Alcatel, a company which has spent the year releasing some interesting phones, has added two more to its expanding portfolio – the One Touch Idol S and the One Touch Idol Mini. The phone’s announcement comes just a few days before the IFA tech show begins in Berlin, where both will likely be on display.
The Idol S is another super-slim phone from the manufacturer, measuring just 7.4mm thin, which is less than the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S4. It’s light too, at 110 grams, but still manages to squeeze in a decent list of specs. The screen measures 4.7-inches and has a 1280×720 pixel resolution, matching hardware like the Nexus 4.
A dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM is slightly less exciting, but should power the Android 4.2 operating system perfectly well. An 8 megapixel camera sits on the rear of the phone, and there’s a 1.3 megapixel camera above the screen. Alcatel has given the Idol S a 4G LTE radio, so it’ll happily connect to the fastest new mobile networks. Other features include 4GB of memory, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a choice of three different colour schemes.
The Idol Mini follows the same formula set out by the HTC One Mini and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini, as it’s a smaller phone with a similar design to the high-end Idol models. It has a 4.3-inch screen, with 854×480 pixels, along with a 1.3GHz dual-core processor. It also has a 5-megapixel camera, but no 4G LTE. It’s slim at 7.9mm, and very light at only 96 grams.
Alcatel hasn’t provided any information on when and where the pair will go on sale, but the Idol S is a great, well-priced candidate for the new 4G networks from Vodafone and O2. We’re sure to hear more over the coming week.