Alcatel Launches Idol 4S with 4GB RAM, VR Support & Windows 10 OS

by Teja Chedalla 4

Almost a month ago, we got our first glimpse at the world’s first Windows 10 powered smartphone with VR support. At that time, the images of the retail package of Alcatel Idol 4S running on Windows 10 OS are leaked. Now, the device is officially launched in the U.S at a price of $470 and will be on sale through T-Mobile. It comes with a free VR headset, and the device is pre-loaded with VR games and videos. For a limited time, the company is also offering a 45-day trial subscription of Hulu, a 60-day trial subscription to Groove Music, and a free copy of the Halo Spartan game for free with every purchase of Idol 4S.

On the front, there is a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD resolution. The device with a metal frame with 2.5D glass laid on front and back. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996) quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz. There is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage on this device. In the camera department, the Idol 4S sports a 21MP rear camera with PDAF and dual tone LED flash. For selfies, it comes with an 8MP front camera with wide-angle lens and single LED flash. There is a dedicated shutter button for capturing images instantly.

Using the Continuum feature, the Idol 4S smartphone can be used as a computer by connecting to a monitor and keyboard. The dual speakers placed on front and bottom of the device offers HiFi audio. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The Cortana comes pre-installed on this device and features the same options as on Lumia devices. The device is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery and is mentioned to give 13 hours of talk time and lasts upto 17.5 days on standby.

We can also find the circular fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello support placed on the rear. It feels very slim by measuring 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm. Earlier to this, there is also Android powered variant of Idol 4S with almost similar specifications. However, it came with a Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor instead of them much powerful Snapdragon 82o SoC. The rear camera on the Idol 4S running on Android OS is limited to 16MP while the front camera remains same as on Windows 10 powered variant.

Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is mad for traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @T4Teja.

  • Windows OS needs higher specs than Android OS! 🙂

    • Arpit Porwal

      Not at all, I had Lumia 710 and then lumia 520. Both had only 512 MB of RAM and they performed neatly. 710 Lasted for more than 18 months.

      • I said that in this context which implied in this article.

  • Arpit Porwal

    $470 that too for a Windows Phone. Nobody is gonna spend that much on a Windows phone. Hope some good brand launches a midranger windows phone. I was in love with my Lumias.