Alcatel may be gearing up to ship out the Idol 4S, but it isn’t neglecting its budget-tier Idol 4. The device was announced at Mobile World Congress in February, and it will finally be available for purchase on August 5.
The Idol 4S is the higher-end device of the two, but both devices come with a virtual reality headset and VR content preinstalled on the device. The Idol 4S is actually available for pre-order right now at $350, but the price goes up to $400 when it launches on August 3. You can read more about the Idol 4S here.
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The Idol 4 isn’t as stellar as the 4S — it has a smaller 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p display, which is powered by the Snapdragon 617. Alcatel doesn’t skimp on the RAM, offering 3GB but you only get 16GB of internal storage. Thankfully, the 4G LTE-capable device offers MicroSD card support which means you can expand your storage with an additional 512GB. Unlike the Idol 4S ,which has a 3,000mAh battery, the Idol 4 only has a 2,610mAh one. While the front-facing camera is the same 8-megapixel one on both devices, with a wide-angle lens and flash, the rear camera on the Idol 4 has a lower 13-megapixel count.
Of course, one of the highlights on the Idol 4 and 4S is the Boom Key experience — it’s a button on the side of the phone that can activate certain effects, like make the music louder, trigger burst mode in the camera, and more.
You may not be able to buy the Idol 4 any time soon though, because it’s coming exclusively to Cricket Wireless on August 5. The device will cost $200 “with activation on a smartphone plan.” That’s $200 less than the Idol 4S, which begins shipping pre-orders and becomes widely available two days prior.
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The Idol 4 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Alcatel says it will likely push the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat update to its devices when they believe it is stable enough. With the device, however, you’ll get a solidly constructed VR headset — Alcatel’s goal is to bring VR to the masses. It’s not Google Daydream-certified, so it won’t be optimized perfectly to run the search giant’s upcoming Android VR platform. We’ll have to wait to see how it holds up.