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ALCATEL ONE TOUCH IDOL X+

` 16,999

SPECS: 5-inch dis­play; 13 MP cam­era; An­droid 4.2; 2 GHz octa core pro­ces­sor; 2 GB RAM; 2500 mAh bat­tery

NOT A POP­U­LAR BRAND in In­dia, the Alcatel One Touch has now launched the Idol X+. This phone is the suc­ces­sor to the Idol X that was launched last year. The Idol X+ has got a pre­mium fin­ish. The front is dom­i­nated by the dis­play with no brand­ing and looks neat. The back is done in glossy black with Alcatel One Touch brand­ing be­low the cam­era. The cor­ner edges and the sides are slightly curved. Even though, it has a 5-inch dis­play, it is more con­ve­nient to hold than 5-inch ph­ablets. It is sleek, at 8.1 mm thick­ness, and weighs 130 grams. When kept on the ta­ble, many con­fused it to be a Sam­sung smart­phone.

The Idol X+ runs on An­droid 4.2, which is a let­down con­sid­er­ing most smart­phones run An­droid KitKat. Alcatel One Touch has added a cus­tomised user in­ter­face to this phone which isn’t that heavy. But for an even bet­ter per­for­mance, Nova Launcher works well on this phone. The phone comes packed with plenty of pre-in­stalled apps, such as pro­duc­tiv­ity tools, clean mas­ter, BoomBand, etc. The de­vice comes with 16 GB on­board stor­age out of which only 12.3 GB is user ac­ces­si­ble. It doesn’t have a mem­ory card slot. The cam­era does a good job out­doors as well as in­doors.

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