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Optus grabs the Alcatel Pop 4 on prepaid for $119, Idol 4S is around the corner for $599

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Alcatel is the Chinese brand that’s big everywhere except China, and their focus market in Australia, at least, is those segments which can’t or don’t want to spend $1,000 on a smartphone, but still want quality features. That’s where the Alcatel Pop 4 fits; it’s priced at just $119 on a new deal with Optus, but it has some pretty sweet features for a budget phone.

Alcatel also told us a bit about its plans for the Idol 4S which it showcased back in February at MWC 2016. The company is in talks with potential carrier and MVNO partners, but if those plans don’t come to fruition, Alcatel’s MD Sam Skontos says that they’ll go it alone with retail channels and direct sales online via an Alcatel online store.

Expected pricing is around $399 for the Idol 4, and $599 for the Idol 4S. We have one of the latter phones on the review bench, and we’ll be telling you more about it soon ahead of the retail availability sometime in September 2016.

Here’s the lowdown on Alcaltel’s two phones we looked at today:

 Alcatel Pop 4Alcatel Idol 4S
Release dateJuly 2016Q3 2016
Screen size5.0-inch5.5-inch
Screen technologyIPS LCDAMOLED
Resolution1,280 x 7201,440 x 2,560
PPI401534
Rear camera8MP16MP
Front camera5MP8MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 210Snapdragon 652
Core config4 x 1.1 GHz4 x 1.8 GHz + 4 x 1.4 GHz
Ram1GB3GB
Storage8GB32GB
MicroSDYes, up to 256 GBYes, up to 256 GB
Battery2,500 mAh3,000 mAh
Battery removableYes
ConnectorMicroUSBMicroUSB
Headphone PortYesYes
Headphone LocationTopTop
Speaker ConfigurationRear facing
  • Stereo
  • Front facing
Android OSAndroid 6.0Android 6.0.1
Vendor skin--
Dimensions140.7 x 71.4 x 8 mm153.9 x 75.4 x 7 mm
Weight149g
ColoursVariousVarious

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Nice job Chris, I guess the Idol 4S is an alternative to the OP3 and it should have all the Aussie LTE bands hopefully. I just hope they don’t make it a Dodo exclusive again like they did with the Idol 3

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