Alcatel originally announced the Idol 4S back in February, but its official launch date is finally here. And yes, it’s still shipping in the fancy virtual reality headset case. The Idol 4S brings a ton of value to market, and it will be available in North America completely unlocked, which is a big plus.
The Idol 4S sports a Snapdragon 652 CPU paired with 3 GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch QHD display, and 32 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Alcatel also built a pretty capable camera into the device, which uses a 16-megapixel rear shooter with f/2.0 aperture that has 0.1 second phase detection autofocus. There’s a generous 3,000 mAh battery stuffed in here, too.
Outside of the big specs that are easily marketable, Alcatel partnered with JBL to include 3.6-watt speakers on the phone, and there is a pair of JBL earbuds included with the phone. You’ll get dual SIM card slots, and the Idol 4S is going to get Android N down the line.
My only real concern would be the Snapdragon 652 trying to manage a QHD screen, but if that doesn’t slow the phone down, this is one of the better midrange phones we’ve seen yet.
If the Idol 4S has your attention, you can pre-order the device starting July 15th, and that will include the virtual reality headset that was originally advertised, plus a tempered glass screen protector, a case from Incipio, and a $50 discount. All of this for just $349 sounds like an insanely good deal. Those preorders begin shipping in August, when the price will jump to its normal $399 tag. Even at $399, though, you’re still getting some serious bang for your buck.
If you think this is going to be your next phone, you might want to be ready to lock in an order tomorrow morning. I can imagine this selling out pretty quickly.