It’s not just Oppo and Huawei that are playing a smart game with smartphones, because Alcatel’s latest announcement is a little more than another iClone.

Fresh from the floor of Mobile World Congress, Alcatel has a new phone ready that looks to compete hard against even the top end phones out of the show, and the word is it will do it for a better price.

First, though, you need to know about the phone, so let’s talk spec, because they’re not bad for Alcatel’s Idol 4.

In this phone, you’ll find an eight-core Snapdragon 617 processor paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, though you won’t be fixed to that size, as there’s a microSD slot in this phone.


That microSD slot sits on a tray providing access to a nanoSIM, ejectable via a pin as you’d expect from a phone, and once it’s loaded, it’s Category 4 4G all the way.

Connectivity is also catered for over the high-speed 802.11ac standard which is also backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n, and there’s some high speed charging built into the phone, too.

But the screen appears to be going for a good impression, as is what is around the screen.


First things first, though, is that display, and Alcatel is equipping what appears to be a fairly bright and vibrant Full HD screen to the 5.2 inch size, and it is definitely easy on the eyes. We’re told a 5.5 inch model will be arriving eventually with a higher resolution 2560×1440 screen using AMOLED, but in this standard Idol 4, it’s just your typical Full HD.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, because the 5.2 inch size does offer a good 423 pixels per inch which is more than enough for the human eye not to see pixels.

Cameras are also here, too, and you can expect a 13 megapixel rear camera with an 8 megapixel shooter up front.


Overall, that’s not a bad set of specs, and after a brief play with the phone, we’re able to tell you that not only is Google’s Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” here, but that the news is good for the phone being as good as the news. Surprisingly so.

In the hands, the design is definitely familiar, though it’s hard to deviate terribly from the basic smartphone we all know and love.