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April 25, 2013

Alcatel Idol Ultra: Thinnest phone lands for Php15k

The world’s thinnest phone (at the time of this writing) has arrived in the Philippines — the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra. The device packs a 4.65-inch 720p display, an 8MP camera, a dual-core CPU and Android 4.1 Jellybean, all in a 6.45mm body.

IDOL ULTRA

The Ultra sports an AMOLED panel and we were very impressed with the contrast and the saturation, just like with other AMOLED panels. Everything was also smooth and responsive, thanks to the 1GB RAM And Jellybean. However, there is no microSD card support, so you’re stuck with the 16GB internal memory.

design and construction

The feel of the device is streamlined and premium; it doesn’t feel like it’s going to break in half despite the thin-ness. The Idol Ultra comes in other colors, but what we got here is red with matte finish. It looks like it could attract some dirt, but aside from that, this is one solidly built device.

Alcatel made sure they had Android 4.1 Jellybean on all its handset line-up. The camera is nothing impressive as we took average shots in low-light environment (we have yet to fully test that in detail).

thinness

We can’t really express the thinness of the device in words, so we have one last shot for you — one beside a knife and a Galaxy Note 2.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra specs:
4.65-inch 1280 x 720 AMOLED display
1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577+ CPU
1GB RAM
16GB internal memory
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ A-GPS support
8 MP camera w/ LED flash, 720p@30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera
Android 4.1 Jellybean
1820 mAh battery
134.4 x 68.5 x 6.45 mm (dimensions)
115g (weight)

The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra will be out in stores on the 27th, and will retail for a price of Php14,990.

Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra: World’s Thinnest at 6.45mm

12 Responses to “Alcatel Idol Ultra: Thinnest phone lands for Php15k”

  1. Yusuf says:

    Not bad!

  2. Buster says:

    nice…but no thanks. we have other local brands with almost similar specs for half the price. And no to belittle Alcatel but the brand is not that enticing at all.

    • Jp says:

      I have to agree with this one…

      Omega HD alone can beat the specs and price of this phone…

    • ciu says:

      Cherry Mobile sucks when it comes to build and durability.I’ve used several dumb phones of cm, it did not last a year. Recently I bought CM’s Flare, now it’s not working..Did not last a year with me. I think its better to buy alcatel and a few more bucks than a cheaper Cherry Mobile that would’nt really last even just for a year.

  3. abuzalzal says:

    .Too pricey for what it offers
    What the hell is Alcatel thinking?

    Pag hindi ka pa established sa smartphone market, wala kang karapatan na magpresyo ng ganyang kamahal

  4. tordj says:

    the last pic did not “express the thinness” as the author says so. comparing it to a knife is unnecessary. Comparing it to another slim phone is ok but the note2 is in the background. What we saw in that pic is that the knife is very slim compared to the Alcatel phone

    • True says:

      True… I agree!!! Are you Freak??? Why would you compare it to a knife… If you compare it with iphone5 then yeah makes sense but with a knife…? Omg very disappointed, this is the first time i totally dis agree with the writer, yung Iba napapatawad ko kasi sobra kung maka comment but this… Whats wrong with you?

  5. crash says:

    CM OMEGA HD might be better than this…

    • abuzalzal says:

      For the price difference Its really a no contest to begin with. Why splurge Php 15k on a crappy Mediatek powered device with no expandable slot when there is a marginally inferior OHD that can be had for cheaps? Alcatel isn’t even a badge worth showing-off.

      In terms of overall clarity and crispness. Ips are better than Amoleds (purely subjective though)

  6. Charles says:

    One correction for the review, aside from the internal memory, there is an external micro sd support in constrast with what said above,

  7. nixx francisco says:

    whoa! nice smartphone with a nice price indeed…hindi nb bababa ang price ng cp n 2? sana ibaba naman nila ng kaunti para maka avail ako hehehe…thanks anyway alcatel.

  8. evelyn domingo says:

    Hay naku porma lang ang maganda slim pero ang totoo mahirap kunin yun micro sd sim nya at nadaling maginit ang likod nya… i bought it and i never enjoy it , after 3 days it is stop reading my sd micro so nasira yun mga ngipin at may naputol ata na wire sa loob, hayun c alcatel ulta ko di magawa gawa kasi walang piyesa dito. kaya kau wag na kayong mangarap na bumili baka maging camera na lang cia at puro games na lang … sayang ang pera ko 14,990.00 ganun talaga…

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