Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S: First VR-Ready Phone?

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Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging will double as VR goggles

The 4S is undoubtedly the most highly-spec’ed handset that the company has ever sold, with a quad HD AMOLED display and octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor from Qualcomm, as well as 3GB of RAM and 16GB storage (expandable via microSD). The main camera — which can be summoned even from standby with a dedicated “Boom Key” — is composed of a 16-megapixel sensor and f2.0 aperture lens, while the flash-assisted, front-facing selfie cam is capable of 8-megapixel stills.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Idol 4S is how it’s being shipped: in a hard plastic box that doubles as a Google Cardboard-compliant VR viewer (pictured, top). It’s a clever value-add and, at a price point under $400, a good way to move virtual reality downmarket from its lofty Oculus heights.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

This has a screen one-half-inch smaller than the BLU Pure XL I’ve been considering. But with that Snapdragon 652, it should be more powerful. And throwing in that Cardboard VR viewer? I just might wait for this one over the BLU.

Additional:

Samsung Galaxy A9 with Snapdragon 652 benchmarks appear online

Previously here:

Snapdragon 650 Upsets All Current Hardware Pricing

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