Don’t get it wrong, but at a cheap price, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is designated as a flagship by the company. Although you can’t compare the handset to those who compete in the ultra high-end range – due to the significantly lower price – but it still managed to pull out some more-than-just-enough specs.
- Nice plastic design, definitely doesn’t look cheap
- Vibrant colors
- A worthy value-for-price handset
- Sluggish multitasking
Alcatel offers two different size, 4.7-inch and 5.5 with the latter having quite a distinct performance in the lung machine and will become our focus throughout this review.
You won’t get top-notch metal frame or alluminium alloy here since Alcatel has pushed the price down. But we do appreciate their effort in turning the supposedly cheap plastic to a more prestigious handset. The back case is accentuated with scratchy finish and the corners are curvy.
Up to the front, the JBL speakers is present above and below the 5.5-inch screen. Just like other Chinese manufacturers who pushed for price-for-value emphasis, Alcatel provided the display with nice and crisp 1080p resolution. This is one of the advantages that you’ll get when opting for the larger size of the two. The pixels stood at 400ppi density bursting more than 600 nits of maximum brightness.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 packs octa-core 2.15GHz Snapdragon 615 chipset paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s Adreno 405 GPU for those who concern about game playability. Playing any mid to highly demanding games wouldn’t be a problem, but we found that when you open up multiple apps at the same time, the navigation can be laggy.
The main shooter benefits from the 13-megapixel IMX214 sensor made by Sony. It comes with LED flash and f/2.0 aperture to help you capture images in dim light. On the front, there’s 8-megapixel camera which is ample for taking casual selfies. The images are sharp and you can aim on faces instantly thanks to the Fast Face Focus mode. The camera also took low-light images surprisingly pleasing even without using the LED flash.
Speaking of internal storage, 16GB should be enough, otherwise you can always insert a microSD card up to 128GB to the dedicated slot. Powering the device is a 2910 mAh non-removable battery, similar to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and LG G4. At a regular use, the battery could stand for 1 day and a half.
Conclusions: Alcatel has made a strong cheap ‘flagship’ contender and it was hailed as one of their best efforts in making a handset with some serious specs on paper. For $147 you arguably could get a device worth $250 here.