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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S

Update: Thanks to our good friends at WinFuture, we now have some clearer images of the Idol 4S (pictured above) and Idol 4 (below). As you can see, the new smartphones don’t look to feature many new design elements this time around, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The Idol 3 is a pretty attractive smartphone, and that also looks to be the case for the Idol 4 series.

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Original post: The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is still one of the best budget-friendly smartphones on the market. It comes with a big 5.5-inch Full HD display, a perfectly capable Snapdragon 615 processor, a decent camera and a good software experience. It’s also cheap, making it an even better deal when you can find one online for somewhere around $200-$250. If you’ve been wondering when the company plans on launching a successor to the Idol 3, you don’t have much longer to wait.

We now have a pretty lengthy list of specifications and details, thanks to some leaked support pages on Alcatel OneTouch’s website. It looks like there will be two successors to the Idol 3 – the 5.2-inch Idol 4 and the 5.5-inch Idol 4S. The company launched two different-sized handsets under the Idol 3 name last year which caused a little confusion, so it’s definitely nice to see there’s now an easier naming scheme behind the devices.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S AA 1

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S will be the higher-end model this year, with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, an octa-core 1.8GHz and 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 3000mAh battery, 32GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 512GB. It will also come with a 16MP rear camera with video stabilization (EIS) and a slow motion 8MP “sub-camera” with an 84-degree wide-viewing angle.

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 AA 1

The Idol 4 will come with a 5.2-inch LTPS Full HD display, an octa-core 1.7 GHz and 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 2/3GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 2610mAh battery and microSD expansion up to 512GB. The Idol 4 will also sport a 13MP rear camera with video stabilization, and the same 8MP “sub-camera” that’s on the 4S. Both devices will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and come with some notable software features like double tap to wake.

We’ve taken screenshots of both devices’ spec sheets in case the support pages are taken down. If not, though, feel free to head to Alcatel OneTouch’s site at the source link below to poke around a bit. I couldn’t find any other references to the handsets. Hopefully we don’t have to wait much longer for these to become official. But seeing as how MWC 2016 is right around the corner, we might be able to see the devices in person during the February trade show.

So, are you liking what you see so far?

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