A good budget smartphone hasn’t always been easy to come by. However now in 2015, our low-cost smartphones rival that of phones twice the cost. One of the models I’ve had the pleasure of testing has been the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. This budget phablet brings suprisingly great quality and performance to a price tag of merely $250. US customers have been able to buy the phone for a little while now, but starting June 30th, the Idol 3 is headed up north.
Canadian carriers Bell, TELUS, and Videotron will begin carrying the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 starting June 30th. This expansion not only opens up this new option to Canadian smartphone buyers, but also makes the Idol 3 the first phone from Alcatel OneTouch that is available globally.
In case you forgot, the Idol 3 packs a 5.5″ inch 1080p display with a Snapdragon 615 and 2GB of RAM under the hood. It also has a 13MP camera and JBL front facing speakers.
ALCATEL ONETOUCH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF THE
AWARD-WINNING IDOL 3 FOR CANADA BEGINNING JUNE 30
IDOL 3 5.5-inch smartphone will be available in Canada both in-store and online at Bell, TELUS and Videotron beginning on June 30, 2015
IRVINE, Calif. – June 18, 2015 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH – the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in North America* – has announced the Canadian availability of the award-winning IDOL 3 at Bell, TELUS and Videotron as of June 30. Winner of the Android Authority Editors’ Choice andMashable Choice awards, among others, the IDOL 3 was one of the big surprises at this year’s Mobile World Congress; challenging the convention of an affordable flagship smartphone.
“IDOL 3 is changing customer expectations by redefining the flagship smartphone experience,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “With IDOL 3, we’ve partnered with top brands like Qualcomm, JBL and Technicolor to deliver the best in class experience for our customers at a price that’s considerably less than other flagship smartphones in the market. Others try to justify outrageous prices for their top devices and we’re out to show our customers they can get a device with the high-end features they want, at a price that won’t empty their wallet.”
Offering dual-front facing speakers featuring JBL Audio, a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with technicolor enhance technology and a 2910mAh battery to power through a full days use, the IDOL 3 offers consumers the best experience for their money. The IDOL 3 also comes packed with other unique features, such as a fully reversible user interface that makes the screen adaptive to be right side up even if the phone itself is upside down. You’ll never miss any of life’s moment either, thanks to IDOL 3’s 13MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle front camera. IDOL 3 is also the first smartphone in North America to include the innovative security feature Eye-D – a biometric technology that uses eye print verification for secure authentication to unlock a user’s device with a simple selfie.
IDOL 3 is the first globally released flagship from ALCATEL ONETOUCH and is the latest in the company’s award-winning IDOL line of smartphones, known for combining the best of high-end design and features; following last year’s IDOL X+ and IDOL 2S.
IDOL 3 Key Features:
|DISPLAY||5.5-inch Full-HD IPS Display (1920×1080), with Technicolor Color Enhance for greater viewing angles – even in direct sunlight + Fully Reversible UI|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 MSM8939 Octa-Core 1.7GHz (64-bit),Adreno 405 @ 550MHz|
|CONNECTIVITY||LTE FDD: B2/4/5/7/12/17, 150Mbps Downlink, 50Mbps Uplink + VoLTE|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Android Lollipop 5.0.2|
|CAMERA||13MP Main Camera + 8MP Wide-Angle Front Camera|
|SOUND||Dual 1.2 Watt Front-Facing JBL Stereo Speakers|
|MEMORY||16GB ROM + 2GB RAM (LP-DDR3); Expandable Memory Via MicroSD (up to 128GB)|
|BATTERY||2910mAh With Up To 13 Hours Talk Time and Up to 600 Hours Standby Time|
To learn more about the IDOL 3, please visit www.alcatelonetouch.ca.
*Strategy Analytics – North America Smartphone Vendor & OS Market Share by Country: Q1 2015
About ALCATEL ONETOUCH
ALCATEL ONETOUCH is a brand within TCL Communication, an international multicultural company which designs, develops, and markets globally a growing range of mobile and Internet devices. TCL Communication is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (2618.HK) and part of TCL Corporation one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world.
For more information, please visit www.alcatelonetouch.ca