The Idol X+ overhauls on the weakest spot of the Idol X, gloating the "accurate octa-center" Mediatek processor, rather than the weak quad-center that we had a year ago, however the other principle specs, in the same way as the 5" 1080p board, remained unaltered. Alcatel did add something additional notwithstanding the processor overhaul, as sound enhancements.
Operating System Android OS, v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
Dimension 140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm , Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
Size 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
Processor Octa-core 2 GHz, MT6592 chipset
Storage 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM, microSD, up to 32 GB
Primary 13.1 MP, Secondary 2.1 MP
Battery Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
StandBy Up to 440 h (2G) / Up to 340 h (3G)
Talk Time Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900, 2100
Colors Blue, Black, Red, Yellow
Design And Display
The sizes are a long way from a year ago rich Idol X, however the X+ still displays a similarly thin and light body, that is simpler to hold with one hand than other 5-inchers.
We need to concede that we approached the Idol X+ outline with blended sentiments. On one hand, it is sufficiently thin and light for a 5-incher, at 0.31" (8.1mm), and 4.59 oz (130g). That is about as thin and overwhelming as the Galaxy S4, for instance. Then again, it is not as svelte and fluffy, as the 6.9mm Idol X, whose sizes are truly amazing for a 5" telephone. In addition, its gleaming back feels a bit elusive to hold, again contrasted with the delicate touch plastic of its ancestor. What the Idol X+ inherits, nonetheless, is the metallic compound edge around the side, that considers structural inflexibility in a nearly light frame. That edge wraps the telephone around the sides, interfered with just with thin set patterns for the ports and catches.
The prolonged configuration of the Idol X+, with its wide top and lowest part bezels, is similarly simple to work with one hand.. The telephone is less wide than the Galaxy S4, for instance, also the largish S5, Xperia Z2 or HTC One (M8), all of which likewise accompany 5" showcases.. Our just fuss with the outline of the Idol X+ is the force/lock key set at the top, making it a strict stretch to press on such a tall handset. Both the lock key up top, and the volume rocker on the right, notwithstanding, are not difficult to feel and press, with conventional material reaction. The sides likewise house two card spaces - in our double SIM adaptation they are both for the bearer micro SIM cards, though with the single SIM variant you get a SIM space and a microsd one. The defensive folds that blanket those two card openings on both sides accompany irregular outline. They are totally flush with the metal edge around the telephone, with just a little "pimple" distending at their upper parts. When you drag it with your nail/fingertip, the fold opens up, so you can embed the SIM or memory card, then you can slap it back up, and a modest magnet at the flip side secures it, keeping it flush with the side surface, and practically undetectable. The "pimple" is minor, nonetheless, so it at times takes a while to pick it, and keep the fold open.
There are three capacitive navigational keys underneath the display, which are not the most responsive we've attempted, however do the occupation. They are, gratefully, illuminated, and the white light tasting through matches the little LED notice dab beside the earpiece opening. There is additionally a 2 MP front Camera up there, and in addition a surrounding light sensor which has exactly the intended effect, darkening the presentation continuously when the light goes down, or impacting it up outside.
With the telephone's guarantee for a "Howdy Fi" sound come JBL-marked in-ear earphones, and what resembles a double speaker set flame broils at the bottom. These are not two speakers, nonetheless,, but instead copy such an impression, while the telephone houses simply a solitary amplifier there.
The 5" 1080x1920 pixels board is of the covered IPS-LCD mixture, importance a tight, splendid, low-reflection bundle, incorporating the touch layer into the presentation itself. Its assurance is ensured by the sturdy Asahi Dragontrail glass, which is like Corning's Gorilla Glass, and the brand that Alcatel works with on every last bit of its late telephones. With 441ppi pixel thickness, the screen is a bit of excellence, indicating no symbol or content jaggies, regardless of the fact that you investigate it up close and individual. The shade representation is to a great extent fair, when contrasted with the standard RGB range, with the most deviation happening in the light blue and red tones. The 6289 Kelvins white point is phenomenal, and near the reference 6500 K, so you won't recognize an excessively chilly or warm cast while utilizing the presentation.
The screen is really splendid (we measured 447 nits), and with great reflection covering, importance you won't have inconveniences seeing it outside, even as we tried under immediate daylight. Brilliance and shades move somewhat at great review points, in any case, once more, nothing out of the standards for a great IPS-LCD screen.
Operating System And User Interface
Alcatel supplies a clean Onetouch Android interface overlay on top of 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the Idol X+. This is two variants preceding the current Android 4.4 Kitkat, with no statement whether this handset will ever get to Kitkat. Its general looks are not a long way from the stock experience, with the lock screen, contacts, wallpaper and notice bar design nearly matching it, put something aside for the transparent foundation. The lock screen shows date, time and climate, or logbook, and you can swipe here and there and then here again between the two without opening.
The iconography is enormous, vivid, and disagreeing tapped on. The most utilized applications have easy routes set straightforwardly on the home screens of course, and the rest are conveniently masterminded into classified Google Services, Productivity, Assistance, Tools and Games organizers there. Those organizers are intensely populated with preinstalled stuff – from a Torch application, through two work places – Quickoffice and Kingsoft - to a couple of Gameloft titles. Alcatel likewise tosses in a couple of really handpicked widgets for your climate, contacts and datebook obligations, which look much superior to the stock ones. We were charmed to see that the fantastic Swiftkey application has remained the default console alternative on the Idol X+, much the same as it was on the Idol X.
The dock holds four symbol alternate routes, which could be revised and supplanted to your heart's craving, and that about entireties up the interface customizations Alcatel has peppered on.
Since we have a double SIM gadget, the organization has guaranteed a SIM administration application is available also, which gives you a chance to name and shade your two associations however you see fit, set meandering inclination or confinements for them.
Processor And Memory
The weakest spot of the Idol X was the measly quad-center Mediatek chipset, yet the Idol X+ has overhauled its innards well here. The processor is still Mediatek, yet the new "correct octa-center" Mt6592, timed at 2 Ghz, joined by a Mali-450 GPU. By "correct octa-center," Mediatek implies that the eight centers can fire on all barrels on the double, which is not that hard to accept, given that the centers are still of the economical and moderately feeble Cortex-A7 sort. As should be obvious from the benchmarks underneath, this Mediatek chipset may not be in the positions of Snapdragon 801, or even 800, yet it positively won't abandon you request more. Its CPU scores marginally beneath Snapdragon 800, or more Snapdragon 600, however the design unit falls behind, being keeping pace with the Snapdragon 600 GPU. The interface is liquid, and the telephone ran any application tossed at it, including substantial 3d diversions like Asphalt 8.
Alcatel has put 2 GB of RAM in the handset, supporting multitasking and stacking times. We likewise get 16 GB (12.75 GB client accessible) of inner memory, in addition to a microsd opening, yet just for the rendition with one SIM card.
The 13 MP shooter on the once again of the Idol X+ is combined with a LED blaze, and we get a 2 MP Camera at the front, fit for 1080p feature. The Camera application interface is extremely natural, with a transparent foundation, so you can just take after the casing before your lens. There are HDR, Panorama, 360, Night and Sports shooting modes, while from the more praiseworthy settings just ISO (up to 1600) and presentation change sliders are available. There aren't any shade impacts to apply in the event that you are into those, so you'd need to test the Play Store for a third gathering application.
More often than not, the color immersion of the pictures is truly common, speaking to rightly the scene before the lens, without exaggerated or repressed shades. On the other hand, some piece of the photographs we took in wide sunshine have an unappealing frosty cast to them. Introduction is to a great extent right much of the time, conveying accurate to-life photographs. Subtle element is bounty, as we might anticipate from a 13 MP shooter, and the clamor circumstance is held under control. The HDR mode takes a long while to consolidation the photographs, brought with diverse introduction settings, while the final consequence is noticeably implausible looking to boot, as though passed through an Instagram channel.
At the point when inside, or in other low-light circumstances, the photographs turn out great also, without an extreme measure of clamor, actually when the lights get darkened down. The LED blaze, on the other hand, is fairly frail, and didn't light up our test scene appropriately from the standard five feet separation.
The fixed 2500 mah battery unit in the Idol X+ is on the easier end for limit in this class, btu still 20% bigger than what we had on its forerunner. This may have justified a thicker handset, however Alcatel still refers to 12 hours of talk time in 3g mode - respectable, contrasted with the cell phone normal. Standby is short of what normal, however, at something like 10 days, since the handset need to administer two system associations on the double. Alcatel likewise asserts 36 hours of constant music playback from the Idol X+, which sounds dependable, as its not that huge of an accomplishment in a day and age where a few telephones refer to a 100 hours.
At the point when the Onetouch Idol X came a year ago, it was the most slender, lightest, and least expensive 5" handset with a great 1080p presentation. Its Idol X+ successor, notwithstanding, will have a steeper move in front of it. Truly, the telephone has remained moderately smaller, and has gained critical processor, battery limit and capacity updates, however the $400 launch value has remained unaltered. This places it in immediate rivalry with a year ago leaders, in the same way as the LG G2 or the Galaxy S4, which can now be found in the same value range.
The Idol X+ battles over with improved sound yield and the JBL earphones included in the cost, and in addition stellar call quality and double SIM usefulness, yet the product part pulls it back in the dinky standard. It runs a more established rendition of Android, with a shady chance for redesign to Kitkat or past. Accordingly, the Alcatel Onetouch Idol X+ remains a great handset at the asking $400 cost, yet it will need to work harder for the cash, contrasted with its ancestor.