At the start of the year, Alcatel OneTouch strategically chose MWC 2016 as the time and place for a rebranding to happen as its next flagship would debut during the global conference. Its name was shortened to just Alcatel and the company’s logo received a fresh appearance. The turning point in February, however, wasn’t from a new name or logo. Everyone became excited for Alcatel when the Idol 4 and Idol 4S were announced. Between the stunning glass-meets-aluminum design and the high-end specifications, Alcatel was seemingly ready to get serious with the big players at the table.
The following is the statement Alcatel provided to Talk Android after we reached out regarding the status of the Idol 4 and Idol 4S:
“Stay tuned and keep an eye on our Twitter page. ;)”
That was short and sweet. Alcatel didn’t provide any explanation on where the phones are, which is totally fair. It’s just a little surprising that they’re not offering up any reasoning on why it has been four months since we’ve heard anything at all.
Since I was interested in digging for additional information, I visited Alcatel’s Twitter profile. I spent less than a minute scrolling on their timeline before stumbling upon a little teaser.
Who’s ready 4 more? pic.twitter.com/T3MbY7DRf5
— Alcatel USA (@ALCATEL1TOUCH) June 14, 2016
Alcatel tweeted a brief teaser on Tuesday, June 14, that asks “Who’s ready 4 more?” with an image of the Idol 4 in someone’s hand. This, according to our records, is the first time the Idol 4 and Idol 4 has been mentioned since they launched in Barcelona four months ago.
What I view as rather intriguing is the date shown on the phone in the teaser. The date is July 15, which could end up being the Idol 4 and Idol 4S’ release date.
Then I recalled a little thing I read on CrackBerry‘s forums in May from the publication’s head. The rumor, which Bla1ze honestly notes is “a bit shady,” states that Alcatel and BlackBerry have been discussing a partnership behind close doors that could result in at least one device. Back in April, BlackBerry CEO John Chen did confirm two new mid-range devices are coming. Could one be influenced by Alcatel? Seems very possible.
Here’s the reasoning behind it:
Aside from the obvious fact that BlackBerry needs to cut their hardware cost in order to be profitable, after recalling this rumor upon reading the Hamburg specs from today I once again went and look at the Idol 4 specs and they pretty much match up identically. Right down to the ’10GB of storage space’ some people lost their mind about, not understanding Android 6.0.1 and apps make up the other 6GB for a full 16GB. Heck, the Idol 4 even looks close to the renders of the Hamburg @DHabkirk created, despite him basing those on the Passport SE/Internal designs.
Apparently there has been chatter that one of BlackBerry’s next devices will have a “special key” just like the Idol 4 and Idol 4S. Interesting! Here we are with unreleased devices that have overlapping specialties. It could really be Alcatel halted the release of the Idol 4 and Idol 4S because BlackBerry came along with an offer they just couldn’t refuse. Working together on a phone would greatly benefit them as Alcatel would gain security and enterprise expertise while BlackBerry gets already-made quality hardware.
All we know for sure as of today is that the Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S aren’t ready but Twitter is where our eyes should be glued to.