The Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 now available SIM-free

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'Available' as in 'if you live in the USA', though hopefully the new Alacatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 flagship will soon become available in other world regions, now that the T-Mobile exclusive is over. The device is retailing, SIM-free, at $470, which is competitive given the specification.

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The T-Mobile exclusive was therefore for two months and this is now up. As a reminder, here's the original T-Mobile promo for the phone, along with specs:


  • Windows 10 Mobile, including access to Continuum and Microsoft Office apps
  • A fingerprint sensor that enables Windows Hello for added convenience and security
  • In-box virtual reality bundle included
  • Brilliant 5.5-inch Full-HD (1920×1080) AMOLED display that delivers a great viewing experience, even in direct sunlight
  • Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor (2×2.15GHz + 2×1.6GHz) with Adreno 530 GPU for smooth multitasking and video processing
  • 21MP main camera with Sony IMX230 sensor + 8MP front camera with 84-degree wide angle lens
  • 3000mAh Battery for up to 20 hours of talk time and USB-C charging featuring Quick Charge
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM (with MicroSD support up to 128GB)
  • Dual 1.2W multi-directional speaker featuring Hi-Fi audio for a more immersive sound experience

See also Alcatel’s website for more information and full product specifications. This looks very decent indeed, competitively specced and priced. It's slightly odd that the screen is 1080p and not QHD, given the VR pretensions, but I'll reserve judgement until I've tried it (when it makes it across the pond to Europe).

It still feels odd to see non-Nokia, non-Microsoft hardware leading the charge for Windows on phones - and in many ways I'd still rather have a Lumia 950 XL but hey, Microsoft in its short sightedness infinite wisdom, decided to stop making the latter, meaning that it can now only really be found in clearance sales and second hand. Still, let's stay optimistic, the IDOL 4S does have some great attributes of its own.

Source / Credit: Microsoft USA