Alcatel has a new offering for the mid-range smartphone segment. This particular category is quickly growing and becoming more saturated each day, and it’s a win for the consumers. With the new Alcatel Idol 5s, people have another option when shopping for their next device.
Just like the Idol 4s before it, the new Alcatel Idol 5s has its multimedia entertainment prowess as its main weapon. Other than enjoying video contents on its 5.2-inch 1080p IPS display, you can also be immersed with its VR support. The thing is can be partnered with a dedicated Virtual Reality headset that is sold separately. It is also rigged with 3.6w dual front-facing speakers for a more direct audio output.
And to handle the demanding VR content, the Idol 5s is being run by a Snapdragon 625 processor, partnered with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 506 GPU. A SoC like this can be sufficient enough to nail all game titles and day-to-day activities.
Moreover, there’s an 8-megapixel camera in front, while the back has a 12-megapixel shooter. It’s quite refreshing not to see a dual-camera setup on a 2017 smartphone at this caliber. But other than the omitted camera feature, the Idol 5s do still have a fingerprint scanner, Android 7.1 Nougat software, and 4G LTE connectivity with VoLTE.
But on the downside, this device only has a 2620mAh battery, which might be a little insufficient for a smartphone with a display and processor configuration like this.
Alcatel Idol 5s Specs
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, ~424ppi
- 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
- 3GB RAM
- Adreno 506 GPU
- 32GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 512GB
- 8-megapixel OmniVision OV8865 front camera, f/2.0
- 12-megapixel OmniVision OV12870 rear camera, dual tone flash, f/2.0
- Fingerprint scanner
- Dual 3.6w front speakers
- 4G LTE, VoLTE
- WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- Bluetooth 4.1
- GPS, A-GPS
- Dimensions 147.3 x 71.12 x 7.6mm
- Weight: 148g
- 2620mAh battery
The Alcatel Idol 5s is only currently available in the United States for $279. It is also available as an Amazon Prime Exclusive smartphone for only $200. While the substantial price cut might be appealing, you’ll then be bombarded with tons of ads from the retailer giant to make up for it.