Alacatel OneTouch is taking a unique approach in their packaging for the Idol 4S that rivals Google’s Cardboard viewers. The Idol 4S is shipping in a hard plastic case that will double as a pair of virtual reality goggles, so anyone that owns the device can get a taste of the future with their brand new phone.
Considering the Idol 4S will cost less than $400, that’s a pretty great deal for a phone that includes the virtual reality set
in the box as the box. Much cheaper than buying something like Samsung’s $200 Gear VR, although maybe not quite as price conscious as Google Cardboard.
That $400 will also net you a 5.5-inch device with a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 652 CPU with 3 GB of RAM, plus expandable storage and a 16 megapixel rear shooting camera. In a market where customers are always searching for the best value for their dollar, the Idol 4S makes a very strong case.
For anyone looking for a cheaper device, Alcatel OneTouch will also be offering the Idol 4 for just $250 that takes a step back in the hardware department and VR reality accessories, but still offers a Snapdragon 617 and 2 GB of RAM. Both of these phones should release in May.
If nothing in the Idol line strikes your fancy, the company also has the Pop and Pixi lines, and Plus tablet devices in the pipeline.
The Pop line undercuts the Idol phones in price, sporting some lower-end hardware for more budget-friendly price tags. The Pop 4 is due out in March with a 5-inch 720p display, 1 GB of RAM with 8 GB of internal space, and an 8 megapixel camera. The Pop 4S is slated for May alongside the Idol line and will have a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal space, and a 13 megapixel camera.
The Pixi line will come in several size options, ranging from 4 inches to 6 inches, bottoming out in price below $100. These will begin hitting shelves in April.
The Plus line is Alcatel OneTouch’s tablet family of devices, with 8 and 10-inch tablets in the Pop brand. There will also be four Pixi branded tablets that stretch from 6 inches all the way up to 10 inches, but the 10-inch tablet will have LTE connectivity and a detachable keyboard, taking a swipe at convertible tablets and laptops.
No matter what size or price range you want a device in, Alcatel OneTouch has you covered this year, for better or worse. Will these devices get updates 12 months from now? Probably not, considering they’ll be releasing seven phones and six tablets in the first half of 2016 alone. But hey, they’re cheap.
source: Venture Beat