The Alcatel Idol 4S first broke cover during Mobile World Congress as an intriguing and premium device with packing that also doubled as a set of virtual reality (VR) goggles. We went hands on with the 4S back then, and were impressed with the svelte glass-and-metal build, high-resolution Quad HD display, and focus on VR.
The Idol 4S is now official for the US, and we got a second, more in-depth look at some of its features. Aside from the nice-looking body we saw at MWC, the Idol 4S comes with some solid hardware under the hood.
The device boasts a 5.5-inch 2,560-by-1,440 AMOLED display that will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 3GB of RAM. It will come with 32GB of internal storage, along with a microSD card slot that should be capable of taking a 200GB SD card with adoptable storage or another SIM card. There's also a 3,000mAh battery, which should be ample for all-day usage.
The camera is a 16-megapixel, rear-facing sensor capable of 4K video capture and 360-degree video capture. It can also shoot micro-videos, which are like GIFs or Snapchat videos, except as part of the native camera app. You'll also find an 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The device will support NFC, have a fingerprint scanner on the back for US customers, and support LTE bands 2/4/5/7/12/17, allowing it to work on GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. Alcatel also assured us that the device will have VoLTE and band 12 support, available with an update.