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Alcatel Idol 4s

Alcatel Idol 4s
alaScore 95

49 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Alcatel Idol 4s. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and size. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

performance, price, design, size, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Alcatel Idol 4s is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Britta O'Boyle (

Alcatel Idol 4S: Premium smartphone, budget VR in one - Pocket-lint


Alcatel, formerly known as Alcatel OneTouch, announced the Idol 4 series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, succeeding the Idol 3 range. The

The Alcatel Idol 4 series is far more exciting than you might first believe. Both the Idol 4 and the Idol 4S come with a lovely, premium design that combine metal and glass in a great way.

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Gareth Beavis (

Alcatel Idol 4S


Sleek design ; Clear screen

Lightweight feel ; Lower-spec CPU

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Alastair Stevenson (

Alcatel Idol 4S


The Alcatel Idol 4S is the French company's latest flagship smartphone. It aims to entice buyers away from more expensive, well-known handsets, such as the Galaxy S7 or HTC 10, by packing in more extras than you can shake a stick at. The biggest of...

Sep, 2016

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Alcatel Idol 4S review


Get a world of virtual reality for a lot less than the price of a Galaxy - and the phone bit's great too

Incredible bang for your buck ; Ready for VR - and not just Google Cardboard, either ; Brilliant sound and great display

Power not quite up to par ; Design is a little dated

The Alcatel Idol 4S is an excellent all-round phone that gives the OnePlus 3 some serious competition in the best budget phone stakes

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Barraclough (

Alcatel Idol 4s Review: In Depth


Alcatel Idol 4s Review with VR headset: French mobile giant Alcatel is back in the UK with a premium and pretty bloody massive flagship phone, the Idol 4s. This mighty 5.5-inch handset packs a 16-megapixel…

Strong battery life ; Bundled VR headset ; Dependable cameras ; Gorgeous Quad HD visuals

Scratchy face ; No fingerprint sensor

The Idol 4s faces stiff competition at the £400 price point from the likes of the Sony Xperia X, OnePlus 3 and Samsung Galaxy A5, but it’s definitely got plenty of appeal thanks to a solid pair of cameras, decent battery life and a gorgeous Quad HD...

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: (

Alcatel Idol 4S dark grey


It's a very good midrange phone, but Alcatel's ambition to make it a sleeper value hit, like last year's deal-of-the-century Idol 3 , falls short. The price jumped up to $400 US (£385, AU$470 -- converted), but Alcatel includes among other things, a...

Alcatel's Idol 4S comes packed with features and accessories. It has a high-end design and build, a great camera, impressive display and a convenience button dubbed the Boom Key.

The Boom Key needs finessing: It's easy to accidentally activate. The fingerprint scanner is small and sometimes difficult to engage.

With a premium build, good camera and free accessories in the box, Alcatel's Idol 4S is a solid midrange buy.

Sep, 2016

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Mini review video: Our quick verdict on the Alcatel Idol 4S


The Alcatel Idol 4S' biggest selling point is not what came in the box, but the box itself, which doubles as a VR headset. The $350 (pre-order price) device comes with its own VR viewer so you can immediately start exploring immersive content when you...

Included VR goggles ; Affordable ; Loud, two-way speakers ; Bright, roomy display

Not as fast as competing phones ; Camera struggles in low light

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Ajay Kumar (

Alcatel Idol 4S


The Alcatel Idol 4S is a unique unlocked Android phone that comes with a VR headset and plenty of other accessories, offering good value for the price.

Relatively affordable. Attractive build. Gorgeous Quad HD display. Solid audio. Dual-band Wi-Fi and NFC. Latest Android software. Plentiful accessories.

Mediocre camera performance. Processor sometimes stutters while gaming. Heavy custom UI layer and some bloatware.

Conclusions The Alcatel Idol 4S is a sleek Android phone with a beautiful display and lots of useful accessories for the price. At $400, it's a relatively affordable way to get into VR, especially compared with buying a Gear VR and a pricey Samsung...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Seifert (

Alcatel Idol 4S review: it's hard out there for a phone


If you've thought of Alcatel at all, you've probably only thought of it as a budget smartphone maker, creating drops in a sea of low-end Android phones. But say you're Alcatel, how do you move up...

Great screen ; Fast performance ; Loud speakers

Design could use refinement ; Camera lacks stabilization ; VR experience is limited

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: Julian Chokkattu (

Alcatel Idol 4S review


Alcatel's Idol 4S may come with a VR headset, but it's still not a good deal.

The Idol 4S has an excellent display, a near-stock Android experience, comes with a VR headset, and offers decent battery life. Unfortunately, it also has an unimpressive camera, odd button placements, and the VR content that is pre-loaded on the phone...

Jul, 2016

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3000
Battery recharge time:1.583
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes


Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:120
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:8
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p


Colour of product:Gold / Grey / Silver
Curved Design: No
Form factor:Bar


Display diagonal:14
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 2560
Display Type:AMOLED
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Internal RAM:3


E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes


Audio formats supported:AAC+, LC-AAC, PCM, Vorbis
FM radio: Yes
Radio Data System (RDS): Yes
Video formats supported:H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8, VP9


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSPA+, UMTS
4G: Yes
4G standards:LTE
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.2
Near Field Communication (NFC): Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes


Ambient light sensor: Yes
Graphics adapter:Adreno 510
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0 (Marshmallow)
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:MICRO-USB
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0


Processor Cores:8
Processor family:QUALCOMM
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor Model:MSM 8976


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:6.0 (Marshmallow)


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3072
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:512


Subscription type:No subscription


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height :15.4