Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S has Arrived at Bell – Zero Down with Two-Year Contract

July 31, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

Last week we reported that on July 28, Bell would be adding the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S to their lineup of devices and it looks like its time has arrived – $0 down on a two-year contract.  Bell was the first Canadian carrier to take a stab at offering the Alcatel OneTouch – perhaps as an experiment to gauge their acceptance to their Canadian audience.  Alcatel is known for building a high quality product at an affordable price, so they fit in quite nicely at the lower-end lineup.  They do have a high-end finish to them and a good display, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.2GHz processor.

Bell is claiming that the OneTouch Idol 2S is a refresh of the Idol X, but when you compare the specs, it is certainly no upgrade.  For instance, the Idol X had a 1080p display and the Idol 2S goes down to 720p – there are downgrades in the processor, camera, and RAM as well.  Looks like a year old flagship was replaced with a new mid-range product.

The Idol 2S is a nice looking smartphone with their typically good built quality.  It has a 5-inch IPS HD display with a 1280 x 720p resolution and 294 pixels-per-inch (ppi).  It is sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and supported by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable to 32GB with the use of a microSD card.  It has an 8MP main camera with autofocus and LED flash along with a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video chatting and taking selfies.  A 2,150mAh battery powers the device and it will be running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box – upgradable to 4.4 KitKat.  The dimensions are 136.5 x 69.7 x 7.4mm and weighs in at 126 grams.  On Bell,the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S will have access to “Canada’s largest LTE network.”

Being a mid-range device, it does offer many features, such as HD Sound with premium audio components and you can enjoy the extra nice sound when you use the dual-speakers – place smartly at the bottom of the device – or through the earphones.  When using the camera, you can zoom with one finger, it has built-in video stabilization, and you can send your pictures to your big screen TV via Wi-Fi.  There are also quite a few accessories to compliment and protect your Idol 2S.

Please hit us up on our Google+ Page and let us know if you are interested in Bell’s new Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2S…as always, we would love to hear from you.