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Alcatel is a Telecommunications devices manufacturer which functions as a subsidiary of TCL Telecommunications. This parent Telecommunications is of Chinese origin and established way back in 2004. Alcatel is a brand specially marking the mobile phone venture of this company. Alcatel gained popularity only after venturing into the smartphone market. The One Touch Idol 3 series consist of two variants, the 4.7 and 5.5 versions. One of its well-received smartphones is the Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 (4.7), which is the product of our concern in this review. It was first officially announced at the Mobile World Congress which held in 2015. It was unveiled in March 2015. Then it went on to be released for sale in June 2015. This smartphone targets middle-class customers majorly. The unique and extensively talked about aspect of this smartphone is its reversible design. It is the first smartphone to come with a whole upside down reversibility in the user interface. Other USP’s of this smartphone is its good quality display and above average processor. Now let us look in more depth at its various technical specifications.
This smartphone comes with an entirely metallic base and body. The rim is made with the glossy metal surface while the rear surface entirely made of matte finished look. This matte finish gives the user a decently firm grip over the smartphone. Due to the carefully molded metallic casing, this smartphone looks premium. The length of this smartphone is around 134.6 mm. The breadth is around 65.9 mm. This smartphone is reasonably thin with a thickness of 7.6 mm. The weight of this smartphone is just 110 g and hence is light making it easy to carry around for a long time. The display of this smartphone is of 4.7 inches. The type of display used is a capacitive touch display supported by IPS LCD touch. The resolution of which it shows content is 720 x 1280 pixels. The multi-touch capacity is up to 5 fingers max. The pixel density of the screen is approximately 312 ppi. This smartphone comes in various colours to choose from spoiling the buyer with the myriad of choices.
This device works on Android OS v 5.0.2 (Lollipop). The chipset used here is Qualcomm MSM8916, Snapdragon 410 processor. The CPU used in this for processing is Quad – core ARM Cortex – A53 processor. The speed with which this processor performs the tasks is around 1.2 GHz. The graphics interface is taken care by Adreno 306. This smartphone comes with an internal storage capacity of 8GB or 16GB variations. Additionally, to make this convincing for the heavy users, it comes with the option of expanding the memory externally up to 256 GB. The memory expansion can be achieved using a micro SD card. It also comes with a RAM of 1.5 GB for both the variants.
It has a reasonable back camera with 13MP specification. The wide angle focal range is 28 mm. It comes with an aperture of f/ 2.0. It comes with LED flash too. The size of the sensor is 1/3 inches with a pixel size of 1.12 micrometer. The additional features available are the autofocus, digital zoom, optical image stabilization, and natural flash. The front camera though has only 5MP clarity with an aperture of f/2.6. The supporting features are geo-tagging, video recording and calling. The audio quality in this smartphone is not very good. It comes with basic speakers and the standard 3.5 mm audio jack. It comes with a fully functional FM Radio feature. The video in this smartphone can be recorded using the primary camera. Videos with a resolution of 1080p at 30fps can be recorded.
Alcatel One Touch Idol 3 (4.7) comes with non-removable Li – Ion battery of 2000mAh max capacity. It is pretty much below average for any decent smartphone. Hence, the talktime and standby time of this smartphone are very less. This smart device has a single sim. The sim is of micro sim type. The sim is compatible only with GSM connectivity. It supports 2G, 3G, and 4G. It also comes with the basic wireless connectivity features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0.
The best advantages in this smartphone are its good main camera, memory storage, and display specifications. The disadvantages though are its poor front camera and a mediocre processor.
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