Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Android Smartphone

We’d learned to love the One Touch series of Alcatel, or technically, of TCL Communications (the OEM). The One Touch Idol among the series is among the most sought, not only because it is relatively cheap, but also because it has all the goodies a typical modern smartphone should have and be. However, cognizant of this marketing hit, the company again produced any breed of ‘idol,’ enhancing the power of the model into an ‘ultra’ model. There’s not a price yet and there’s not just a lot of news about it, but we would surely love what we are about to hear.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, at first, is considered the ‘thinnest smartphone’ of today, marking at a surprising 6.45mm thickness without compromise to build quality. Being slim is the main selling point here, probably, and the rest—including the good display—comes next to the buying tip. However, while it is slim, the company must have learned to compensate the obvious plastic unibody material with a rubbery matte coating, making the hold of the Idol Ultra feel more secure and handy. However, being a unibody design, you won’t hope for a removable battery, and you get other oddities such as a missing SD card slot and an extra SIM slot; the series is actually known to have produced quality dual-SIM phones these days.

Moreover, adding to the misery of serving a unibody chassis, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is also missing one vital organ to the hardware: it lacks a 3.5mm audio port. This must be one of the weirdest and the most frustrating part here, even if we were told there’s an adapter for it via a micro-USB cable. To console us a little, at least the slightly protruded edges have flaps to cover the ports, making the slim form factor look more elegant. Talking about protrusion, there’s also the familiar protruding main (back) camera as well, and it scores pretty attractive for having an 8MP resolution though without a flash. The front camera sports a 1.3MP.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra sports the same retouched Jelly Bean interface on this model, and hardly there’s any news about a firmware upgrade especially to the newest Jelly Bean version. The display, unlike other models which has IPS, is not using an AMOLED technology, and though there’s the said oleophobic coating for resisting prints and smudges, having no good angle can be a bit of a shame (that is, if you will get this for a price higher than expected). The HD display has 720x1280p resolution, and at 4.65inches in size and at a pixel density of 316ppi, you won’t get disappointed with what you’ll get here especially when you are about to watch 720p movies. Outside this, the sound is just good enough, but if you want quality audio, take the hassle of plugging an earphone to the adapter.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra is also among the first few smartphones to offer MTK technologies, and this may sound interesting for this particular model even if it is only clocked at 1.2GHz for a dual-core processor. Backing this up is 1GB of RAM together with a 13.3GB usable storage memory, and having no expansion slots means you have to limit your contents here. Outside these, there’s not a 4G feature here, and it has the same old-fashioned Bluetooth technology and Wi-Fi feature. The Idol Ultra is smooth in performance, but that will only be good if you have used it with a fairly minimal amount of installations or usage. After a couple of weeks, observe that hiccups will now arise.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, ultimately, is not having a good battery, making you charge hopefully once a day if not twice depending on how you spend its life. Again, being slim is its main selling factor, and outside, you get an ordinary smartphone with limited hardware capabilities, all in one price that we are excited not to get too high.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 14,000.00

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