Alcatel, a TCL Communications brand, will begin selling a more muscular Windows version of its flagship Idol 4S smartphone exclusively through T-Mobile on Nov. 10.
Like its lower-spec’d unlocked GSM version, it will be bundled with a pair of VR goggles.
The Windows 10 phone features a dual glass and metal framed construction, 5.5-inch FullHD AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with an X12 LTE modem, 21-megapixel main camera with a Sony IMX230 sensor, an 8-megapixel front camera with flash, and 4K video capture at 30 fps.
The Continuum feature lets users connect the phone to a second screen, keyboard and mouse for a desktop experience. It also has a fingerprint sensor that is compatible with Windows Hello.
The Idol 4S comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB.
It will be sold for a $469 suggested retail, which will include the Idol 4S VR goggles. Customers who purchase the phone will also receive a free 45-day trial for Hulu Plus and a 30-day trial for Microsoft’s Groove music service.
An unlocked, GSM-compatible Android Marshmallow version bundled with VR goggles, JBL earbuds and Incipio case — albeit with QHD 2K AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage and a 16-megapixel main camera — is available direct from Alcatel or through Amazon for $400.