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Hands-on with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ [VIDEO]

Alcatel brought with them to CES a phone they hope will change people’s perceptions about their line of smartphone products. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ is the name of that phone, and they’ve really outdone themselves compared to previous attempts at high-end telephony. The specs sheet reads as follows:

  • 5-inch 1080p HD display
  • 2GHz octa-core MediaTek processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • 13.1 megapixel rear camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • 2,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Unfortunately this phone doesn’t seem headed far out of the Asian market, though we wouldn’t be mad to see it launch in Europe or even the Americas. It’s designed pretty well, with Alcatel hitting a nice point on aesthetics.

That the phone will launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is a bit disappointing, though considering this will be treated as a flagship model it probably won’t take long to get higher than that. On top of Jelly Bean is a slightly customized user interface.

Alcatel didn’t try to do too much here, and the device is probably better off for it. Moving around the user interface proved quite snappy, a concern we had considering MediaTek’s processors don’t usually perform quite as well as the likes of NVIDIA’s, Samsung’s or Qualcomm’s. We have a full hands-on look for you above, so be sure to take a look if you’re curious about the Idol X+.




  • DJ Lawless One™

    Is that touchwiz?

    • Matthew Merrick

      Touchwiz doesn’t deserve a complement like that

  • No_Nickname90

    I think phones should be launching with at least 4.3.
    That was a good update. I can kinda justify the understanding of phones not launching with 4.4.2, but 4.2? Outta line.

  • Jay

    Gorgeous display, is it an LED?

    • Matthew Merrick

      It’s a 1080p LCD, not an OLED, sorry

    • bitch_please

      It’s a CRT.

  • Sam Glxy
  • VersedNJ

    Still its a mediatek cpu. Meh. This is like putting a Kia engine in a Ferrari.

  • hemipw54

    What is wrong with that video?
    Terrible, like it was shot by a Glasshole with image stabilizer on.
    I guess that is why no wonderful, fascinating Glass device is used to report with, huh?