Last November, T-Mobile launched the Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10, a flagship-class Windows phone priced at $469 - far less than HP's top-of-the-line Elite x3. The Alcatel device was also the first Windows 10 Mobile device to include virtual reality support, shipping with its own VR headset.
But just six months after its launch, and after T-Mobile had slashed its price to $288 for more than two months, the carrier dropped the device from its range in April. The unlocked IDOL 4S with Windows 10 remained available to purchase elsewhere, including Amazon, where it was available for as little as $284.
Now, Amazon has reduced the price of the unlocked handset even further; it's now available for just $272.99, including the VR Goggles. That's a huge savings compared with buying it from the Microsoft Store, which is continuing to sell the phone-and-headset bundle for $470.
Key specs of the IDOL 4S with Windows 10 include:
- 5.5-inch AMOLED 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
- 3000mAh battery
- 6.9mm thick
In February, Alcatel announced plans to sell the device in Europe as the IDOL 4 Pro. Despite featuring identical specs and styling to its US counterpart, the handset will cost a lot more in Europe, where it will be priced at €599 EUR (roughly $670 USD).