Alcatel may have been focused on making a name for itself in the low-cost, low-end US smartphone niche of late, but any and all precautions will likely be ditched soon enough, as the top-shelf One Touch Idol X+ has just debuted at CES in Las Vegas.
Mind you, the Idol X+ is top-shelf not only by budget-friendly, Eastern standards, as it should be able to take on each and every high-end contender found on store shelves on the Western hemisphere. That includes Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, LG’s G2, Sony’s Xperia Z1 and just about all players powered by Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC.
Though Alcatel’s press release doesn’t exactly spell it out, the processor running the hardware show inside the latest member of the One Touch family is almost certainly MediaTek’s octa-core MT6592, clocked at 2 GHz. Octa-core in this case meaning an actual chip with eight cores capable of chugging at the same time, not two clusters of four each, in use alternatively depending on tasks.
Also establishing the Idol X+ as a genuine Galaxy S4 or LG G2 “killer”, you get a stunning 5-inch Full HD IPS display, 13.1 MP rear-facing camera, Hi-Fi sound and 7.9 mm wasp waist. Too bad slimness comes at a price, namely an average-sized 2,500 mAh battery.
The 2 GB of RAM are definitely a plus, albeit they’re not record-breaking, while the sole feature known at this time that just absolutely doesn’t work is the pre-loaded Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Hello, Alcatel, this is CES 2014, not 2013 you’re presenting your flagship at.
Oh, there doesn’t seem to be 4G LTE support either, although odds are Alcatel made the compromise in order to keep pricing low. No official words on that yet, but apparently in China the octa-core 5-incher is expected to cost around $330. Say what now? 330 bucks for octa-core speed, Full HD crispness and 2 GB RAM of smooth multitasking? Pull it off, Alcatel, and it’s one for the history books.
Just don’t forget to make arrangements for solid Western distribution before anything.