Alcatel has introduced two new handsets to its mid-range and low end line up with the débuts of the One Touch Idol S and the Idol Mini. Both the handsets feature compact designs and both are under 8 mm thick – the Idol S being the thinner of the two at just 7.4 mm. The Idol Mini is only slightly thicker at 7.9 mm.
The Alcatel Idol S boasts of a 4.7-inch IPS display boasting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the hood is a dual-core processor clocked that has been clocked at 1.2 GHz. There is 1 GB of RAM and 4GB of on board memory. As expected, the device does get a micro SD card for memory expansion. Taking care of the imaging bit is an 8 megapixel camera at the rear which can also capture full HD videos at 30 fps. The phone currently runs Android 4.2 and will come in three color options – Slate, Fresh Rose and Cherry Red.
Moving on to the Idol Mini, this one is an entry level device featuring a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The Idol Mini is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor (probably a lower end variant since its higher end brother “only” gets a 1.2 Ghz chip). The RAM is just 512 MB which is inadequate in this age. Like its higher end counterpart, this one too runs Android 4.2 JellyBean and gets 4 GB of internal memory with the option to expand it further using micro SD cards. The phone also gets a 5 megapixel rear camera and support for HSPA+, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. This phone will come in two variants – a single SIM and a dual SIM version. The dual SIM version however skips a micro SD card slot but gets 8 GB of internal memory. Like its elder brother, this one too will come in three color options – Cranberry Pink, Silver and Slate.
As of now, the company has not confirmed either the price or the expected availability of these devices.