Alcatel Idol 4S offers 5.5-inch QHD screen and VR headset, pricing set at $349.99

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The battle of the affordable flagship smartphones has been heating up lately thanks to the likes of the OnePlus 3 and ZTE Axon 7, and now another entrant is getting ready to fight.

The Alcatel Idol 4S will be available for pre-order in the U.S. on July 15 at 8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET. Pricing will be set at $349.99, which will get you the Idol 4S, the packaging that doubles as a virtual reality headset, a 2.5D tempered glass screen protector, JBL headphones, and an Incipio case. Units are expected to begin shipping in early August. The Idol 4S will officially launch on August 3, at which point the price will go up to $399.99.

As for what kind of specs your $349.99 will get you, the Idol 4S has a respectable feature set. The front of the phone is home to a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 AMOLED display, 8-megapixel camera with wide-angle lens, and a pair of speakers. Around back there’s a 16-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, f/2.0 aperture, and dual-tone flash, and beneath that camera there’s a fingerprint reader.

Inside the Idol 4S’s glass and metal body is a Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, NFC, dual SIM support, and a microSD slot. A 3000mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 support is powering the whole package, and on the software side there’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Alcatel says that an update to Android Nougat is planned.

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Finally, the Idol 4S has a Boom Key on its side that offers different features for different situations. For example, you can press and hold it while the phone is locked to launch straight into the camera, or you can press it while listening to music to give yourself a volume boost. You can also assign any app to the Boom Key to quickly launch it.

Finally, when it comes to cellular connectivity, Alcatel says that the Idol 4S supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, and 17, but the spec list also mentions that there’s “no CA.” Support for VoLTE is included, while VoWiFi is listed as “optional.” I’ve reached out to Alcatel to ask specifically about the Idol 4S’s support for T-Mobile VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling and will update you when I hear back.

So there’s the Idol 4S. As with other devices in the affordable flagship category, there are some trade-offs here, but the Idol 4S does look like a nice upgrade over last year’s Idol 3. The packaging that doubles as a VR viewer is a nice touch, letting you dive right in to VR, and the included accessory bundle means that you can protect your Idol 4S right away, too.

Source: Alcatel

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  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    ZTE Axon 7 is a much better option.

    • Verizonthunder

      One plus 3 is way better than Zte Axon 7

      • George Salcedo

        Sorry but ZTE has an excellent warranty program and thus far the axon 7 with front facing speakers has looked amazing.

        • Verizonthunder

          Good luck with those updates….. Yeah next yeah lmao

        • Locust Gee

          One Plus who?

  • Wezi427

    How are they with updates?

    • I have an Idol 3 which came with Android 5.0.2 in May, 2015. Just got the update to 6.0.1 in June.

      • Wezi427

        Any word on 7.0? Thanks for the info

        • Nothing yet.

        • Wezi427

          OK, thanks

        • Bermudan Option

          The 4S is supposed to get N. Doesn’t seem likely that the Idol 3 will get it if that was the question though

        • Wezi427

          Yes that was my question, thanks for answering. That’s a shame that it won’t get the next update.

  • Tale 85

    Anything new about the “other Idol 4”, the one “with Windows 10” ?

    It would be nice to hear if it actually is coming, and coming to T-Mobile.

    • a d00d

      WTF? You actually *LIKE* Winshit 10?!? I need to go check if hell is frozen over…

      • Impulse

        Wtf you sound stupid as hell

  • Bermudan Option

    Curious to hear about the VoLTE as well. Band 12 was on the Idol 3 and then removed after the fact because of T-Mobile. With the higher asking price, hopefully Alcatel can pay for the T-Mobile certification necessary for VoLTE compatibility.

    Edit: Also could “no CA” mean no ‘Carrier Aggregation’ compatibility perhaps?

    • drago10029

      what is CA? or carrier aggregation?