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Last week Alcatel (formerly Alcatel OneTouch) formally announced the Idol 4 and 4S, with the former designed to take the place of the current Idol 3 family and the latter representing a slightly more upscale high-mid-range experience. With the next-gen Idol family on its way, it was only a matter of time before the Idol 3 ended up on the discount rack.

Right on schedule, Amazon is now offering a pretty generous price cut of about $100 over the original pricing for the Idol 3, bringing the price of the phone to just $180. That’s not bad at all considering this is a fully unlocked model and only $50 more than the ‘locked’ version sold by Cricket Wireless.

See also:

Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S officially announced: here’s what you need to know

February 20, 2016

So what kind of hardware are you getting for $180? The Idol 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 615 with 2GB RAM, with other specs including a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 16GB storage, microSD, a 13MP rear cam, 8MP front cam, and a 2910 mAh battery. There’s also Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box. While the Idol 3 might be a bit less impressive than the Idol 4, and significantly less impressive than the 4S, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better phone for sub-$200.

What do you think, worth picking up the Idol 3 at a discount, or better to wait it out for the Idol 4 — even if it’s likely to be priced at least $100+ more? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • SeanPR11

    Great phone for the price, especially now. I just gave mine to my sister after getting a 6p. She had my first gen moto g, and loves the screen on the Idol.

  • KeyserSoze

    “Deal: Alcatel Idol 3 now just $180 on Amazon”

    Ha, you probably got that info from my post yesterday on another website. Where’s my credit and royalty payment?

  • tc

    I think Honor 5X is better for $200, Metal body, Fingerprint reader

    • abn

      Junk all hauwei phones are J. U. N k

      • Alejandro Delgado

        Clearly you’ve never had a Huawei phone

        • abn

          How else do u want me say it.
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          • Alejandro Delgado

            Great answer, mate. You clearly gave that one a tought.

  • Karly Johnston

    Idol 3 is too slow to be my daily driver but i still use it for the speakers.

  • Jordan S

    It’s only $109 at Cricket if you switch.

  • cicababa

    Idol 3 has only Android 5.0.2!!! 5.1 available with CM ROMs only!!!