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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 to take on OnePlus One for $249, ships in May

by Todd Haselton | April 9, 2015April 9, 2015 8:00 am PST

Alcatel on Thursday announced that customers will soon be able to order its new smartphone, the Idol 3, which will ship next month. Pre-orders will kick off on April 21.

We first had a chance to see the Idol 3 during Mobile World Congress. It’s an impressive smartphone for its price, and reminds us a bit of the OnePlus One in that sense. You’ll find a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle front-facing shooter, 16GB of expandable storage, 2GB of RAM and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box. Better yet, it’s SIM unlocked, so you won’t be strapped in to a carrier.

That’s pretty solid hardware for a device that will be offered for just $249. Alcatel has said it will be available directly through its website and through other online retailers, such as Amazon.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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