Alcatel Idol 5 & UNI360 VR hands-on

We checked out the Alcatel Idol 5 not too long ago in Berlin for IFA 2017, but the one we’re talking about here is for the US market. Specifically, it’s a Cricket Wireless exclusive and will be available starting on October, alongside with a new VR headset dubbed the UNI360 VR Goggles. For those looking to experience mobile VR on the cheap, this might be a solution that’s perfect for you.

Interestingly enough, while this version of the Idol 5 looks very much like the European model we checked out, one that looks and feels premium for its price point thanks …


Alcatel Idol 5 coming to Cricket Wireless on October 27

Quietly introduced earlier this month at IFA 2017 trade fair, the Alcatel Idol 5 will make its debut in the United States in late October. The smartphone will be exclusively carried in the country by Cricket Wireless.

The Idol 5 promises premium features at a fraction of the price of today’s major brand smartphones. But how much exactly Alcatel’s handset really costs? According to Cricket, the Idol 5 will be available for purchase for just $199 beginning October 27.

Now let’s see what are those “premium features” that Alcatel says the Idol 5 has to offer …

Alcatel IDOL 5

The IDOL 5 is a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone is equipped with a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, which can be further expanded via microSD card. Alcatel IDOL 5 sports a 5.2-inch IPS display with full HD (1080p) resolution and packs a decent 2,800 mAh battery. A 13(interpolated to 16)-megapixel camera is positioned on the back side, alongside a fingerprint sensor. There’s also a secondary 5(interpolated to 8)-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video calls.

Alcatel Idol 5 hands-on

Usually, the bigger and better variant of a phone is announced during or a little bit after the standard one. For the case of the Alcatel Idol 5, however, its announcement comes months after the release of the Idol 5s. It’s a strange approach needless to say, but that’s exactly the case here. 
Looking at the Idol 5 and 5s side-by-side, there’s no surprise that two like very similar to one another. However, there are some minute differences to tell the two apart. On the surface, it shares the same 2.5D curved glass and metal construction, giving it a premium …

Alcatel Idol 5 specs, pictures and price exposed before official reveal

News about Alcatel’s new lineup of smartphones continues to pour in with just one week before their official unveiling. The next device on the least of upcoming smartphones is the Alcatel Idol 5, which was recently spotted at GFXBench with model number TCL 6058.

The Idol 5 is a mid-range smartphone that runs Android 7.0 Nougat. Unfortunately, it’s much more expensive than it should, considering the rest of the specs. It appears that Alcatel Idol 5 will be launched in Europe for around €400 outright.

The phone is equipped with a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek …

Deal: The unlocked Alcatel Idol 5S with Android 7.1 Nougat is on sale for 22% off

The newest Android smartphone launched by Alcatel, the Idol 5S is now on sale on Amazon. The handset made its debut in the United States only last month, so it’s quite disconcerting to see this mid- to high-end smartphone being discounted earlier than usual.

The Idol 5S is the only smartphone launched by Alcatel that ships with Android 7.1 Nougat right out of the box. The 5.2-inch display with full HD (1080p) resolution features Asahi Dragontrail Glass coating.

On the inside, Alcatel’s mid-range handset packs a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, …

Alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 gets delayed once again

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro saga is not yet over, at least not in the UK where the Windows 10 smartphone should have been already available for purchase.

Although Microsoft and Alcatel promised to bring the device in the UK in the last week of July, the Idol 4 Pro’s market release was postponed by two weeks.

Well, it looks like the day of August 7 is about to end and Alcatel Idol 4 Pro isn’t yet available for purchase in the UK. In fact, Microsoft delayed the release of the smartphone once again, so those who still want the Windows 10 handset will have to wait …

Microsoft still struggling to get the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro into the hands of customers

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro is one of the newest Windows 10 smartphones to make its debut on the market. Initially launched in the United States under a different name, Alcatel’s flagship has been confirmed to arrive in Europe in Q2, 2017.

Two weeks ago, the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro went on pre-order in some European markets sans the free VR headset that’s included in the package in the United States.

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro is available for pre-order via Microsoft Store for €479.99 or £419.99. The smartphone was supposed to hit the shelves on July 28, but that’s not …

Alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 goes on pre-order in Europe via Microsoft

Europe was one of the most prolific markets for Windows Phone handsets, while the United States was one of the weakest. Still, for some reason, Alcatel thought that releasing a Windows Phone flagship exclusively in the US would be good for business.

The Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, which is, in fact, a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4s that made its debut in the US last year, is finally going to hit the shelves in Europe. The high-end smartphone runs Windows 10 right out of the box but packs an obsolete chipset inside.

The smartphone will be available for purchase on July …

Amazon adds more Prime-exclusive phones: get Nokia 6, Alcatel Idol 5S, or Moto E4 for less

Amazon just added no less than 5 new devices to its Prime-exclusive phones list, where you trade the appearance of some ads on the lock screen for getting the phones cheaper. All of these come in the $80-$200 range, so they are targeted to folks who would be looking into saving some dollars in exchange for a few ads here and there. 
Here are the six devices that Amazon will be offering to its Prime customers at a discount, while the Alcatel phones seem to be Amazon-exclusive, too. Does anything here tickle your fancy?
Nokia 6 …