Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging is actually a Google Cardboard-certified VR headset

Patrick O'Rourke

February 11, 2016 12:06pm

Ahead of their official Mobile World Congress reveal later this month, Alcatel OneTouch’s Idol 4S and Idol 4 smartphones were accidentally listed on the company’s website, revealing interesting information about the upcoming affordable mid-tier devices.

Now, thanks to a leak from the almost always reliable Evan Blass, we now know that the Idol 4S’ retail packaging will double as a Google Cardboard-certified VR headset, only instead of cardboard construction, Alcatel’s headset is made of plastic, similar to Samsung’s Gear VR.

While we don’t know the final price of the Idol 4S, it’s expected to sell for a sub-$400 USD price point. Bundling a VR headset with the smartphone, an accessory Samsung sells for $139 CAD, is an interesting move by the company, resulting in the upgraded version of one of last year’s top mid-range smartphones, that much better of a deal.

Alcatel’s Idol 4S will feature a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 16 megapixel/8 megapixel camera combo. The Idol 4 features a 5.2-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 617, 2GB/3GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, 13 megapixel back camera, 8 megapixel front camera, and a 2160mAh battery.

Related reading: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4 and 4S leak ahead of Mobile World Congress announcement

  • Victor Creed

    That’s thinking outside the “box”

  • Brad Fortin

    That’s one way to reduce packaging waste. Clever.

  • Mo Dabbas

    Yea right, “accidental” listing on their website. Like those companies expect people to believe that.

    But that idea is actually smart. Like it.

  • Crossed

    for midrange and entry phones, alcatel are pretty sweet.

  • GPman

    While it is not a reason to chose the phone over another it is however a clever idea and nice bonus to purchasers.

  • Niall

    I’m quite happy with my Idol 3, with a few caveats – should never have used the flipcase window feature, it burned part of the display. And I may be the only person who likes the power button where it is, especially in the flipcase – I never hit it by accident, yet I can press it through the flipcase to check time through the case’s window. I have long fingers, though. 🙂
    But its complete lack of upgrade to 6.0 makes me wonder about upgrading, especially with my current display’s problem. Though with the dollar in the tank, it’s likely that it’ll be in the $600 range for the 4S… compare with $312 for the 3 at Koodo (which is the perfect price for it).