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14-08-2014


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ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ smartphone: review and testing

In 2004 the French telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent specifically its department engaged in mobile devices, has joined hands with the same department of the Chinese company TCL Communication. As a result now we have joint company of TCL & Alcatel Mobile Phones Limited (TAMP), where 55% of the stock owned by TCL and 45 % by Alcatel-Lucent. All plants for the production of phones have been moved to China. And in 2005 TCL had completely bought safety stock and renamed the company as TCT Mobile and conclude an agreement that allows it to produce phones under the brand Alcatel. Now the company developings smartphones under the brands TCL and ALCATEL ONETOUCH for markets in Asia, Latin America, Europe and other regions. It is actively cooperating with the big operators and distributors. TCL Communication is among the top ten fastest-growing mobile phone manufacturers.

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

For testing we have smartphone ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ which bears the title of leader and meets all the canons of the market. Novelty can boast the newest platform MediaTek MT6592, 5-inch Full HD IPS-display, progressive audio decoder Hi-Fi ES9018 and a number of other interesting features which will be discussed below. We suggest to start with a review of the technical characteristics of new item:

Producer

TCL Communication

Model

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

Type, form-factor

Smartphone, monoblock

Communication standard

2G (GSM)

850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (UMTS)

900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE)

Broadband data transfer

GPRS (32-48 Kb/s), EDGE (236 Kb/s), HSDPA+ (up to 21,6 Mb/s), HSUPA (up to 5,76 Mb/s)

Type of SIM-cacrd

Micro-SIM

CPU

MediaTek MT6592: 8 cores ARM Cortex-A7, up to 2 GHz, L2 cache - 1 МB

Graphics adapter

ARM Mali-450MP, up to 700 MHz

Display

IPS, 5", 1920 x 1080 p (440 ppi), touch, multi-touch up to 10 touches, protective glass

RAM

2 GB

Permanent memory

16 GB

Card-reader

-

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB

2 x Micro-SIM

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Speaker

Mono

Sound processing

Hi-Fi- decoder ES9018 and amplifier for headphones Maxim9720

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

+

Camera

Main

13 Мp, auto focus, electronic regulation, face detection, LED flash, video recording in format 1080p (30 FPS)

Front

2 Мp, video recording in format 1080p

Communication

Wi-Fi

802.11 b/g/n (Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Display)

Bluetooth

4.0 (A2DP)

GPS/A-GPS

+/+

NFC

IrLED

DLNA

+

Sensors

proximity sensor, illumination sensor, LED-indicator, G-sensor

Battery

lithium-ion cell: 2500 mАh

Charging device

Input: 100~240V AC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5 V CD, 1 А

Other

E-compass

Dimensions

140,4 x 69,1 x 7, 9 mm

Weight

125 g

Color

White

OS

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

Warranty

12 month

Website

ALCATEL ONETOUCH

Design and elements layout

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

Generally speaking, the smartphone ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ has a rather pleasant and well-remembered appearance. The first impression is formed due to the extremely small frames around the display the size of which is less than 2 mm on each side and 14 mm at the top and bottom. In fact taking into account a black frame they are a little thicker. The smartphone has dominated angular forms with curves.

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

Visual addition to strict style is one-piece plastic edging which provides the effect of metal (the bottom half is chrome-plated, top is grounded) and adds delicacy to a new product. Another interesting aspect is a concentric pattern on the back side.

 In addition, the smartphone is quite thin (7.9 mm) and light enough (only 125 g), although little longer than длиннее LG Nexus 5. Therefore, despite the rather large display diagonal, it fits nicely in the average hand and does not feel bulky. New product is available in black and white color variations.

Entire front part of the smartphone is covered by tempered glass. Producer on the official website indicates Corning Gorilla Glass 2/NEG, but in the Internet we found a reference about Asahi DragonTrail. On its outline there is a thin frame in the color of the body.

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Above the display there is: speaker mesh, round LED indicator, proximity/illumination sensors and front camera. Under the display are three touch buttons, which are mirrored on the “stock” Android-design: Back, Home (hold for Google Now) and Menu (hold for running applications manager). They have uniform white highlighting and are displayed only in case of active screen. To adjust the brightness or duration of backlight is not possible, but you can turn it off.

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At the top there is a power/lock button and the universal audio jack (mini-jack 3,5 mm). The bottom end includes micro-USB connector and two fairly large perforated areas. Under them it seems to be placed stereo speakers. However, there is only one speaker under the left grid, while under right is the main microphone.

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On the sidewalls are symmetrically arranged connectors for Micro-SIM cards covered with metal plugs. Fixing is realized by means of magnets and is quite reliable. To open the plug you need to click on the area with a special rounded clarity. On the right side, next to the SIM-card connector is double rocker for volume control.

By the way, the smartphone is available in two versions: with one SIM-card and support of memory cards of standard microSD (index model 6043) and with two SIM-cards, but without the support of memory cards (index model 6043D). In addition, the differences lie in the amount of built-in memory: 16 GB for the first version and 32 GB for the second. Note that we have tested an engineering sample, so its memory despite the support of two SIM-cards is 16 GB.

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

On the back nonseparable side there are not: eye of the main camera; single-sectional LED-flash (flashlight is present) and mirrored logo ALCATEL ONETOUCH. The rest space is empty. Only in the lower part there are subtle technical and certification logos (white on white).

It should be noted that the back part of the previous model (ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X) was made of resistant to fingerprints and scratches and a soft-touch matte plastic. The novelty is made of less practical and more slippery gloss, which actively collects fingerprints and abrasion during active operation (the white model is not very noticeable as in black).

In general smartphone has a nice design and good placement in the hand, but the location of the power/lock button on the top is little uncomfortable due to diagonal display. More successful, in our opinion would be placing on the right side, and volume rocker on the left.

In general, ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ is well built: without any gaps and backlashes. And thanks to the new non-separable body it feels monolithic, does not bend or change its geometry in case of moderate torsion.

Display  

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

Smartphone ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ is equipped with a touch IPS-matrix (Sharp production) executed according to technology OGS (without air gap between the components). Display is protected by tempered glass, which has a relatively good oleophobic (grease repellent) coating. Additionally, due to this feature it is pretty good and easy sliding of the fingers and the lack of fingerprints collection

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

Resolution of 5-inch screen is 1920 × 1080 (Full HD). At the same pixel density is 440 ppi, which is more than enough to display very smooth fonts and get fairly detailed image as a whole.

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The display brightness can be adjusted manually or you can use the automatic regulation. Proximity sensor locks the screen during carrying of the smartphone to ear. Multitouch technology can handle up to 10 simultaneous touches. In general, it shows very good sensitivity even with a light touch.

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In general, the display of ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ is very bright, quite a contrast, with maximum viewing angles and a nice color reproduction. It should be noted that in the settings you can adjust the color temperature and saturation according to personal tastes. Maximum brightness is more than enough to see the information in light sunny day, and the minimum - for comfortable work in the dark. Summarizing all the above said, we note that the display gives a very good impression and is the undisputed advantage of new item.

Sound

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+

As mentioned, smartphone is equipped with one speaker which is located on the bottom. Due to this placement sound is not muted when the gadget is on a horizontal surface.

Multimedia speaker is quite loud and provides clear sound almost the entire frequency range. Only when approaching the maximum volume there is a slight distortion. In general, its capacity is sufficient for gaming, watching videos and calls. In principle, it will be enough for listening to music. However, much nicer is to use the headphones. The point is that the use of progressive Hi-Fi-ES9018 decoder and headphone amplifier Maxim9720 supporting playback in mode SACD 24-bit/192 kHz significantly improves the sound.

Activation of Hi-Fi mode is possible only when headphones are connected and using a pre-installed application Music. The last has a number of useful settings, including the equalizer. Impression is good: composition sound becomes more voluminous rich and there is improved detail of individual instruments in the sound.

The smartphone has built-in radio that allows you to listen and record FM-broadcasting radio stations operating in the frequency range from 87.5 to 108 MHz. Traditionally, turn on the radio the headset should be connected. Staff recorder is useful not only for creating audio notes, but can record telephone conversations.

By the way, the delivery set of the retail version of the smartphone includes a pretty decent stereo headset JBL with in-channel headphones.

New product supports wireless audio connection via Wi-Fi, which is quite convenient and eliminates the need for lots of cables.

During testing of the speaker no defects were found: a clear voice quality, moderately loud (depending on the operator) and quite pleasant sound transmission.


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