T-Mobile drops the Alcatel Fierce XL ahead of the Idol 4S with Windows 10 launch


Out with the old and in with the new, that seems to be the running theme as Alcatel’s Fierce XL gets dumped unceremoniously by T-Mobile.

The older, low-end phone, was Alcatel’s first Windows phone – an accessible low-end phone for novice phone users. The firm has now replaced it with its much improved Windows 10 flagship handset, the Idol 4S for Windows, a more powerful version of its midrange Idol 4S Android handset.

The phone ships with the following specs:

  • Brilliant 5.5-inch Full-HD (1920×1080) AMOLED display that delivers a great viewing experience, even in direct sunlight
  • Powerful Snapdragon 820 processor (2×2.15GHz + 2×1.6GHz) with Qualcomm® Adreno™ 530 GPU for smooth multitasking and video processing
  • 21MP main camera with Sony IMX230 sensor + 8MP front camera with 84-degree wide angle lens for pro-style photos
  • Fingerprint sensor with Windows Hello for added user convenience and device security
  • 3000mAh Battery for up to 20 hours of talk time and USB-C charging featuring Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM (with MicroSD support up to 128GB)
  • Dual 1.2W multi-directional speaker featuring Hi-Fi audio for a more immersive sound experience
  • Windows 10 Mobile OS including access to Microsoft Office apps, Continuum and regular software updates direct from Microsoft

Along with the older Lumia 640 XL, and last year’s Lumia 950, the Alcatel Idol 4S is one of the only Windows phones you can get from a US Carrier.

It’ll e coming out next week on the 10th, and we’ll have our review out by then as well. It is worth noting that this is not the first time a Windows phone has had a limited run on T-Mobile USA.

The Lumia 640 and 925 had short live spans on the carrier, and the former has let to receive Microsofts Windows 10 Update officially. Let’s hope Alcatel’s new phone does much better.

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