The SIM-unlocked Alcatel IDOL 4S quietly goes on sale through the Microsoft Store
Looks like speculation that Alcatel's Idol 4S running Windows 10 Mobile going carrier-unlocked (GSM) after a T-Mobile exclusivity ended were true. As spotted on MSPU Microsoft has begun to make the rather powerful – and impressive – Windows 10 Mobile phone available for purchase in the US through their store.
Asking price is still the same $470, which includes the VR goggle package and 21MP rear camera.
Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Specs
|CPU||Snapdragon 820 | Quad Core CPU @2.15 GHz|
|Display||5.5-inch FHD AMOLED|
Dragontrail 2.5D Glass
|Camera||21 MP rear camera|
8 MP front-facing camera
Quick Charge 3.0
|Windows Hello||Yes (Fingerprint)|
|Audio||Dual speakers with Hi-Fi surround sound|
|Dimensions||153.9 x 75.4 x 6.99 mm|
Wi-Fi Calling 1.0
A2DP, OPP, HFP, AVRCP, PBAP
The rest of the specifications and color ('Halo Gold') are all the same as well. In fact, it's likely the same device as our review unit, which was unlocked as well and worked brilliantly on AT&T with no issue.
Microsoft notes that the unlocked version should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, H20, Straight Talk, Cricket Wireless, MetroPCS, and select prepaid carriers.
Supporting Continuum, VR, and a handy fingerprint reader the Idol 4S is also one of the slimmest and nicest looking Windows phones we have seen.
In my full review of the Idol 4S, I had nothing but outstanding things to say about the hardware, design, execution, and price. While the Windows 10 Mobile ecosystem and app situation are well known and the Idol 4s's camera pales to a high-end Lumia, it is still the best option for the Microsoft fan who see little value in going to iOS and Android.
See the IDOL 4S at Microsoft (opens in new tab)
It's unclear if the Idol 4S will go on sale internationally, but we'll keep an eye out for any signs of more general availability. Let us know in comments if you plan to get one or jump into our IDOL 4S forums for more discussion!
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Now I sold s7 edge and got Axon 7 6gb ram version sold Lumia 950 as I have Lumia 1020 lying around and also brought blu life one x2 as 2nd phone 64gb with 4gb ram... Soo far Iam sorted.. Will wait for s8 and Nokia flagship to get launched then will decide which to buy... As for windows hope surface phone is great and something out of the box for me to start using windows mobile as my main device
Great news by the way!!!
Even though I've got the HP, and LOVE IT! This would be my next choice. Think this is a step very close to international availability. Australia!
Can only hope to have more models come from Alcatel this year.
Hey, I'm a this man today.
Yes it needs to be promoted. But how? Buy this phone because we're almost finished with the software. You'll be ready.
Don't get me wrong. I have this phone. I love this phone. But.. we still don't know what the future is. We don't know when Microsoft will decide to emphasize Mobile.
However, it is becoming likely that I am going to have an Android in between.