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Alcatel's OneTouch Idol X+ is all about core strength

Camera action

Design and build

SIM card slots

Dual speakers

One last look

LAS VEGAS -- Talk about pumping up the cores. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ has eight of them in all.
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In addition to the CPU, Alcatel reaches high with a 13-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facer.
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Alcatel phones are typically lookers, but are generally competitively priced. The Idol X+ will come in on the higher end of the unlocked scale compared to its usual portfolio of sub-$300 phones, but should still compare favorably to superpremium competitors like Samsung and HTC.
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Magnetic microSD and SIM card slots are harder to open than to close.
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Alcatel has worked to boost the audio coming from the phone. Large dual speakers made song stream loudly during our hands-on demo.
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There's a lot more to know about the OneTouch Idol X+. Scoot on over to my hands-on for more specs and first impressions from CES.
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