Hands-on with a new Alcatel One Touch Idol 3
It’s tough competing with a likes of Sony, Samsung, HTC and even a clever OnePlus One. With a One Touch Idol 3, French mobile builder Alacatel appears to have finished a many improved pursuit of marrying good pattern with a clever set of features, and has thrown in some good tiny surprises to assistance a flagship phone squeeze a tiny some-more attention.
It comes in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, with 3G or 4G LTE support and a choice of singular or twin SIM, so there’s copiousness of accumulation on offer. If we wish a 5.5-inch Idol 3, it’s going to cost €279 (about £200) or €199-200 (about £150) for a 4.7-inch version.
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Whether we squeeze a large or a tiny handset, both remind me of a Samsung Galaxy S5 with their kindly winding corners. The bigger 5.5-inch Idol 3 doesn’t feel enormous to reason in your palm and notwithstanding carrying a primarily cosmetic design, it’s indeed a attractive handset. Alcatel has finished some engaging things from a pattern viewpoint like a brushed finish on a behind and a two-tone trim that masks a cheaper peculiarity materials on uncover here.
Both are light to hold, with a 4.7-inch indication weighing in during 110g and a 5.5-inch in during 141g. They’re both slim, measuring in next 7.5mm thick, so it’s not a corpulent phone in possibly size.
Up front a shade bezel is good and slim down a sides, while above and next a shade is where you’ll find a front-facing speakers. Ports and connectors are good distant around a edges of a physique with a micro SIM usually next a standby button. There’s a twin microphones as is customary on many phones, yet Alcatel has total twin receiver, that supports a ability to take calls whichever approach we are holding a phone adult to a side of your face and get a same call quality.
The behind is not removable so we can’t get to a medium 2,000 mAh (4.7-inch) or somewhat bigger 2,010mAh battery inside a 5.5-inch model. There’s no micro SD storage possibly to enhance over a 16GB or 32GB inner storage options.
The IPS LCD screens is where a dual phones partial in terms of quality. The smaller shade has a 720p HD shade while a 5.5-inch indication packs a Full HD screen. Either way, we are removing what I’d design to see from phones during these cost points. The 5.5-inch Idol 3 impresses some-more for liughtness with Alcatel claiming it’s cranked adult a resplendence to 650nits in comparison to a 600nits on a 4.7-inch Idol 3, that is adult there with many high finish phones. Both offer clever observation angles and considerable levels of sharpness, while Alcatel has partnered adult with Technicolour to confederate a Colour Enhance record to urge colour and contrariety performance.
One of a biggest pushes with a Idol 3 comes in a sound department. Alcatel has total a DAC amp to urge audio peculiarity and supplement some-more power. There’s also dual intelligent energy amps all of that total assistance yield a 1.2 watts of energy from a new front-facing speakers. Alcatel has also worked with JBL and uses a company’s Clari-Fi record to redeem peculiarity for dense audio files. While we wouldn’t contend these are anywhere nearby as comfortable or absolute as HTC’s One M8 or One Mini 2’s speakers, they offer improved clarity and fortitude during shrill volumes than you’d see from likewise labelled phones.
Along with a shade and sound quality, Alcatel is focusing on improving camera performance. There’s a 13-megapixel Sony IMEX 214 categorical camera sensor with a f/2.0 orifice lens to assist low-light shooting. Camera modes embody HDR and something Alcatel calls ‘Fast Face Focus’. This promises to snap to concentration on faces in usually 0.26 seconds. Up front is 5-megapixel sensor for a 4.7-inch Idol 3 and possibly a 5 or an 8-megapixel one depending on your territory.
The Idol 3 runs on mostly inexperienced Android 5.0 Lollipop delivering facilities like a new close shade and presentation panel. Alcatel has total a possess app storefront and revamped some of a local applications. The song app deserves a special discuss since not usually does it works like a customary song actor where we can crop and reserve adult tracks, DJ program creators MixVibes have built in a blending functionality. So when we flip a app into landscape, you’ll have dual decks with some simple functionality like relating BPM cues, scratching and a ability to record mixes.
Powering a smaller Idol 3 is a quad-core Snapdragon 615 SoC (System on Chip), while a bigger indication packs an octa-core various of a same chipset with 1GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Adreno 405 CPU holding caring of gaming. Qualcomm’s new 64-bit CPU design does not use all of a cores during a same time and by doing that is means to urge altogether opening like delivering high-quality video streaming some-more efficiently.
I like a One Touch Idol 3 – generally a bigger model. It looks good and focuses on a areas that unequivocally matter, such as shade quality, camera and sound performance. It’ll be engaging to see how a battery life fares, though. The problem Alcatel has here is that for a tiny some-more money, we can buy something like a OnePlus One (£229), and have a phone that can unequivocally contest with a large boys and is a famous quantity. we demeanour brazen to spending some-more time with a Idol 3 when it launches in April, yet I’m not assured that adequate people will know about it in a UK to wish one.