MWC 2013: skinny Alcatel One Touch Idol X dishes up full HD screen and Android 4.2

MWC 2013: skinny Alcatel One Touch Idol X dishes up full HD screen and Android 4.2Alcatel is one of those names that's trying pretty hard right now, tossing high end features and gimmicky claims at its Android range in equal measure to gain a share of the spotlight.

Its latest attempt is the One Touch Idol X, which has emerged at Mobile World Congress 2013 boasting decent looks, a full HD display, a skinny waistline and Android 4.2.

It also has a frankly daft name – either someone at Alcatel is a serious reality TV fan, or is blissfully oblivious of same. Put it this way: there's some serious brand tie-in potential for a special edition One Touch Pop Idol X Factor, isn't there? No? Just me... oh well.

Moving swiftly on, this is indeed one of the new 5in 1080p Android armada that have been popping up recently, though in this case real-world appearances will only kick off in July. Are companies still seriously announcing phones five whole months ahead of their actual launch? Crazy.

What that inevitably means is any decent-sounding specs will be less so when the One Touch Idol X actually appears, so we won't get too excited by things like a 1.2GHz processor, a 13-megapixel camera (which might only be 8MP depending on the market), while 16GB of internal memory is pretty much standard anyway.

Our most recent exposure to Alcatel's ways came at CES 2013 when it unveiled the One Touch Idol Ultra, which took the crown for mobile anorexia by measuring just 6.45mm in profile. The One Touch Idol X is a bit better-fed, but is still rather skinny at 7.1mm, especially considering it has a bigger screen than the Ultra.

Sadly there's no room for LTE support, it seems, something we're hoping will become a rarity from mid-range releases going forward now that the UK and Europe is stepping into the 4G age at long last.

With still so long to go before the One Touch Idol X actually goes on sale, there's nothing specific on where that'll actually be happening, or for how much, but we'll keep an ear out in the months to come for more info.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:23

How cruel after showing off that ridiculous cheap-o-phono with the Firefox OS....

http://static.ibnlive.in.com/ibnlive/pix/sitepix/02_2013/firefox-250213.jpg

Sidebar: that red looks actually loads better than Nokia's or any of the others' - in my most humble of opinions.

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:41

Hard to think of anything from alcatel as midrange.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:49

Okay, I must go offtopic... what IS Mozilla thinking?
YOU can't make a decent mobile browser, so, logically, you move on to a whole mobile OS?
And you present it on a cheap-o-phone in a not-quite-working state? A day before MWC?

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:52

YOU can't make a decent mobile browser, so, logically, you move on to a whole mobile OS?

Well MS started it ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:55

YOU can't make a decent mobile browser, so, logically, you move on to a whole mobile OS?

Well MS started it ;)


hahahahahaha :p
In fairness - the WP browser beats ALL versions of FF mobile. Ever.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 25, 2013 at 13:10

Quality is matter of perception - make a crap OS with mediocre browser and your browser will "look" good.

Pondlife  Feb. 25, 2013 at 20:38

Tbh I prefer firefox to the ios one.

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