AT&T prepaid subsidiary Cricket Wireless has announced its new standard-bearing Alcatel phone for the year, the Idol 5. It might be just a step down from the Idol 5S that’s available on Amazon right now, you’ll be surprised how much gets into the Idol 5 for $199.
In addition to the specs above, you’re getting front-facing stereo speakers and receivers so that you can use the phone in either vertical orientation. The NOW Key gives users access to an app or a task with a single press. These features have come up from previous Idol devices, but they’re value adders for people who like multimedia. Gesture controls like one-finger zoom are also available.
One thing that we’re missing out on from the Idol 4 is the VR goggles bundled in. That said, we still have the UNI360 VR headset that can fit not just an Idol 5, but any 5- to 6-inch smartphone. It will be sold separately, though, for $49.99.
The devices will be available from October 27th with a minimum $50 per month service plan.