Alcatel OneTouch fleshes out North American Idol 3 options with 4.7-incher

Alactel OneTouch introduced its affordable Idol 3 all the way back at MWC in early March, announcing both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models that would shared the Idol 3 name. With some solid specs and a budget-friendly price, we found a lot to like about the Idol 3 – at least, the version we had a chance to try. And while we gave the 5.5-inch Idol 3 our full review treatment, we hadn’t been able to come by the 4.7-incher. That finally looks about to change, as Alcatel OneTouch shares word of sales arriving for the US and Canada.

The 4.7-inch Idol 3 is priced at right around $180. For that money you get an Android Lollipop smartphone with 720p display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 1.5GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage, expandable via microSD. The phone packs a 13MP main camera, 5MP front-facer, and has a 2,000 mAh battery. Despite the conservative hardware, Alcatel OneTouch does manage to give the Idol 3 some premium features, like stereo front-firing speakers.

And just because it’s on everyone’s mind, Alcaltel OneTouch wants to remind you that an out-of-the-box update will be available to protect against the Android StageFright vulnerability.

Sales of the 4.7-inch Idol 3 officially kick off in the US and Canada this Friday. Shoppers will be able to buy the phone directly from the manufacturer’s website, or place their orders through Amazon. Well, at least, that’s what’s supposed to happen – right now it looks like someone may have jumped the gun at Alcatel OneTouch, with the site store accepting Idol 3 4.7-inch orders currently. That sounds like it may be just a glitch – we’re checking in with the team now – but who knows? Maybe your chance to order this smartphone at a low price has already arrived.

Update: Alcatel OneTouch has confirmed with us that orders are open early, and those placed now should start shipping as soon as later today.

Source: Alacatel OneTouch

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