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Alcatel’s new Idol 4 has an awful lot to offer if you’re hunting for a phone with lots of entertainment options – at home or on the go.
The headline entertainment feature is the phone’s virtual reality capabilities. The phone comes bundled with a VR headset that’s light and comfortable to wear, but the phone itself has been made for the headset, easily clipping into the frame so you can use headphones and control the device via the set’s on board buttons. The screen is a high-definition 1080p display too, giving you crisp images and an immersive VR experience.
Looking past VR, the phone’s speakers are excellent, offering stereo-quality sound and a fair amount of bass for a smartphone. If you’re a Spotify or YouTube DJ, you’ll be able to do it all with this amazing handset.
Available at an affordable price, the Idol 4 nevertheless comes with a lot of high-powered technology that sets it apart from other budget phones.
The chipset is a slick Snapdragon 617 that houses an octa-core processor with four 1.7GHz and four 1.2GHz cores, a whopping 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of memory – expandable by up to 256GB if you get hold of a micro SD card.
Those are all brilliant specs, letting you speedily browse, game or play videos with ease. Can’t choose? This smartphone is made for multitaskers too.
For snap-happy users, there’s a 13MP rear-facing camera and 8MP selfie camera, both of which are very capable, and a brilliant HDR mode for creating Instagram-worthy images. Panoramas are also easily made, as well as fun micro-videos reminiscent of everyone’s favourite defunct app, Vine.
3G - Quad Band - Wi Fi - GPRS - EDGE - HSDPA - Micro SD card slot - NFC - microUSB - LTE / 4G
Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate - 16M colours - Android Pay
Face Detection - Geo-tagging - 13.0 megapixel camera - Tap to focus - 8 megapixel front camera - Panorama
MMS - SMS - Predictive Text - Email - Instant Messaging
Dimensions - 147 x 72.5 x 7.1 mm - Weight - 135g - Talk Time - up to 15 h - Display Size - 5.2 inches - Standby Time - up to 520h - Battery Size - 2610 mAh Li-ion
MP3 Player - FM Radio - MP3 Ringtones
Internet Browsing - Social Networking - Maps - App Store
Vibrate - Organiser - Games - Speaker phone - Calculator - Voice Dial - Video Player - Clock
Internal Memory - 16 GB - Expandable memory - up to 256GB via microSD
5.2 inch display - Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow - 13 Megapixel Camera with dual LED flash - 1080p Video record - Wi-Fi - 4G Ready
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa core