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MWC 2014: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 and Idol 2 Mini unveiled

Alcatel OneTouch has taken the wraps off the new additions to its Idol smartphone range, namely the Idol 2 and Idol 2 Mini (both of which will also come in 4G LTE versions as well as plain 3G).

Sporting a brushed metallic finish, the Idol 2 is 7.3mm thick, and has a 5in display with a resolution of 960 x 540 powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU. An 8-megapixel main camera is on board, as well as a 2-megapixel front-facer, so this device has a similar core spec to the company’s mid-range Firefox OS handset we reported on earlier.

The Idol 2 will also have NFC, dual speakers apparently providing HD audio, and optional dual-sim support. Android 4.2 will be on board, with the promise of an update to KitKat.

The Idol 2 Mini is, naturally enough, a smaller version with a 4.5in screen – keeping the same resolution, so it’ll look a tad sharper.

The Mini will have a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and the same spec cameras as the Idol 2, with Android 4.3 on board. Alcatel OneTouch boasts that the handset can be operated with just one finger, thanks to UI features such as “One Finger Zoom.”

The Idol 2 S and Idol 2 Mini S will be the 4G LTE versions of the handsets, with some other minor tweaks to the spec here and there (in the case of the Mini S, it will be a tad chunkier than the Mini – 0.6mm thicker to be precise).

However, there is one major change with the S versions – and that’s the fact that the Idol 2 S will boast a 1280 x 720 resolution screen which equals our current budget Android favourite, the Moto G. Sadly the Mini S doesn’t see a screen resolution boost.

Dan Dery, Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel OneTouch, commented: "The Idol range brings products that are truly ‘Made For You.’ We combine innovation, ease of use and performance packaged in a stunning design, which matter most to consumers in a smartphone. With Idol 2 and Idol 2 Mini we are taking another step forward in performance and design to seduce even more consumers.”

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