Alcatel's One Touch Idol 2 Mini S comes loaded with LTE speeds (hands-on)

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/ Updated: February 23, 2014 2:54 AM PST
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Sporting a similar design and form factor to the Idol 2 Mini, the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 Mini S is a faster variant, packing LTE in its small 4.5-inch chassis.

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Design-wise, the Idol 2 Mini S is very similar to the Idol 2 Mini and sports a metallic finish in bright, vibrant colors. The handset runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, and is powered by Android 4.3. Unlike the Idol 2 Mini, the 2 Mini S is promised an update to 4.4 KitKat.

Fancy the need for speed? The Idol 2 Mini S may be just the thing. Sarah Tew/CNET

The smartphone shares many of the same specifications of the Idol 2 Mini, including a 960x540-pixel IPS display and an 8-megapixel rear shooter. The handset is also slightly thicker at 8.5mm compared with the Idol 2 Mini's 7.9mm-thin figure, but I found the difference barely noticeable.

The metallic finish looks really nice. Sarah Tew/CNET

As mentioned, the OS is powered by Android 4.3, and greatly resembles stock Android, but with minor tweaks to the lock screen, drop-down notification menu and settings page.

Both the Idol 2 and Idol 2 Mini will go on sale with a full range of accessories and cases to protect the phone. Alcatel's AeroFlip Case feels similar to the LG G2's Quick Window Folio case. Through the transparent window, you can interact with a small section of the smartphone's screen to view alerts and control your music.

Outlook

If you don't need the better screen and performance of the Idol 2 S, the Mini S will be more than sufficient for fast LTE download speeds. It's set to cost 209 Euros ($290, £170) and will debut in the next couple of months in the following markets: Europe, the U.S. and China.

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