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TCL Communication, designer and manufacturer of Alcatel One Touch range of phones, may have finally found a valid reason to call India as its next market.
Although there are so many International handset manufacturers doing business in India, but very few of them have managed to listen to consumers' wish list. In order to keep pace with worldwide changes, Alcatel took the first step (of sorts) in making its brand visible in the country.
The company today launched the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ in India. The Chinese company has said the Idol X+ will be made exclusively through India's largest online retailer Flipkart, starting June 3, for Rs. 16,999. For the reminder, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ was originally introduced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Alcatel has been churning number of affordable phones. But after the success of Idol X, the company finally understood the importance of mid-range segment. The Octa-Core powered Idol X+ is a minor upgrade over its predecessor. So yes, Alcatel's greatest smartphone, the Idol X+, has finally landed in India. Are you still surprised? Nah, neither are we.
We just got finished with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X + India launch event and GizBot had some brief hands-on time with the new device. Here are our first impressions on Alcatel's latest mid-range Android smartphone from the brief period that we used it at the Delhi launch event.
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - Design and Display
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ remains unchanged from its predecessor, the Idol X, when it comes to screen size. The 5-inch FHD IPS (441ppi) display is covered by Dragontrail glass with fingerprint coating (a rival to Corning Gorilla Glass 3). The screen is vibrant with decent images quality. The screen has good viewing angles, all thanks to IPS display.
Talking about the design, in particular, we were amazed to see the build quality. Although the device is not made out of metal, still the makers have tried to give something better than the rest. Once again, the build quality seems fantastic. Also, there's a metallic rim surrounding the device, which definitely makes the overall design neat yet elegant.
The device measures 140.4 x 69.1 x 8.1 mm and weighs 130 grams. The rear-back cover reminds of Asus ZenBook notebook- very shiny, but still gorgeous. Unfortunately, the back cover is non-removable, and so is the battery. However, the design, weight and thoughtfulness of the whole package justify the price tag.
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ - Software
The Idol X+ hits the ground running with the dated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile OS. The user interface (UI) is indeed very colorful, but surely not complicated when compared to, say, the Gionee E7 for instance. With the Idol X+, Alcatel has wonderfully handled the software department without messing up the UI. Nevertheless, there are some really weird aspects of UI, which we would like to highlight in our detailed review.