TCL, better known to use the Alcatel brand name outside China, just launched the Idol X+ at about USD$330 when converted, and will be available for ordering by January 15, 2014.
Alcatel Idol X+ is a very welcome upgrade form its predecessor, the Idol X, which also has a 5-inch 1080p IPS display and a 13MP primary shooter, though this time the screen will fit with slimmer bezels at 1.9 mm. It’ll have a bit thicker body at 7.9mm, because of its thicker battery of 2500 mAh capacity.
But what’s much noticeable is the innards of the Idol X+, which actually sports the 2GHz octa-core MT6592, coupled with 2GB of RAM. This in turn, definitely be its new flagship’s early bet on the octa-core powered race this coming new year. Not to mention, it’s been reported that TCL struck an exclusive deal with MediaTek regarding this Soc.
The TCL Idol X+ comes also with the Boom Band, a wearable Bluetooth gadget, basically a plastic wristband that can either be used as a proximity alarm for the phone (in case it’ll be lost or get out of distance), or a performance tracker on your fitness-related activities.
Idol X+ will be available for ordering by January 15 next in China alone, but upcoming markets on neighboring countries or even local roll-out hasn’t been announced yet. We’ll keep posting on info regarding local availability and pricing as well.