The Idol X gives a surprisingly strong showing from a firm not known for its high-end smartphones. While it doesn’t match the high flying Samsung, LG and HTC handsets, this is a solid Android smartphone.”
Much like the Huawei Ascend P6, the Idol X is thin, light and attractive, but remains inexpensive due to an underpowered processor and middling battery capacity.
On paper the Alcatel One Touch Idol X looks amazing value for money, but in reality can it hold its ground when compared to its rivals? Will it party with the stars or is it more likely to fall into the pile of devices which fail to hit the mark? We’ve put the Idol X through its paces to find out.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol X manages to pack a lot of features into a slender body. In terms of screen size it’s comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S4, is slightly larger than the HTC One, but smaller than the LG G2.
The Idol X also includes an impressive 13.1MP camera, and you should be able to pick up the One Touch Idol X for under £300 (around $350, AU$280), which makes it cheaper than its direct rivals at Samsung, LG and HTC.
For your money the Alcatel One Touch Idol X comes with: Android 4.2 – unfortunately not stock as there is a slight UI tweak from Alcatel, a 5-inch full HD screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2BG RAM.
May 16, 2013Sadly, Iron Man can’t save the Alcatel One Touch Idol. At its current price, the smartphone doesn’t hold a candle to the more powerful and robust Nexus 4. Even if the smartphone was eventually offered by a carrier at a cheap price or even for free, the performance issues aren’t worth it.Read the full review →
So while 2012 marked its first foray into smartphones, judging by what we’ve seen so far in 2013 from them it seems they’ve nailed affordability while maintaining a surprising amount of quality, a great combination.
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Feb 24, 2013By phone standards, 5 inches is enormous, yet the Idol X doesn’t feel huge at all. That’s partly because it’s so slim, and partly because the screen completely dominates the face of the phone. The bezel is incredibly thin, giving the feeling that not a millimeter is wasted.Read the full preview →
Feb 25, 2013The phone is only 0.27 inches thick, and Alcatel claims the “borderless” 0.09-inch bezel is among the thinnest in the biz. Built to reach up to HSPA+ 42 speeds this is definitely the most impressive device we’ve seen from Alcatel so far.Read the full preview →
Feb 24, 2013This device is extremely comfortable to hold, employing some near-soft plastic along the back and having a rather responsive touchscreen up front. With this device you’ll be rolling out with Alcatel’s own brand of Android.Read the full preview →
Mar 11, 2013It’s safe to say that we were impressed with the One Touch Idol X prototype we got our hands on and with a potential price of under £250 it looks to be an absolute bargain. The four colour options and sleekness of design will appeal to the style conscious.Read the full preview →
Feb 26, 2013The unit we handled was definitely pre-production softwarewise (Android 4.2 with light skin) and most likely in hardware too, so things might change for the retail version. The Idol X feels very thin and light, despite the huge display, and is fairly compact for the panel thanks to the thin side…Read the full preview →
Feb 25, 2013The handset is comfortable to hold and the touchscreen seems to be fairly responsive. Bottom line here, the One Touch Idol X seems to be a nice step up for Alcatel. On that note, we have yet to see anything regarding a price.Read the full preview →
Feb 25, 2013It’s a handset that has a very capable and responsive touchscreen, with a semi-soft plastic wrapped on the back. When we handled the phone, we noticed how extremely comfortable it was to hold, which is a good sign for such a large handset. The device will come in Red, Blue, and Yellow.