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Mobile World Congress 2014: Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 series
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Mobile World Congress 2014: Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 series

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Alcatel's followup to last year's Idol range of handsets focuses on the premium feel as well as an appealing price point.

Hello world. I'm Seamus Byrne for CNET at Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. And we're looking at the Alcatel One Touch range and their Idol 2 series. There are four variations in the Idol 2 series. The Idol 2-- the Idol 2 S, the Idol 2 Mini, and the Idol 2 Mini S. The S series introduces LTE to the Idol range. The full-sized Idol 2 is a 5-inch qHD IPS smartphone with a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 1 gig of RAM and 8 gigs or 16 gigs of internal storage, depending on whether you get a single or dual SIM model. MicroSD is only in the single SIM device. You get an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera here as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. The Idol 2 S is the model I'm holding here. This has a better 720p IPS display, but a slightly slow 1.2GHz processor and 720p front camera, and it launches with Android 4.3 instead of 4.2. The Idol 2 Mini is a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display with the 1.2GHz quad-core with other specs in line with the Idol 2. The Idol 2 Mini S is much the same spec with the LTE added and a slightly bigger battery to cope with the LTE performance needs. The Mini S has a nicer design though, with a metal back giving it a much more premium feel than the other models. So the Idol 2 range is available very soon worldwide. The Idol 2 will be priced at 199 for the standard model, Euros, and 249 Euros for the S model. That translates to around $275 and $350 respectively. The Idol 2 Mini will be priced at around 169 Euros and 209 Euros for the S model. That translates to about $235 and $290. I think the new Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 range does feel really nice in the hands. Given their price points, they should perform quite well this year. This has been Seamus Byrne looking at the Alcatel One Touch Idol 2 range from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for CNET.

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