T-Mobile (US) Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 Mobile gets detailed in new training guide
Earlier this week Zac Bowden and I made our predictions about next week in New York City at Microsoft's event. One of the 'maybes' was the announcement of the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 Mobile.
It looks like we may be right as the training guide for T-Mobile employees has landed in our lap signaling an imminent launch. While we do not have a firm launch date, we can at least share with you some more details.
Alcatel IDOL 4S
T-Mobile Extended Range LTE
|CPU||Snapdragon 820 | Quad Core CPU @2.15 GHz|
|Display||5.5-inch FHD AMOLED|
|Camera||21 MP Rear|
8 MP FF
Quick Charge 2.0
|Windows Hello||Yes (Fingerprint)|
You'll notice in a few of the training slides that VR goggles are included. In fact, the VR goggles are the packaging for the IDOL 4S, which is interesting.
The good news here is that T-Mobile US should finally have a powerhouse of a phone for Windows 10 Mobile fans. Hopefully, we'll get out hands on it soon to give it a full review. No word if an unbranded version will be available for the rest of the world.
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Poor experience in my 650, 950XL.
Let's see if HP and Alcatel can turn things around ;)
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Latest RS2 seems much more stable and.. well.. faster than the first couple of builds
The reality is, W10M has started slowing down MORE compared to equivalent Android. Android hasn't improved a lot.
The moment you actually start using a few apps, access notifications quickly, open and close apps fast, it heats up. And it heats up A LOT. It becomes uncomfortable to hold. Needless to say, the heat slows down the CPU. Thus the phone slows down. :(
. Lovely phone otherwise.
Same with the 650 too. So its not the hardware, but the OS at fault. Or maybe the firmware. But ive seen many people commenting about Anniversary update issues too.
The CPU is slowed down on purpose to generate lesser heat and thus bring temp down to normal levels. Because of the slow clock speeds, the OS feels sluggish for even things like typing, entering the PIN, etc. Hope this helps. :)
Haven't run into that problem with my 950XL even when updating 50+ apps while simultaneously charging the device though
W10M is a beautiful looking OS with pretty decent functionality for daily use. It works well on good hardware most of the time but I guess the OS-Firmware combo as of now still isn't a 100%.
Reviews on sites like WC show the good and very little bad but not the worst. I'm a fan of the OS, but im not a troll like @vhyr, @DGCBS, etc.
It could be the firmware, the OS or the hardware itself. Being Snap 810, i can blame the hardware a little bit.
But the same experience even on my 650? That's weird. I've used a 520, 525, 1020, 535, 720 before. And I know how a phone is supposed to work. .
The X50 series don't show the same reliability like the predecessors.
So even though this phone would be fine with a Snapdragon 810, 815, or 625; for the average person Alcatel needed to put this high-end SOC.
It's also to show that Windows phones can compete with premium Android phones from LG, Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung, etc.
Why can't consumers buy it ?
If it's possible to get this device in Canada for a reasonable price, then I would seriously consider replacing my 2yr old Lumia 830 which was $400 off contract at launch.
Also, even the tech giant Samsung had problems keeping their own music streaming service viable and their VR wear still is not mainstream to the masses.
Windows can be treated the same way. It'll only help us.
That's as relevant than saying Samsung only has S7 against your list + 950s, x3 and idol4S
Also I wonder if this has Dual-SIM support?
On a side note, my first thought was whether the camera will be good, but I realize if it performs above average (I assume it will going by the numbers), then people will be okay with it as the overall package should perform good, specially with the given chipset. Let's see if this takes off!
One can only hope for the best.
There is also a rumor Alcatel will have some exclusive stuff for vr.
I doubt you can tell the difference
If not ? Lumias will still be available for a little while longer. Just going to have to get used to it. Here is hoping Microsoft and it's partners do well in the mobile space in the future. I wish them all the best.
We're still strong!
I will take the slight tradeoffs for a lower monthly bill any day over whatever Verizon has. I was burned by them once and it will never happen again.
A device like that is missing in the market with Windows 10 Mobile.