Alcatel enters high-smartphone market with Idol 4, Idol 4S

The Alcatel Idol 4S will ship with a plastic version of the Google Cardboard virtual reality headset.
Written by Jake Smith, Contributor

Alcatel has taken the wrapping off its new line of smartphones at Mobile World Congress, dubbed the Idol 4 series. Notably, Alcatel has dropped its OneTouch name for smartphone branding and has opt for the Alcatel branding instead. The company is beefing up its Idol 3 line with a sleeker finish and more features.

The Idol 4 features a 5.2-inch display, while the higher-end Idol 4S packs a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display. Inside is Qualcomm's octa core systems-on-a-chip Snapdragon 617 processor for the Idol 4 and Snapdragon 652 for the 4S. Both devices feature 3GB of RAM, while the Idol 4 has 16GB of storage and the Idol 4S has 32GB.

Both the Idol 4 and Idol 4S will launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow -- the latest major release of Android.

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On the rear of the Idol 4 is a 13-megapixel camera, and on the rear of the Idol 4S is a 16-megapixel camera capable of recording in 4K. A 8-megapixel front-facing camera is on both devices.

Alcatel will ship the Idol 4S in a plastic version Google Cardboard, allowing users to experience virtual reality on the cheap. Google's device is literally made out of cardboard, but Alcatel took it a step further with a plastic coating -- sure to catch the eyes of some prospective smartphone buyers.

The Idol 4 series will be available in Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, and Metal Silver. The Idol 4 will be available for $250 the Idol 4S will be available for $400. There's no word on availability.

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