Alcatel Introduces New Idol 4 and Idol 4S Smartphones with a Magic “Boom” Key



Alcatel finally revealed its new Idol smartphones yesterday. The Idol 4 and Idol 4S, are an upgrade of last year’s Idol 3 smartphone. Like last year, Alcatel is sticking with its tried and tested model of fronting what are otherwise mid-range devices rightly priced as its flagship devices.

The two devices are similar in looks and design but vary in specifications with the Idol 4S being the more superior of the two devices. The Idol 4 has a full HD display while the Idol 4S has a Quad HD display. The Idol 4’s camera can only shoot full HD video while the Idol 4S can shoot video up to 2K. The former also arrives with half the onboard storage of the latter though they both have the ability to slot in a memory card for memory expansion.

Like Samsung, Alcatel’s latest devices also lack USB Type-C. They will ship with the usual microUSB port.

There are dual speakers on the front of both devices that should carry on the legacy of the Idol 3’s speakers as the best-sounding on any mid-range smartphone in the market. Alcatel has partnered with JBL and Waves for the audio experience.

The Boom Key
The Boom Key

The most distinct feature of the two devices is the magic button on the side of the metal frame that separates the glass front and back: the Boom key. The Boom key is the usual device power on/off button on steroids. Thanks to some clever software tweaks, the power button is able to capture successive images when pressed continually (burst mode), add special effects to videos, fire up nitrous when one is playing Asphalt 8: Airborne among several other key functions.


Here are specifications of the Alcatel Idol 4 and Idol 4S:

Idol 4 Idol 4S
Size 153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm 147 x 72.5 x 7.1 mm
Display 5.2-inch IPS LCD (1920 x 1080, 424ppi) 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED (1440 x 2560, 534ppi)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 clocked at 1.7 GHz 64-bit Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 clocked at 1.8 GHz
Memory 16 GB internal memory, 3 GB RAM 32 GB internal memory, 3 GB RAM
  • Rear : 13-megapixels
  • Front : 8-megapixels with flash
  • Rear : 16-megapixels
  • Front : 8-megapixels with flash
OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) Same
Battery 2,600 mAh 3,000
Network 3G, LTE Same
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac,
Bluetooth v 4.2, USB 2.0, NFC
Others Boom key, FM radio, fast charging Same
Colour options Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold and Metal Silver Same

The Idol 4 and Idol 4S support fast charging. The Idol 4 can be fully charged in just an hour while its larger sibling takes 1.6 hours to be fully charged.

Pricing and availability details of the two devices have not yet been revealed.



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