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Alcatel Idol 4s

Alcatel Idol 4s
alaScore 91

82 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 reviews of Alcatel Idol 4s. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability and design. The size and price also get good feedback.

performance, price, size, design, 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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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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 : GSMArena team (

Alcatel Idol 4s review: VR Gateway


We first caught a glimpse of the Alcatel Idol 4s at the MWC 2016, back in February, where, in keeping with Alcatel tradition, it was piled together with another basic Idol 4 model, as well as three other POP4 devices. Still, even amid the announcement...

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

Expert review by : Ajay Kumar (

Alcatel Idol 4S With Windows 10 VR


The Alcatel Idol 4S is a sleek Windows phone packed with powerful hardware, productivity features, and virtual reality capabilities. It's a great choice for T-Mobile users who can overlook the relatively limited app selection.

Fast performance. Attractive design. Crisp AMOLED display. Dual front and back speakers. Fingerprint sensor, dual-band Wi-Fi, and expandable storage. Comes with VR headset. Supports Windows Continuum.

Windows Mobile still lacks many major apps. Just-average network performance.

For $470, the Alcatel Idol 4S is the best Windows phone you can buy, offering T-Mobile users a sleek build, powerful hardware, VR capabilities, and extensive productivity features. The only other new Windows phone on the market, the HP Elite x3, is a...

Nov, 2016

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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

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 : Stephen S. (

Alcatel Idol 4S Review


The smartphone market is all too often one of extremes. It's easy to throw down $700 on a new phone and expect screaming performance, innovative new features, and an attractive design incorporating plenty of premium-feeling materials. It's also easy to...

Fantastic stereo speakers ; Bundled VR headset and JBL earbuds are nice additions ; Solid battery life and fast recharge times ; Snapdragon 652 processor doesn't let us down

Better phones available for the same price ; Boom key tries to do way too much ; Hit-and-miss fingerprint scanner ; Camera adequate at best

The plastic VR viewer is sturdy, has nice optics, and as we'd only expect from a custom model like this, fits the Idol 4S really well. But it's also little more than a fancy (and not even that fancy) Google Cardboard headset, lacking the extra...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Philip Michaels (

Alcatel Idol 4S for Windows: A Virtual Disappointment


You interest in the Idol 4S will hinge largely on how much Continuum and virtual reality appeal to you. And while the Idol 4S can run Continuum for less than what it would cost you to get an HP Elite x3, you could save even more money, while trading...

Colorful screen ; Terrific audio ; VR headset comes with phone ; Continuum support on a sub-$500 phone

Camera takes overexposed photos ; Barely 6 hours of battery life ; Lack of apps for both phone and VR headset ; Dim display is hard to see in bright sunlight

The Idol 4S’s VR headset is unique for Windows phones, but not enough to make up for other flaws. Get an HP Elite x3 if you want a powerful Windows phone, or an inexpensive model if you want Continuum support.

Feb, 2017

Expert review by : Jamison Cush (brighthand)

Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Review


The Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 arrives just in time for Windows phone fans. Before it, there were only three decent hardware options: the year-old Lumia 950 XL, and the expensive HP Elite X3. Here's hoping it's good.

Decent build and design ; Good battery ; Excellent performance ; Powerful speaker ; Decent build and design ; Good battery ; Excellent performance ; Powerful speakers

Mediocre camera ; Windows app gap ; Mediocre camera ; Windows 10 app gap

It has a great design, quality build, smooth performance, and decent battery life. Its speakers impress, while the display is good enough. Those are six good reasons to recommend the Alcatel Idol 4S with

Dec, 2016

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3000
Battery performance:3000
Battery recharge time:1.58 / 1.583
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):8
Main camera resolution (numeric):16
Maximum frame rate:120
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:8
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:720p, 1080p / 720p,1080p


Color of product:Black / Black, Gold, Rose / Grey
Form Factor:Bar


Display Diagonal:5.5
Display number of colors:16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 2560
Display Type:AMOLED
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Internal RAM:3


Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


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


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y


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

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y / Yes


Ambient light sensor: Yes
Graphics:Adreno 510
Graphics adapter:Adreno 510
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter model:Adreno 510
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 (Marshmallow)
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
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:Y / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Processor:MSM 8976
Processor cores:8
Processor family:Qualcomm
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor model:MSM 8976


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 / 6.0 (Marshmallow)


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:3 / 3072
Internal storage capacity:32
Maximum memory card size:512
RAM capacity:3 / 8


Subscription type:No subscription


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

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