CES 2013: A closer look at the Alcatel One Touch Idol & Idol Ultra

Alcatel One Touch unveiled two ultra-slim smartphones at CES 2013, the One Touch Idol and the Idol Ultra, with the latter claiming to be the thinnest smartphone in the world at 6.45mm, less than the Oppo Finder which is 0.2mm thicker. Both phones however have a bulge at the back where the camera sensor is located.

The phone runs a dual-core system-on-chip clocked at 1.2GHz with a 4.7in 1,280x720 HD AMOLED display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities, a front facing 1.2-megapixel model and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The phone is so thin that it hasn’t yet received approval from the FCC, possibly because there’s not enough shielding material to prevent it from interfering with other radio equipments.

Other concessions made include the lack of a 3.5mm socket which means that users will have to rely on a microSD adaptor or switch to Bluetooth handsets and the absence of a microSD card slot. You’re stuck with a paltry 8GB onboard storage.

As for the One Touch Idol, it is slightly thicker than the Ultra at 8.15mm but oddly enough, it is lighter. Like its slimmer counterpart, it is a mixed bag. Alcatel chose to stick to an IPS display with a lower resolution and reduce the onboard memory to 512MB.

However, the phone is a notch up when it comes to its cameras. It has a 2.1-megapixel front facing one and its rear camera can record at full HD. Both handsets will be available first in China and then in the rest of the world. The Idol Ultra will costs around 2799 Chinese Yuan or around £300 which is a lot of money for a dual-core handset.

In comparison, the Google Nexus 4 is slightly more thicker (by 2.6mm – and without bulges), has a headphone jack, a much more powerful processor, twice the RAM, can record in full HD and is likely to be significantly cheaper.