Alcatel has managed to grab attention at this year’s MWC by announcing its flagship smartphone OneTouch IDOL 3. Firstly, it is a “pair” of smartphones and secondly, they come in screen sizes 4.7” and 5.5”, reminding us of Apple’s iPhone 6/6 Plus duo which has the same sized display screens.
Another unique feature of the IDOL 3 pair is that they are reversible! So when you are in a hurry, you don’t have to search which is the top side of the phone. You can grab it from any side and talk. When you pick the phone upside-down, its interface adjusts automatically.
Moving on to specs, the IDOL3, the bigger one boasts of a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display powered by 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor. Memory options include a 2GB RAM and a 16GB or 32GB internal storage. Its Technicolor Color Enhance technology provides excellent color rendering, better visibility from all angles and its luminosity offers crystal clear outdoor readability even in bright sunlight.
The handset has a 13MP rear camera with a large aperture to get best pictures even in low light and an 8MP selfie camera with a wide 84 degree viewing angle. Its Fast Face Focus software can detect faces in just 0.26 seconds. A 2910 mAh battery resides in a 7.7 mm thin body. Dual hi-fi front speakers and JBL audio with Clari-Fi technology provide a great 3D surround sound experience.
The smaller IDOL 3 handset is a little downgraded version of the bigger one. Apart from the 4.7-inch 720p HD screen, it has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, a selfie camera of only 5MP and a smaller 2000mAh battery.
Both the IDOL 3 handsets offer 4G LTE and will carry Android Lollipop out-of-the-box. Alcatel hasn’t said anything about release date and pricing yet.