Last week, Alcatel launched the IDOL 4 Pro in the UK and other European markets - but despite presenting it as a new device when it was announced in February, it's not new at all. It originally launched in the US last November as the IDOL 4S with Windows 10, going on sale exclusively on T-Mobile for $469, including a virtual reality headset.
Following two significant price cuts, which reduced its price to $288, T-Mobile axed the IDOL 4S with Windows 10 from its range in April, just six months after its launch. However, Alcatel's parent company, TCL - which also manufactures BlackBerry-branded devices - continued to sell the Windows 10 Mobile flagship on Amazon. Initially, it was priced at $284 unlocked, including the VR goggles, before dropping to $272.99 a month later.
Since then, TCL has been selling the device for $274.99, but now, it's slashed a further $50 off its price. The IDOL 4S with Windows 10 is now just $224.99 on Amazon, and still includes the VR headset at that newly-reduced price. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Store is continuing to sell the same unlocked handset for $470 - more than double the cost of the device on Amazon.
Key specs of the IDOL 4S with Windows 10 include:
- 5.5-inch AMOLED display with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution and Asahi Dragontrail Glass
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC
- 4GB RAM
- 64GB storage (plus microSD card support up to 128GB)
- 21MP rear camera with Sony IMX230 sensor, HDR support, 4K video recording at 30fps, and dual-LED flash
- 8MP front-facing camera with wide angle lens, 1080p video at 30fps, and LED flash
- 4G LTE connectivity
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.1
- USB Type-C connector with Quick Charge support
- Windows 10 Mobile Continuum support
- Fingerprint sensor
- 3000mAh battery
- 6.9mm thick
If you're thinking of buying the IDOL 4S with Windows 10, make sure you check out our review before you do so.