Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra review: First look

News Basil Kronfli 09:02, 15 Jan 2013

Alcatel's One Touch Idol Ultra is the world's thinnest smartphone at just 6.4mm thick, unsurprising with skinny being the name of the game at CES 2013

Thin. You can’t escape it in the world of tech - TVs, laptops and not least of all phones. Boy is the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra one thin phone. In fact, according to Alcatel it’s the world’s thinnest phone at just 6.4mm, and with its smartphone credentials, unibody chassis and availability in a multitude of colours, it doesn’t scrimp on #want factor either.

Kicking off with the One Touch Idol Ultra’s emaciated body, there’s no denying this is an exceptional bit of kit. Positively waif-like, the slogan for the handset is - now you see it, now you don’t - and we can see why. Our camera struggled capturing profile shots of the Idol Ultra, and we’d be hesitant to blame its focus system.

Housing a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra screen looks eye popping and deep, in spite of its physical shallowness. Interaction was responsive in our time with it as you can see below and Alcatel’s customisations to stock Android look nice and light.

Speaking of Android, the phone runs Android 4.1, the almost cutting edge version of Jelly Bean and does so with a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek processor and 1GB RAM powering everything along. There’s no microSD card slot so you’ll have to settle for 16GB of internal memory.

Perhaps more jaw dropping than the slenderness of the One Touch Idol Ultra and its ‘World’s Thinnest Phone’ credential is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, you heard it folks, Alcatel killed it. The only port more ubiquitous than a microUSB port and it’s missing. Naturally, any music lovers therefore need broach the Idol Ultra with trepidation, and come armed with a Bluetooth headset / receiver.

We’ve not had word on release, so can only assume the One Touch Idol Ultra will drop in the coming months. When it does, you can be sure we’ll be getting one in for review, and in the meantime, enjoy our hands-on video below.

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