Alcatel One Touch Idol X+

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Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Alcatel One Touch Idol X+'s screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A7 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. Alcatel's performance ratings are 13.3 days standby time, 1200 minutes (2G), 720 minutes (3G).



Those who can live with the chassis and without super-fast internet on the go can't do much wrong with a device offering decent quality. The Idol X+ is a fair offer.

- Florian Wimmer , Notebookcheck 


When the phone is working properly it’s actually quite good, but unfortunately, the OneTouch UI is full of bugs, that sometimes causes the phone to lock up, or just requires you to force close the launcher altogether.

- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 4 reviews

What's good

  • Bright, crisp display
  • Long battery life
  • Excellent audio output

What's bad

  • Inconsistent camera quality

As an updated version of the One Touch Idol X, reviews indicate that Alcatel once again proves that you don’t have to be a mainstream flagship phone to offer great performance. While it might not keep up with the latest devices, it certainly seems to offer plenty of power and functionality for a more affordable price than bigger competitors.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ features a plastic shell with a metal frame. Reviews indicate that the result is a sturdy, tight feel that is typically seen in more premium phones. While the phone doesn’t have Gorilla Glass, it uses a similar treatment that performed well on the Idol X. While most reviews of the design of the phone are positive, Phone Arena did call the plastic case “a bit slippery to hold.”

The phone features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display. This is on par with many high end devices. Reviews note that the panel is high quality, producing great color and plenty of brightness, even in bright sunlight. Phone Arena called the display “a piece of beauty”, while Pocket Lint noted, “the screen certainly shines.”

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The X+ is powered by an 8-core processor, something nearly unheard of in the mobile world. While this might lead to you believe it will run circles around most phones, it is important to note that the cores are on the slower side at 2Ghz. However, reviews indicate that the phone is plenty powerful to run games, stream HD video and perform most any task you ask of the device. Phone Arena remarked, “The interface is fluid, and the phone ran any app thrown at it.”

If you’re worried about how the 8-core processor impacts battery life, reviews indicate that you have little to worry about. Alcatel touted the power optimization of it’s 8-core processor before release and it seems that their optimizations have paid off. In it’s market, there are few devices that offer the longevity of this one. Most reviews showed battery life going toe to toe with high-tier phones in battery tests and Phone Arena estimates that a single charge is worth “about two days with average usage.”

Alcatel surprised many with the original Idol X. Now that people know what to expect, there were concerns that the X+ would live up to the hype. Perhaps Pocket Lint answers the question best when they say that the X+ “makes people stop and wonder why they are paying top dollar for the latest flagship handsets.“


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


Tech Advisor

An affordable dual-SIM smartphone with decent specs

from Tech Advisor

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ is one of the best dual-SIM phones we've reviewed and a good choice for the price. It has a nice design and good features like a Full HD display and 13 Mp camera but bear in mind that the Moto G 2014 and ZTE Blade S6 are both cheaper and dual-SIM. However, in the wide...More

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ is one of the best dual-SIM phones we've reviewed and a good choice for the price. It has a nice design and good features like a Full HD display and 13 Mp camera but bear in mind that the Moto G 2014 and ZTE Blade S6 are both cheaper and dual-SIM. However, in the wider smartphone market there is tough competition and its lack of a microSD card slot and other hardware such as 4G LTE support mean it's outpaced by the Honor 6.

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Notebookcheck

Those looking for LTE, a super-fast CPU and expandable storage will be disappointed

from Notebookcheck

So where exactly can the "plus" of the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ be found? The manufacturer's response would probably include "improved battery life and performance". And indeed, the Idol X+ delivers with regard to these two aspects. Although the 8-core CPU sounds more impressive than it is, its performance levels are more than sufficient given the price point of this device....

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So where exactly can the "plus" of the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ be found? The manufacturer's response would probably include "improved battery life and performance". And indeed, the Idol X+ delivers with regard to these two aspects. Although the 8-core CPU sounds more impressive than it is, its performance levels are more than sufficient given the price point of this device.

In addition, the not-even-mediocre battery runtimes of the Idol X have been improved considerably, yielding decent battery life. The reception quality and reliability of both the Wi-Fi and GPS modules is great, and there is even a JBL headset in the box, offering somewhat better audio quality than most standard headsets. Most would be well on the software side of things, if it weren't for the ancient Android version and some bloatware. Two SIM card slots, however, are a great addition for travellers, even though it is as much a pain to insert the cards as ever.

Still, there are a number of more crucial disadvantages, ranging from the rather high power consumption rate in standby mode, the far bulkier and less premium chassis (when compared to that of the Idol X) and the dimmer screen with a bluish tint to the low maximum 3G speed and the non-expandable storage - these might be dealbreakers from some.

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Android Authority

The overall performance leaves a lot to be desired

from Android Authority

The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ may not have the most unique design in the world, and by looking at it, you can definitely tell where the inspiration came from, but that of course doesn’t mean that it’s a poorly designed smartphone.

The build material is a combination of glossy plastic at the back, and an aluminium frame around the perimeter of the phone that actually makes it feel pretty solid in the hand, despite it being fairly light at 130 grams, and being quite thin at 7.9 mm. That being said, the glossy plastic back is a fingerprint magnet, which results in it being rather slippery....

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The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ may not have the most unique design in the world, and by looking at it, you can definitely tell where the inspiration came from, but that of course doesn’t mean that it’s a poorly designed smartphone.

The build material is a combination of glossy plastic at the back, and an aluminium frame around the perimeter of the phone that actually makes it feel pretty solid in the hand, despite it being fairly light at 130 grams, and being quite thin at 7.9 mm. That being said, the glossy plastic back is a fingerprint magnet, which results in it being rather slippery.

Overall, the Alcatel Idol X+ offers some very decent hardware, like the beautiful display and good camera, but suffers from way too many shortcomings to make it a viable option against the other smartphones in this price range, taking away any competitive edge that this phone might have had.

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PhoneArena

Very good 1080p display, excellent noise-canceling mics

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The Idol X+ fights back with enhanced audio output and the JBL headphones included in the price, as well as stellar call quality and dual SIM functionality, but the software part pulls it back in the murky mainstream. It runs an older version of Android, with a shady chance for update to KitKat o...More

The Idol X+ fights back with enhanced audio output and the JBL headphones included in the price, as well as stellar call quality and dual SIM functionality, but the software part pulls it back in the murky mainstream. It runs an older version of Android, with a shady chance for update to KitKat or beyond. Thus, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ remains a very good handset for the asking $400 price, but it will have to work harder for the money, compared to its predecessor.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2014
Regions available Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor ARM Cortex-A7 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.401 W/kg
Body: 0.361 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 389 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 355 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1200 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 720 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 13.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Bluish Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 6.9 x 0.8 cm (5.5 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 125 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments A dual-SIM model is also available with no expansion slot.
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