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Alcatel Idol 4 Series Officially Announced, Takes Everything Up A Notch

Alcatel Idol 4 Series Officially Announced, Takes Everything Up A Notch

Today at MWC 2016, Alcatel has officially announced their latest smartphone series, the Idol 4. The new Idol 4 and Idol 4S build on last year’s Idol 3 series with improved specs, better build quality, and better multimedia features.

Alcatel Idol 4 Specs

  • 5.2″ FHD IPS Display
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Processor – Octa Core (1.7 GHz + 1.2 GHz)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 13MP Rear Camera/8MP Front Camera (Front Facing Flash)
  • 16GB Storage (microSD)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 2,610 mAh Battery w/ Quick Charge

Alcatel Idol 4S Specs

  • 5.5″ QHD AMOLED Display
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Processor – Octa Core (1.8 GHz + 1.4 GHz)
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 16MP Rear Camera/8MP Front Camera (Front Facing Flash)
  • 32GB Storage (microSD)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 3,000 mAh Battery w/ Quick Charge

The first big feature Alcatel is showing off with the deivce is the “boom key” which has several different uses. When the device is on standby, hitting that key will launch the camera and instantly take a phone. Keep holding it down and the device will go into burst mode. Likewise hitting this key within the gallery shuffles the photos within for instant sharing as a slideshow or collage.

For videos, the boom key can generate effects in videos that have already been taken or initiate a live broadcast while the user is shooting video. For music, the boom key optimizes audio by increasing the volume limits and adding better surround sound. On the home screen this key can also activate live weather information and a parallax UI effect.

Another huge feature of the Idol 4 lineup is reversibility. Just like on the Idol 3, the Idol 4 and 4S are both usable upside down or right side up, but this time there’s another layer. Now sound also reverses itself to ensure stereo sound is always coming from the correct side. The speaker is also placed where it cannot be obstructed.

Both phones also ship in packaging that doubles as a pair of VR goggles. Alcatel will offer easy access to games, videos, and apps for VR through the “Onetouch VR Store”.


Now moving on to the design, it’s pretty stunning. The Idol 4 brings a metal frame and glass back (similar to the Galaxy S6) that measures in at just 6.9mm in thickness. 4 colors will also be available, gold, grey, rose gold, and silver.


Alcatel has yet to announced pricing or availability for the Idol 4 series, so stay tuned for more on that.

UPDATE: Pricing has not been confirmed yet, but is expect to fall around €280 and €450 respectively ($310, $500). This comes via The Verge.

Press Release

IDOL 4 Series Takes Everything Up a Notch With Augmented Multimedia Features and the Boom Key Experience

MWC, Barcelona, 20 February, 2016 ALCATEL announces its premium IDOL 4 series. Building on the success of its trend-setting IDOL 3, the uniquely designed IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S smartphones take everything up a notch with a new Boom Key and an augmented multimedia experience.

“The IDOL 4 series marks another milestone in ALCATEL innovation,” said Dan Dery, Chief Marketing Officer at ALCATEL. “The Boom Key boom-ifies everything, from the sound to photos to gaming. Something we’re really excited about, and something I’m eager to show my friends is that we’ve augmented IDOL 4’s multimedia experience.  A screen that offers a stunning display from any angle, an all-in-one powerhouse audio ecosystem and a professional-caliber camera.”

BOOM ME UP! The Boom Key Delivers Augmented Experience

Boom my camera: Instantly takes photos on standby mode pressing and holding the button puts the camera into burst mode to take photos in quick succession.

Boom my gallery: Artistically shuffles the photos in the gallery for instant sharing as a photo collage or a short slideshow.

Boom my videos: Generates immediate, surprising effects in existing videos, such as replaying the previous one second of the video three times, or changing the playback speed. When a user is recording a video, pressing the Boom Key will immediately broadcast the video live.

Boom my music: Conceived by ALCATEL and creatively engineered by Waves, the audio experience is automatically optimized across all media with simply one touch. The bass, loudness and clarity of the sound is enhanced, enriching the whole user experience.

Boom my game: Asphalt fans will love how the Boom Key amps up their race by releasing the Nitro and boosting the car speed. It also boosts the audio experience by increasing the volume and adding spatial sound reproduction.

Boom my view: Creates a more intense 3D effect (parallax UI effect) for the launcher and a stunning, live weather display as part of the homescreen.

Augmented Multimedia: Amped-Up Display, Camera and Sound

The IDOL 4, featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 617 processor, and the IDOL 4S, featuring the Snapdragon 652 processor, deliver advanced features and capabilities that allow consumers to experience console-quality 3D gaming, enhanced photography and videography, as well as home theater-quality audio.  These Qualcomm Technologies processors also features an X8 LTE modem and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity which supports very fast download speeds. Additionally users will be able to enjoy all-day battery life.  Both smartphones sport displays that provide superb readability even in bright sunlight and clear viewing from any angle using Qualcomm Technologies’ Assertive Display technology. The larger, 5.5-inch IDOL 4S offers a 2K AMOLED display, which is super-responsive and low in power consumption.

“Both Snapdragon 617 and 652 processors take processing and power efficiency to new heights and offer advanced features that will enable the great user experiences for ALCATEL consumers,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.  “We are pleased to have worked with ALCATEL on the development of their new IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S series, which will deliver exceptional features.”

IDOL 4 series comes with professional-quality cameras offering ultrafast auto-focus (0.1-0.3 seconds), as well as 360-degree photos and selfies. The smartphones also produce crystal-clear shots even in the dark.

For a superior and powerful audio experience, ALCATEL teamed up with two well-known audio brands, JBL and Waves. With these top leaders supporting the hardware and software, the end-user can rest assured that the audio quality of the IDOL 4 series is simply awesome!

Other IDOL 4 series audio features include two powerful 3.6 watt speakers, Hi-Fi surround-sound for the headset, and optimization of audio presets both automatically and manually, giving users a powerhouse sound. The J22 JBL headphones employ high-performance drivers and a high quality microphone is included to enable the end-user to enjoy on-the-go phone conversations.

The pre-loaded Onetouch Music app offers users an all-in-one music ecosystem, which lets them discover new music, mix online or local tracks, remix, as well as play and browse featured playlists.

Augmented Reversibility: Up, Down and All Around

IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S are reversible in three ways. The interface rights itself no matter if the users picks it up right side up or upside down. In addition, it is reversible left to right: stereo sound is always on the correct side, even when the phone is flipped. And the strategically placed speaker grille ensures that sound is unobstructed, whether the phone is facing up or turned over.

Augmented Reality: Part of the IDOL 4 Experience

Last but not least: The IDOL 4S’s innovative packaging design transforms into a pair of virtual reality goggles which, when combined with the smartphone, becomes the portal for users to enter the world of immersive 360-degree viewing and gaming. Virtual reality content such as videos and games can be downloaded onto the device from the Onetouch VR Store, a built-in app to easily access saved virtual reality content or streamed in realtime via LittlStar.

Finely Crafted Design

IDOL 4 and IDOL 4S will be offered with four different metal frames: Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold and Metal Silver. The front glass touch panel and glass back cover give the phones a premium look and feel. The IDOL 4 series’ slimness (6.9 mm), metal frame and in-mold spin-effect texture add to its finely crafted, luxurious design.


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