Today the Mobile World Congress is in full swing with the likes of Alcatel One Touch, Lenovo, Samsung, and Nokia announcing new handsets, developments, and other goodies such as smart watches and wristbands. Yesterday, some companies decided to spill the beans a little early on their new devices, Alcatel One Touch was one of those companies first announcing the Idol 2 and the Idol 2 Mini.
Alcatel One Touch hope to bring premium design and sleek styling to the mass market with these two mid-range devices offering both a 3G and LTE connectivity at what Alcatel One Touch are calling a “smart price.”
Lets begin with the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2, this mid range device offers a 5″ qHD IPS display with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor which can be found in a super slim 7.3 mm body. It also comes with an 8 megapixel main camera capable of 1080p video, and a 2 megapixel front camera for video calling and selfies!
The Idol 2 is also available in four colours, Slate, White, Chocolate, and Hot Pink. The device also comes with LTE capabilities, this device comes with an “S” moniker. The Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 S comes with LTE, but with that you’re sacrificing the qHD display for standard HD, the processor speed falls a little too to 1.2GHz, and the front facing camera loses a few megapixels but gains 720p video.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 comes with Android 4.2 (Idol 2) or Android 4.3 (Idol 2 S) with Android 4.4 coming as an OTA update.
Next up is the little brother of the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2, the Idol 2 Mini. This device, though it has a Mini title, is still a big hitter. The device, once again comes in either 3G or LTE with the LTE variant once again coming with the “S” moniker. The Idol 2 mini comes with a smaller 4.5” qHD IPS display with a 1.2GHz Quad Core processor inside, this time however the Idol 2 Mini comes in a thicker 7.9 mm body.
The Idol 2 Mini comes with an 8 megapixel snapper much like its older brother, that’s also capable of 1080p video, as for the front facing camera, it also comes with a 2 megapixel snapper.
This time the only real difference between the Idol 2 Mini and the LTE Idol 2 Mini S is the devices thickness. The Idol 2 Mini S is much thicker with a 8.5 mm body, fortunately it doesn’t stray too far from the Idol 2 Mini with almost identical specifications. Both the Idol 2 Mini and the Idol 2 Mini S come with Android 4.3 out of the box with an Android 4.4 OTA Firmware update coming later.
The Idol 2 Mini comes in Full White, Hot Pink, Cloudy or Slate.
Alcatel One Touch haven’t revealed definitive availablity yet, but expect the devices to land sometime around March, April, or May. In terms of pricing, Alcatel One Touch have revealed that the Idol 2 and the Idol 2 S will be priced at €199 and €249, respectively. The Idol 2 Mini and the Idol 2 Mini S is priced at €169 and €209, respectively.