Review Alcatel Idol 4S: virtual reality in your pocket


For a long time, Alcatel has produced popular and unpretentious smartphones. But the accumulated experience and strength, this year the manufacturer introduced an entire flagship line once. The latest novelty - 4S smartphone Idol - Idol 4 senior brother, managed to show off a variety of software and hardware chips, which other manufacturers in order to save rarely pay attention to. And one of the main features of this device began reaching complete VR-glasses. The Alcatel decided to bet on entertainment, and we're going to find out how well it turned out. Download Alcatel manuals here.

Specifications Alcatel Idol 4S (6070K)

  • Display: Super AMOLED, 5,5 ", 2560x1440, 534 ppi
  • Processor: eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 1.8 GHz
  • Graphic accelerator: Adreno 510
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Internal memory: 32 GB
  • Memory card support: microSDXC, up to 512 GB
  • Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE 1,3,7,8,20,28
  • SIM: nano-SIM + nano-SIM (combined slot)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, FM-radio
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
  • Camera: Basic - 16 megapixels (flash, autofocus), front - 8 megapixels (flash)
  • Sensors: proximity, light, accelerometer, microgyro, digital compass
  • Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable, Li-Ion
  • Dimensions: 153,9x75,4x7 mm
  • Weight: 149 grams

Box content and Packaging

Packaging modern smartphones are rarely deserves attention, but Alcatel Idol 4S could really surprise: inside a cardboard box is a plastic box, which on closer inspection turned out to be VR-glasses. Front and rear glasses protect the plastic cover under one of them is a smartphone, and under another - a separate box with accessories: headset, user manual for Alcatel , power supply and cable USB <=> micro-USB.

Appearance

One look at Idol 4S enough to understand - is the flagship. And front and rear panels are closed glass with oleophobic coating, and the frame on the perimeter of the body is made of metal golden color. The Alcatel steel not be placed on the front panel of the gadget your logo - it is just behind. All this creates a feeling of premium product: the smartphone looks much more expensive than the cost actually.


The physical navigation keys in the smartphone not on the front panel of the light sensor and proximity, the front camera lens, LED flash and. Also, the top and bottom are arranged in stereo speakers.


The power button and the card slot on the left face rendered the device, and on the right - the volume rocker and a multifunction button BOOM.

The top end of the smartphone busy microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack and the bottom - another microphone and a micro-USB port. And the audio jack and USB-port is placed in such a way that they can be used when the gadget is fixed in the VR-glasses.


Camera lens on the back panel is issued by a good two millimeters. During testing, it does not appear a single scratch, but it is unknown whether it will be the glass in the same stable with prolonged use. However, this problem is solved in a few seconds using the cover.


Ergonomics

Due to the fact that the side faces of the smartphone are rounded on both sides, the device is comfortable to hold in your hand, despite the 5.5-inch screen. Workmanship is at a height of: smartphone feels like a monolith, no scratches and no backlash even with strong twisting. Righties may seem inconvenient location of the power button on the left side, but there is no reason to worry: you can still turn on the gadget in two ways - by a double tap of the display or pressing the PCB.

Screen

5.5-inch display Alcatel Idol 4S covered 2.5D Glass and executed on technology Super AMOLED with a resolution of 2560*1440 points. This gives the density of 534 ppi, it deprives the user's ability to notice pixelation even on the smallest elements.

In proprietary matrix for AMOLED rich color reproduction and high brightness, which allows you to comfortably use the gadget even outdoors on sunny days. However, if you are not a fan of AMOLED, and the colors on the display appear unnatural to you, in the device settings, you can change the color mode and the temperature to make the image similar to the one that gives IPS-display.

The device supports adaptive brightness adjustment, moreover, it happens almost instantly: a situation where you pulls the device out of his pocket and wait a few seconds until the lights take the right level, it does not arise here.

Interface

Idol 4S runs under Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Globally change the appearance of the manufacturer did not, but added a lot of their own chips. For example, the reversible interface - flipping 180 degrees with full management functionality. That is, the device, as it is not up and down - you can answer the call or to work, taking it as you want: the interface turn over, and the two speakers and two microphones are conducive to such "indifference" - they also adapt to the position specified by the user .

Five customizable icons lock screen, in addition to voice search, and standard camera icon will appear for quick access to applications. When WallShuffle wallpaper is activated here will be automatically replaced by: by default it is downloaded from the Internet pictures, but you can choose your own pictures from the gallery. In the first case, you can choose a category, and disable downloads new images when transferring data over cellular networks, rather than Wi-Fi.

On the lock screen, five customizable icons for quick access to applications. When WallShuffle wallpaper is activated here will be automatically replaced by: by default it is downloaded from the Internet pictures, but you can choose your own pictures from the gallery. In the first case, you can choose a category, and disable downloads new images when transferring data over cellular networks, rather than Wi-Fi.


Desktops, the notifications panel, and panel applications, except for the dark colors of the latter, did not undergo any changes. It is worth noting, perhaps, the standard application icons, made in 2D Material Design style.

On the smartphone a lot of preinstalled applications, among them - WhatsApp Messenger, game Asphalt OverDrive and several others, as well as the number of applications for use with the VR-glasses.

The smartphone settings, in addition to the standard items, there was "Gestures" section. In it, you can configure call mute coup apparatus, including a double tap of the screen, as well as launch applications with gestures on the display is off. But the most useful of these functions will probably be mode "in gloves", which increases the sensitivity of the touchscreen. Considering our cold winters, this possibility will be very handy.

Also, the settings of the device is key BOOM menu. This multifunction button: its "behavior" depends on what application is running at the moment. For example, when the machine is turned off, double-click BOOM button to launch the camera and capture a picture, and clicking on it while playing music, you can increase the volume and add the bass. All the features of this button are listed on the Settings screen, and if you do not need, you can assign the function in the games as a key PCB launch any application.

VR-glasses

The main feature of Alcatel Idol 4S began, of course, complete VR-glasses. The smartphone is set to them by means of mechanical fasteners, all connectors remain accessible.


Although there is no electrical contact with the smartphone, there are two touch-sensitive buttons on the glasses - one is responsible for the confirmation of the action, and the other serves as a "Back". Clicking on any of these device responds to vibration.

When installing the machine automatically starts glasses "VR launcher" application designed to interact with the accessory. This is a unique hub that provides access to the entire library stored on the device VR-content: photos, videos, games and applications.

To download the new VR-content on the smartphone provides the appropriate application - "VR Market". The bulk of the proposals in it - it's a video for viewing with glasses provided free of charge. In addition they have a catalog and VR-games with screenshots and descriptions, but their download program will redirect you to Google Play.

In the process of working with VR glasses, especially in games, smartphone heated than with other "heavy" tasks. Fortunately, no adverse effects have been observed. The rest of the problems with VR-points there: the picture is smooth and does not tremble, smartphone sensors quickly and accurately respond to the head turns.

Performance

The Idol 4S uses 64-bit chipset Qualcomm MSM8952 on ARM big.LITTLE architecture. The processor core four high-performance ARM Cortex-A72 with a maximum clock frequency of 1.8 GHz and four energy-efficient core ARM Cortex-A53 with a frequency of 1.4 GHz. The smartphone uses a Qualcomm Adreno 510 graphics accelerator, and the amount of RAM is 3GB.

This is not a top-end filling, but close to it. At least, the gadget shows excellent performance in both games (World of Tanks: Blitz, Godfire: Rise of Prometheus and Asphalt 8: Airborne operate smoothly and with a high number of fps), as well as in everyday tasks, including playing FullHD-video online and offline, web-surfing with multiple tabs, and VR-view content.

Special attention in the smartphone deserves a sound - quite good and loud. When listening to music, he does not wheeze at the maximum level, felt the bass and volume. Of course, audiophiles are unlikely to be satisfied, but among Idol 4S smartphones can boast some of the most high-quality speakers. For more fine-tuning the sound to the preinstalled application Waves MaxxAudio, where you can adjust the effects of listening to music and watching movies.

Another sound feature in a smartphone is associated with the function of reverse interface - symmetrical dynamics correctly "upside down" and stereo, as well as paired microphones, switch when you call, no matter how the user has taken the gadget. We just need to enable the option "Rotate 180 °" in the notification bar.

The volume of the smartphone's internal memory is 32 GB, and "out of the box" available to the user a little more than 22 GB. Memory expansion possible using memory cards microSDXC capacity up to 512 GB, or, thanks to the support of USB-host, with the help of external hard drives.

Camera

Alcatel Idol 4S The main camera has a resolution of 16 megapixels and is equipped with a two-tone LED flash.

The manufacturer uses its own application "Camera". In its left-hand side there are icons for quick switching of settings, and the right - the button for photographing and video recording. Also as a right belt displaying camera modes and to switch between them can swipe up and down. Among the available modes - "Auto", "Manual", "Panorama" and "Slow down." There is also a "Microfilm" mode that allows you to remove a short video and then apply effects to it.

Removes smartphone very well, not only in daylight, but also on the premises. Shots often come clear and colorful, especially if you shoot in HDR mode day - it helps to achieve uniform illumination of the entire image. The pictures in the rooms can cause blurred, but this happens very rarely.

Panning is only available with a viewing angle of 180 degrees, the final resolution of the photos is 21 megapixels. Gluing panoramas occurs without errors and quality of picture is not different from conventional photographs. Rate smartphone camera yourself you can at the example below.

Idol 4S can shoot video at resolutions up to 3840h2160 pixels (Ultra HD), but in this mode, the rollers lacks smoothness in spite of the greater detail, on the records have noticeable twitching. But with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels (Full HD) is no problem: the video as smooth as possible, and the electronic stabilization removes fine hand tremors.

The front of the smartphone camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels, and also equipped with a flash. Picture quality decent, there is automatic "improving face", the degree of which can be adjusted manually.

Flash when shooting on the front camera should be used with caution: it is a good idea helps in low light, but it can significantly highlight the shortcomings of the skin.

Wireless interfaces

The smartphone supports simultaneous work with two SIM-cards, if you are willing to sacrifice for the second "Sims" Memory Card - one of the slots combined. Working with SIM-cards is implemented the standard method for Android: You can choose a default action for each of the cards, or simply disable one of them in the case of uselessness. Data transmission in the LTE-networks supported in both slots.

The smartphone also has a full set of advanced wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac that supports the 2.4 and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and FM-radio, which for its operation requires the connection of headphones. The presence and support of all navigation systems: GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou. Cold start navigation smartphone takes 40-50 seconds to determine the exact coordinates, and "hot" are usually less than 10 seconds.

Standalone operation

Nonremovable battery Idol 4S has a capacity of 3000 mAh. This smartphone battery enough to easily work full-time with the active use (7-8 hours of screen). If you use the machine less, reducing screen time work, without problems gadget will last one and a half to two days. In games at medium brightness Alcatel Idol 4S was able to work for about five hours, and in Full HD video in "Flight" mode at full brightness - a little more than 9.5 hours.

Outcome of

Alcatel Idol 4S proved to be an excellent smartphone, which is hard to find anything like serious shortcomings. This is a complete high-quality flagship Super AMOLED display high-resolution, enough productive "iron", a good camera, stereo speakers, as well as a number of useful chips such as high sensitivity mode touchscreen and multifunction keys BOOM. We add an unusual reverse interface, sound quality, VR-glasses included, and get a real multimedia center with a dive into the 3D world in a Smartphone. More details, see also in the user guide for this phone.

Pros:

  • VR-glasses included;
  • powerful stuffing;
  • high-quality stereo speakers;
  • support for two SIM-cards. 

Minuses:

  • the combined card slot.