Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 goes on sale in UK this month


“100 per cent reversible” smartphone costs £210 for 4.7 inch version and £260 for 5.5 inch model

Alcatel Onetouch’s “orientation-free” smartphone the Idol 3 will go on sale on July 20, the manufacturer announced.

The Idol 3 was first unveiled at Mobile World Congress in March and is the follow-up to last year’s Idol 2 device.

The manufacturer said the device comes with an in-built gyroscope which lets users pick up their phone quickly without having to check if its the right way up. The user interface will automatically flip so the phone can never be upside down.

The Idol 3, which comes in either a 4.7 inch or 5.5 inch model, has a symmetrical design with a speaker and mic at each end of the phone, meaning that users can make calls even if the phone is upside down.

It packs a 13MP rear facing camera, with the larger device also including an 8MP front-facing “selfie” camera – the front camera on the 4.7 inch version is just 5MP.

The 5.5 inch is powered by a Snapdragon 64-bit octa-core processor while the smaller device also has a Snapdragon processor, but its only quad core.

Both run on Android 5.0. You’ll also find a 2,910mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 128GB in the larger phone, but the battery is 2,000AmH in the smaller device.

The 5.5 inch Idol 3 will retail at around £260 while the 4.7 inch version will start from around £210.

It will be available from Talk Mobile, Freeman’s Gratton and JD Williams on July 20, Amazon on July 21, and Sainsbury’s and Clove Tech on August 1. It will also be available from Shop Direct but Alcatel Onetouch did not disclose when.