CES 2014: Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ makes its official debut

I think it's fair to say that when we hear the name Alcatel, we think more of the entry level than the top end of the market. Which makes the launch of the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ all the more surprising.

Ok, not completely surprising. We reviewed its predecessor (One Touch Idol X) and gave it a decent review, with one or two reservations. But the X+ really pushes things up a grade.

For a start, it packs a 5-inch full HD display, not to mention a 2GHz octo-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 13.1-megapixel rear camera. All of that in a 7.9mm thick (or thin) casing.

Downside? On the face of it, the lack of a microSD slot is a pain with a relatively small amount of storage, no 4G and Android 4.2 for the OS means it is two generations behind some Android phones. Battery performance wasn't great on the previous model, so that might be something to keep an eye on too when we get to review.

But even taking that into consideration, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ could still be a contender with a price tag of $250, especially if we get the converted rate of £150. February will be the start of its retail life, although there is yet to be a confirmed date for the UK.

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