The world’s first smartphone that comes with its own VR headset. The packaging is a dream come true.
The VR market is definitely heating up. With Samsung, HTC and LG releasing their VR solutions, it’s time for more of their cost-effective counterparts to hog the limelight.
Alcatel has just released its Idol 4S flagship in the US market with a pre-order price tag of $350 ($400 retail). You can order it tomorrow after 8 a.m. pacific time on Alcatel’s website. In order to make it affordable, Alcatel is currently offering an installment option of just $37 a month for the Idol 4S.
The Idol 4S VR looks pretty close to Samsung’s Gear VR, the difference being that it has a cushioned strap that makes for a more comfortable fit and that its touch controls are at the bottom instead of the right side.
The package includes a screen protector, JBL headphones and a protective Incipio case. Inside you will find an octa-core Snapdragon 652 CPU, 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display and 3GB of RAM. The American version will have a fingerprint sensor on the rear. For some reason, the international version does not have this feature.
The Idol 4S also features dual JBL-certified speakers, a 16MP rear camera with a capability of capturing 360-degree images, and has two slots for SIM cards. It will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is set to receive Android N, although a time frame for it hasn’t been provided.
On the whole the Idol 4S looks to be a pretty slick deal and a good bargain. It could be your ticket to explore the world of Virtual Reality without having to dig deep into your pockets.