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Octa-core processor and 1080p display the highlight features on Alcatel's latest handset

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Alcatel One Touch is leaping out of the CES gates early with the announcement of its latest Android handset, the Idol X+. With a design familiar to previous Idol devices, the headline hardware specs for the new Idol X+ are the 2 GHz octa-core processor, and the 5-inch 1080p display. 

Other hardware features of note are a 13.1MP rear camera, a 2MP 1080p front facing camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2500mAh battery. Alcatel also promises that the Idol X+ will pack some good quality, loud audio from the speakers mounted along the bottom edge of the device. 

While there's plenty of decent enough stuff underneath, there's a slight disappointment that the Idol X+ comes to market running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and there's no sign of LTE. No word on specific pricing or availability at this point, though Alcatel did tell us that it will begin shipping in China in January. We've got a hands on look at the new Idol X+ coming your way, and the full press release can be found after the break. 

Press Release

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ perfectly matches design with octa-core performance

ALCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL X+ takes IDOL series one step further with a true octa-core processor which allows eight cores to work simultaneously to enable the next level of performance and power efficiency.

(Consumer Electronics Show) Las Vegas, Nevada, January 6, 2014 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH today unveiled the IDOL X+ that delivers life-like content and perfectly matches design with performance.

Building on the global success of the IDOL series of smartphones, the IDOL X+ combines the octa-core processor with a 5” full HD 441ppi display and 13.1 megapixel 1080p camera  all in an ultra-trim handset that is just 7.9 millimeters thin. Built with content in mind, the IDOL X+ brings vibrant color to pictures and video. It is finely-tuned to unleash the full power of the octa-core processor for smooth web browsing, immersive gameplay and compelling 3D graphics but is also frugal when it comes to power consumption. The new processor increases battery efficiency and reduces power consumption by 18 percent when compared to a Quad Core chip decoding full HD video. It also includes clever performance tweaks like allocating each web page tab to a different CPU for smooth and fast browsing.

Despite the power hidden under the hood, the exterior of the IDOL X+ keeps to the slim, sleek styling of the IDOL series. IDOL X+ takes styling and choice to the next level with its unique IML spin effect and the brushed metallic frame.

The “0” bezel and borderless, 2.4 mm edge-to-edge design means that pictures and videos fill the available space. The full HD IPS display offers a 170 degree viewing angle, making the IDOL X+ the best smartphone to show-off pictures and videos to friends and family. The perfectly designed side speakers produce loud quality sound, supporting SACD’s 24bit/192KHz playback which is four times better than a CD.

“The IDOL range has gained a reputation for offering the best balance of features, performance and design,” said Dan Dery, Chief Markting Officer for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “The IDOL X+ continues this tradition and is set to surprise and delight with its image capture and display credentials.”

Visit ALCATEL ONETOUCH at CES in the LVCC Central Hall, Booth 9825.

IDOL X+ features include:
5” full HD IPS display
Octa-core 2 GHz processor
13.1 Mpxl full HD rear camera
2 Mpxl 1080p front camera
Hi-Fi sound
HD video
7.9mm thin
2500mAh

 
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How can you have an octo core chip and a 2300 mah hour battery there HAS to be some serious optimization

Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or Moto G

8 x tiny Cortex A7 cores at 28nm using HMP won't use much power. The OS scheduler will keep half the cores parked (off) for 99.9% of the things you do on a smartphone.

Power consumption won't be an issue, but I don't think performance will live up to expectations. It's going to perform poorly in single-thread tasks; about half performance of 1st-gen Krait (S4 Pro), less than half of A15/Krait 300 -- in the real world that means around 1100ms SunSpider, around 400 points in Geekbench 3 single-thread etc.

I don't think they have to click it as fast if all eight cores are running.

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