Alcatel's One Touch Idol X made a half-decent impression on us when it was announced at Mobile World Congress the best part of half a year ago now, but we haven't had sight or sound of it since then – until now, that is.
That's because the French firm has finally decided to get the thing out into the wild, and it's promising we'll be seeing the full HD “zero bezel” handset here in the UK too.
That zero bezel claim is a bit of a stretch, if we're honest: the front surface doesn't seem any more bezel-free than the LG G2, for instance, which isn't making the same claim. But it's certainly a near-zero bezel handset, for what that's worth. In fact, throw in a 6.9mm-thin chassis and 120g overall weight and you've got a seriously lean bit of mobile technology on your hands.
A quick glance through the main specs will make for familiar reading for any circa-2013 smartphone watcher: 5in full HD IPS display? Check; quad-core 1.5GHz processor? Check; 2GB of RAM? Check.
There's also a 13.1MP camera around the back and a 2MP job on the front, while you'll be needing the microSD card slot as there's just 8GB of internal storage to play with.
The one major downside seems to be the battery, which has just 2,000mAh of life in it.
All told, though, it's an attractive looking piece of kit with a half-decent spec sheet. But it's nowhere near as impressive as it was six months ago – a lesson Alcatel would do well to take on board before announcing its next flagship.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol X will be landing in the UK soon, we're told, though a specific on-sale date and price have yet to be finalised.