Alcatel One Touch Idol X+, Idol Alpha, and Smart Boom Band Launched

 

Alcatel’s 2014 flagship, the One Touch Idol X+, is here. Here’s our on-the-spot unboxing.

  • The Idol X+ has 5″ IPS display with a dense pixel per inch count – 441 – allowing for vivid colors and sharp images for all your photos and videos.

    Alcatel One Touch Idol X+

  • Here’s the run down.
    Alcatel One Touch Idol X+

  • While no one’s looking, let’s pull the Idol X+ out of its packaging.
    Alcatel One Touch Idol X+

  • These sound wonderful.
    Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ JBL Earphones

  • The translucency on the pull down notification panel looks cool.
    Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ Display

  • Sold separately for P1,900.00, the Smart Boom Band acts as fitness and sleep tracker plus phone unlocker and anti-theft device (it sounds off when the Alcatel phone paired with it is beyond a certain distance).
    Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ Boom Band

Against the crop of P15k-ish octa-cores on the market, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ does a few things up its sleeve:

  • a slim, thin, solid, and round-cornered physique that’s easy on your eyes and comfy in your hand;
  • an octa core set up that clocks slightly higher than competing octa core phones, such as the Gionee Elife S5.5, so that browsing and multi-tasking are noticeably snappier, and battery life enough to get you through the work day;
  • that God-wonderful-sounding JBL earphones that comes with – it’s worth around P4k (if I’m not mistaken) and can go toe-to-toe with the Quad Beats earphones that come with the LG G2 and G3;
  • works seamlessly with a sold-separately fitness and sleep tracker Alcatel Smart Boom Band (P1,900.00) which also acts as phone unlocker and phone anti-theft device.

Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ Box

That said, the Alcatel Idol X+ does not have:

  • expandable storage, so if you install a lot of games and take lots of pictures and videos, that 12 GB user-available space runs out fast (you’ll need something like this, to augment the storage);
  • LTE, but then even in some LTE spots we get only 3G, so you might not miss this;
  • Android Kitkat, because you don’t want to worry about your phone’s not having the latest version of Android;
  • a wide-angle front camera lens, which can take in more people when taking selfies (in this department, the Huawei Ascend P7 and Gionee Elife S5.5‘s 8MP front cam have a slight edge).

On balance, the Alcatel Idol X+, specs-wise, is not a poor performer.

 

And here’s the midrange spec’d Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha

Its sleek profile blends a metallic design and “translucent” edges and all of this in a curved physique that’s is just way cool.

Alcatel Idol Alpha Specs

Here’s a solo of that tin can case the Idol Alpha comes in, because I couldn’t resist.

Alcatel Idol Alpha Can

I’d love for my sleek phone to come in a can. But then the “unboxing”  review wouldn’t be called that. Uncanning?

And finally, here’s what the P 1,900.00 Alcatel Smart BoomBand can do.

 

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.