The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is an awesome handset. Our very own Joshua Vergara said it was “one of the best budget phones of the year” when he reviewed it. Since then, we have recommended it in multiple lists and buying guides. The affordable smartphone continues to be a very enticing gadget for the price, and now it is getting better!
The Idol 3 is currently getting an upgrade to Android Marshmallow, which is an update we know many of you have been waiting for. It should include all the features you can expect from the newer Android version, including things like Doze mode, granular permissions, Google Now on Tap, adoptable storage and more.
For those who may be out of the loop, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is an affordable smartphone that offers some of the best bang for your buck. Prices start at only $179.99 for the 4.7-inch version and $249.99 for the bigger 5.5-inch iteration.
We’re excited to share that Android M is available for unlocked IDOL 3 devices beginning today!https://t.co/Ml3dpOtH75
— Alcatel USA (@ALCATEL1TOUCH) June 8, 2016
The larger handset includes specs like a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage,a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front shooter and a 2910 mAh battery. The smaller version sports a 4.7-inch 720p screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8/16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 2,000 mAh battery.
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And yes, both handsets are getting the update. If you own any of the unlocked versions, you should go ahead and check for updates now; Android 6.0 Marshmallow could be waiting for you! Just keep in mind not everyone gets upgrades right away. Sit tight if yours is not here yet!