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.

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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.