Alcatel is not a new name in the smartphone industry, however, the recent past has seen it tread on multiple grounds, offering handsets based on both Android and Windows.
The latest Alcatel Idol 4S is synonymous with the Android community, however, lovers of Windows 10 will be happy to learn that the company, together with Microsoft, are offering a similar phone based on the latter OS. There are not so many Windows 10 phones you can find out there, but still, the platform has a significant following.
Microsoft had been expected to back off from the mobile industry, however, it seems the tech giant is not yet done. Starting this coming week, any person looking for a new Windows 10 can grab themselves an Alcatel Idol 4S, but this phone will be sold via T-Mobile.
Like what those using the same phone on Android get, Microsoft is making the Alcatel Idol 4S a VR-based phone, however, there are some significant differences between the two offerings for Android and Windows 10 users. One major difference is the display quality. Where the Android model comes with a 5.5-inch screen with QHD AMOLED resolution, Microsoft says that the Windows 10-based Idol 4S will feature a 1080p AMOLED screen of the same size. Given these reduced screen specs, Windows 10 users might not be happy with the quality of VR experience on offer via the 1080p screen as compared to what a 1440p screen delivers.
As for the rest of the specs, there seems to be no change at all. The Alcatel Idol 4S comes with a Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 64-bit quad-core processor that is paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB RAM. Alcatel offers 64GB of internal storage with room to expand the storage via a microSD card. The back of the Idol 4S has a decent 21MP snapper made by Sony and just below it, you will find a fingerprint scanner. The front has an 8MP sensor – a wide-angle lens with a reach of 84 degrees. In terms of battery power, the Alcatel Idol 4S has a 3000mAh unit that is supported by Quick Charge technology.
T-Mobile will be selling the Windows 10-based Alcatel Idol 4S for $470, which is $70 more than the unlocked Android version. If you thought the reduced screen resolution would also mean a lower price, well, this is a surprise package for you.