Alcatel makes the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini Official

Alcatel One Touch Idol SYou may not know Alcatel, but they’ve been coming up with several interesting phones this year, including the super thin One Touch Idol Ultra – which measures just 6.5mm thick – and the One Touch Fire, which runs Mozilla’s Firefox OS. Now, it has announced two new phones, the One Touch Idol S and the One Touch Idol Mini.

The Idol S is the more technically impressive of the two, but it’s still a mid-range phone, with an average set of specs. The screen measures 4.7-inches, and has a 720p resolution, just like the recently reduced Nexus 4. However, the processor is a 1.2GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM, below that of the Google phone. That doesn’t mean it’s not going to be good, as it’s more than enough power for the Android 4.2 operating system.

It also has an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel video call lens, GPS, a microSD card slot to boost the 4GB of internal memory, plus 4G LTE connectivity. Like other On Touch Idol phones, it’s really slim at 7.4mm, and lightweight at 110 grams.

The One Touch Idol Mini is considerably more basic than the Idol S, and is likely to have a low price tag. The screen measures 4.3-inches and has a 480 x 854 pixel resolution, while the dual-core processor has a respectable clock speed of 1.3GHz. Both are expected to be produced by MediaTek, rather than a firm such as Qualcomm. A 5-megapixel camera, 3G, Android 4.2, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot round out the feature list.

Both phones come in various colours, but Alcatel hasn’t provided a release date or information on if they’ll be available in the UK yet. With the IFA tech show in Berlin starting later this week, we’d expect to hear more soon.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars