Alcatel IDOL 4 

price Rs. 16,999 onwards | launch Dec, 2016

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24.6

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52.2
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Phonecurry's 2-Minute Review

quick-read review written by the phonecurry editorial team, summarising opinion across 3 Expert Reviews

What we liked
  • Premium design with a metal and glass unibody - one of the best-looking smartphone in the price segment
  • Surprisingly lightweight to hold
  • Customizable 'Boom' key acts as a one-touch button for enhancing the user experience across various native apps
  • Very good accessories bundle - includes a VR headset and JBL headphones for a premium experience
  • The VR headset included in the box is easy to use, and delivers a good overall experience - you can access content stored in your own gallery as well as from the LIttlstar app by Alcatel - for games, you can access apps from Alcatel's own VR store preloaded on the phone
  • Good, sharp display - brightness levels are excellent and the screen has wide viewing angles with rich colours - you can also adjust the colour temperature of the screen from the settings
  • Runs a near stock Android 6.0 user interface with a few tweaks (like the the icon pack, and some added gestures)
  • There is also a useful "reversible interface" feature - the phone can be used even if you are holding it upside down - even voice calls can be taken irrespective of the phone's orientation as it has speakers and microphone on top as well as bottom
  • Decent performance - the hardware is good enough to handle most day to day usage scenarios including full HD videos and occasional gaming
  • Stereo speakers placed on top and bottom are arguably the best speakers you would find on a smartphone in this price segment - volume output is surprisingly loud - and the audio quality is crisp with clear vocals
  • Alcatel has even integrated Waves MaxxAudio technology for superior audio output from both speaker and headphones
  • Additionally, the included premium JBL earphones in the box which deliver fantastic audio output - good bass and treble levels and comfortable to use for long hours
  • The music app is feature rich and integrates Shazam to help you identify songs and has a unique 'Mix' section that allows you to create instant DJ mixes of songs from your own library
  • The battery includes quick charge support
What we didn't
  • The glass is prone to catching fingerprints and requires constant cleaning
  • The phone starts to heat up while being used for VR - after around 15 minutes of usage, the phone's metal sides become pretty hot
  • While the performance is good in daily use, it is definitely a step behind the top-performing phones in this price range, such as the Lenovo Z2 Plus with Snapdragon 820
  • While the focus and shutter speed of the rear camera is fast, the image quality is just average - indoors, there is visible noise in the photos and soft details
  • The front 8MP camera too has average image quality
  • Battery life could have been better - lasts from about 9am to 6pm with heavy usage

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Alcatel IDOL 4 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.2 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Display Features
  • IPS LTPS
  • 2D Curved Glass
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Processor/RAM
Processor1.5 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
GPUAdreno 405
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2610 mAh
Battery Standby520 hrs
Battery Standby (3G)520 hrs
Battery Talktime15.00 hrs
Battery Talktime (3G)15.00 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Charging Time: 2.25 hrs
Dimensions
Weight135 gm
Thickness7.1 mm
Camera
Camera13.0 MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 1/3" Sensor Size
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • Touch Focus
  • Phase Detection Autofocus
  • 6P lens
  • Dual-tone led flash
  • Instant shot
  • Slow motion
  • Manual mode
  • Micro video
  • Auto HDR
  • Panorama
  • Video stabilisation (EIS)
  • Fyuse 360° Pictures
  • Live broadcasting
Secondary Camera8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Flash
  • 84 degrees Wide-viewing Angle
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
  • Parallax Selfie
  • Real-time face beautification
  • Faceshow
  • Full HD Video Recording
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
CompassYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
FM RadioYes
More
  • Free VR Headset
  • Fast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Boom Key experience booster
  • Waves Technology
  • Smart Power Amplifier TFA9890
  • Gesture Support
  • 3 way Reversible
  • WiFi Direct
  • WiFi Display
  • USB On-The-Go
  • ONETOUCH Func
  • ONETOUCH Music

About Alcatel

Motorola
Headquaters China
Brand Perception
Average
Service Quality
Very Good
Contact Info
Service Centre Locations