- Screen has good viewing angles
- Noise cancellation mics
- Weak LED flash
- Bleak chances of upgrade
- Video framerates drop in low light
Alcatel has been recently taking the smartphone race a tad too seriously with the evidence being the Idol X of the previous year. The Idol X plus carries the same value proposition along with some enhancement. X plus houses the most powerful processor with an octa core layer and has mind boggling specs. The build quality is upmarket and the phone is elegant and yet maintains a sleek outlook.
Design and Build:
The bezel are thinned and the paint finish although glossy doesnt end up looking cheap. The periphery of the device has been treated with an aluminum strip which is similar to the one in iPhones. The volume rocker and the power button are finished in metal and are a little too sleek to operate with ease. Memory card slot and the Sim slots are incorporated on the side and flushed with metal. The rear panel is plain and glossy which means that X+ wont hesitate to pick up those fingerprint smudges. Camera lens and the flash are neatly tucked inside the back panel with no part protruding out. The button of the phone has an dual speaker which the Alcatel calls the HiFi sound, something pretty much similar to the boom speakers in the HTC Desire 816. Overall the Idol X+ looks neat along with a high degree of elegance something which we usually see a lot in the iPhones.
Idol X+ has a 13.1 Megapixel along with an usual LED flash. Camera has an intuitive interface and the background of the interface is translucent along with manual control over the exposure. The detailing is good and the exposure levels are accurate without any signs of over saturation. Auto focus latches swiftly and is equally affective. Macro shots exhibit a great deal of detail. Flash has a good range and the illumination is apt. Pictures taken in HDR mode take some time to get processed and the end result is somewhat virtual with the ranging being excessively vivid. Videos are recorded in full HD at a frame rate of 30fps. The bad part about the video recording is that the frame rate starts trickling down once we take it in low light. The secondary camera is a laudable 2MP camera and is bundled with an unique options called Emoti shots which takes burst shots of your selfie and stitches them.
The 5 inch screen is cordoned by the thin bezel vertically and it has an impressive resolution of 1080 x 1920 and an extremely dense pixel density of 440ppi. Viewing angles are good and the screen is less reflective in the outdoors. Touch sensitivity is commendable as the screen responds well even if you wear gloves. Alcatel has opted for a Asahi Dragontrail glass which is similar to the Corning gorilla glass. The interface overlay is strikingly similar to the Amigo UI in the Gionee phones. Alcatel has popped in some widgets and freebies like the Gameloft titles.
Alcatel has bestowed the Idol+ with an Mediatek Octa core processor which is speedy at 2.0GHz. The processor is slightly crippled and is not something to brag about as the cores are based on the dated and less efficient Cortex A7 architecture. Idol X+ has a 2GB of RAM and an 16GB of internal memory which aides faster and lagfree multitasking experiences. It runs graphic intensive titles with relative ease and no framedrops or choppy graphics.
Power On It:
Idol X+ is powered by a 2500mAh battery pack sealed inside the back panel. It delivers an impressive backup of atleast a complete day with above average usage. The octa cores are frugal and less powerful which literally translates into not so great performance and a better battery backup.
Wrapping it up Alcatel Idol X+ is a good value for money proposition with specs like the octa-core processor being the USP of this device. Good build quality and no tacky touches here and their along with the surprisingly sleek design make the Idol X+ a good Cosmetic buy. Its only when we dive deep into the performance analysis do we find out that the MediaTec processors performance is something that we could equate to the mid range Snapdragon 600. The camera quality is good with enhanced lighting characteristics. Idol X+ doesn't shy away from running graphic intensive games and applications. Alcatel need to extend their aftersales support and try to improvise over the sales channel.