The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 has garnered a lot of attention this year as an affordable phone with very capable hardware and beautiful design. Now Alcatel OneTouch is launching the smaller 4.7" flavor of the Idol 3 that has the same basic design elements with a lower-price tag.
The Onetouch Idol 3 4.7 will be available in the U.S. and Canada this Friday - August 14 for $180. It has been available in various markets for a while but USA and Canada didn’t get the same launch treatment.
When Alcatel OneTouch first launched the Idol 3 back in March, it said that the device would be available in two variants: 5.5 inches and 4.7 inches. As with most compact versions of larger smartphones, there are some differences between the Idol 3 5.5 and Idol 3 4.7.
The Idol 3 4.7 is just 0.3 inches thick and weighs just 3.88 ounces. As its name indicates, the handset has a 4.7-inch display with 1,280 x 720 resolution (HD).
The device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and 1.5GB of RAM. It’ll come preloaded with Android 5.0.2, and it supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, and 17. There's a 2,000mAh battery that's not removable. The Idol 3 4.7 comes with 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through the microSD card slot up to 32GB. The phone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and connectivity options include 4G LTE (GSM Networks), Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
The Idol 3 4.7 still comes with the same dual, front-facing speakers similar to that of 5.5″ IDOL 3 and also the fully reversible design, which means the phone can be used upside-down and the software will adapt. Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, 4.7 inch Alcatel Idol 3, Alcatel OneTouch The Chinese phone-maker also revealed that the Idol 3 4.7″ will be getting a security patch aiming to fix the gaping Stagefright hole.
The budget smartphone market has been getting pretty good lately as companies are increasingly releasing budget smartphones in an attempt to cater to developing countries and lower-income areas. In the US, Motorola has a lock on the budget market because of its popular Moto G. With its solid specs and design in addition to its low price point, we expect the Idol 3 4.7 to sell even better than its larger brother. Those interested can buy it from Alcatel OneTouch’s US web store, as well as from Amazon.