Alcatel Idol X+

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TCL-claimed Alcatel has been gradually, however consistently making a name for itself for offering reasonable, well-made telephones all around the whole value range. This current year’s Idol X+ is their lead and its a competitive yet hearty item. With an octa-center processor of Mediatek’s Mt6592 mixed bag, the X+ can throttle the same number of processor centers as it needs, to adjust execution and battery proficiency

The Idol X+ sports the same 5-inch fullhd showcase of its forerunner, the Idol X, and puts on an additional 500mah of battery limit – and double SIM help – while adding only 1mm to its thickness. The LCD board is so near the surface its as though there’s no glass between your fingers and the interface. It additionally emphasizes an insignificant measure of side bezels, both realities giving to the premium feel.

Yet not the sum of the improves are. To make space for the additional SIM opening, the Idol X+ has lost the microsd card backing of its ancestor, and it runs the same maturing Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean manufacture.

Here’s a brisk breakdown of the key characteristics and burdens of Alcatel’s new leader.

Key features

  • Dual-SIM support
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; Dual-band 3G with HSPA for both SIM cards
  • 5″ 16M-color 1080p IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Android OS v4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Mali-450MP4 GPU, MediaTek MT6592 chipset with eight full-featured cores and individual throttling
  • 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, geotagging
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage
  • microUSB port
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • 2,500mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Comes bundled with high-quality JBL headphones
  • Optional fitness BoomBand

Main disadvantages

  • Non-replaceable battery
  • No microSD card slot
  • No LTE
  • Android version not quite up-to-date
  • Below average loudspeaker performance
  • Back cover doesn’t feel premium and gets easily smudged and scratched

Until now Alcatel’s strategy for keeping costs down revolved around low internal memory, which was compensated for by the microSD card. With no card slot and only 16GB storage on board of our review unit, things are obviously a bit different this time around, and we’re curious how the 32GB version will be priced and whether it will be as competitive as the other products in the company’s portfolio. That said, the Idol X+ is a package that will certainly ring a bell if you didn’t miss our review of the Alcatel Hero phablet.

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