Designing of the phone is quite impressive with great looks which come over regular flagship offerings. The smartphone measures 147×72.5×7.1mm and weigh just 135 grams. Alcatel Idol 4 is available in Dark Grey, Gold, and Metal Silver color variants.
The front panel of the device is typical slab without any capacitive buttons either. Rear panel of the phone is of glass with a camera sensor and flash below it on the left corner. The frame of the phone is metallic ensuring a premium feel. On the top, you get a 3.5mm audio out jack and a secondary noise cancellation microphone. The bottom edge of the Idol 4 packs a micro USB port and microphone.
Volume rockers took place on the right side and the power key on the left. You’ll observe a boom button in the center of the right edge and SIM tray below it. Though the power key placement is a bit inconvenient, the sleek factor is the most appealing thing around.
Discussing the 5.2-inch full-HD IPS LTPS display, it offers a resolution of 1080×1920-pixels at a density of 424 ppi. The display also provides multi-touch feature up to 10 fingers. Though nothing is outstanding with the display, it is good considering its performance. You’ll find an excellent touch response while using the keypad. Though the screen is blackish, it is attractive and does offer a great readability even in sunlight as well. The display also represents graphics appropriately with a great balance between colors and tint.
Alcatel Idol 4 specs review:
Alcatel Idol 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor coupled with Adreno 405 graphic chip. It boasts 3 gigs of RAM with a 16GB internal memory of which you make use of 9.8 GB effectively. However, memory can be expandable up to 256 GB give up a SIM slot in the Hybrid SIM tray. The processor is great to perform all your daily activities with ease. You don’t complain about any heat or lag issues in the device. Switching between apps is fast and multi-tasking is smooth.
Gaming experience is good as well until you opt to play heavy graphic games. At few cases, you may observe frame drops only while playing high graphic games. Alcatel Idol 4 offers great performance on a moderate usage. If you are not, options like Vivo V5 are for you with better processor and RAM capacities.
Alcatel Idol 4 runs stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow user interface with a few tweaks. The device changes the icons beside its support for VR. Automatic lock-screen wallpaper update is another remarkable feature which you love seeing in the Idol 4. You may find a little bit heavy bloatware with the pre-loaded smart suite app. Besides that, the boost app works with the boost button manages the battery, storage, and app restrictions. The Reversible UI marks another excellent feature in the Alcatel Idol 4 which enables to use the phone even upside down.
Alcatel Idol 4 VR experience:
Here comes the major part of our Alcatel Idol 4 review, you get a VR goggles with the device which is definitely not the one you get in the market. The VR headset is exclusively made for the Idol 4 device, and you cannot use it for any other phone. The headset has two buttons which work for ‘select’ and ‘back’ function. VR mode starts automatically once when you plug in the phone, which you can also switch this off in settings.
The image quality in the VR headset is great and the headset was quite comfortable to use. It also allows you to access content from your own gallery and from the LIttlstar app as well. Alcatel’s own VR store provides pre-loaded apps. The only flaw you notice while using the VR headset is it will get heat up while using for more than 15 minutes.
Alcatel Idol 4 features a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus. The camera quality is good, and the focus and shutter speeds are fast. Images captured by the sensor are good in better lighting conditions. Photos captured in outdoor have natural colors and good details. Idol 4 camera provides you a good range of shooting modes like slo-mo, micro video and a full manual mode as well as panorama. Moreover, Alcatel has an integrated Fyuse app which allows capturing subject from multiple angles.
Another 8MP front facing camera with flash and a wide-angle lens is provided on the front of Alcatel Idol 4. Images taken from the front camera lacks detailing even in good lighting conditions. Nevertheless, the photos are great to share on you social media accounts. The set of cameras can record full HD videos and the camera department is acceptable if you are not a camera freak.
The Alcatel Idol 4 is backed by a Non-removable Li-Ion 2610 mAh battery placed inside the rear panel. Though the battery capacity is low, the result is not so disappointing. The octa-core processor can also be accredited for extending battery life few more. Fortunately, Alcatel Idol 4 comes with Quick charge support which gains battery from 0 to 100 percent in two hours. The company claims the device provides a standby up to 520 hours on 3G data and 15 hours of talk time.
- Design and Built quality
- User Interface
- VR support
- Fast charging
- VR heating experience
Alcatel Idol 4 effectively manages to impress multimedia lovers with its VR and audio experience. But it also falls short in some areas as well. The design, user interface, VR performance and few such are undoubtedly great. The bundled VR goggles and the JBL earphones are a great value for money. Considering the camera performance and midrange CPU, the phone feels hard on price.
Despite offering the set of VR, Alcatel Idol 4 does not meet the likes of perfect budget price smartphone. The phone could have been perfect in one area at least in spite of overloading specs on the sheet. But still, if you are average user and have the zeal to enjoy multimedia, Alcatel Idol 4 is definitely one for you. If not, you have other options in the market like Oppo F1s, Vivo V5, Moto M or even Lenovo P2 in the same price range.
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