Today Alcatel has announced two new phones, the Idol 4 (€279), and the bigger and more powerful Idol 4S (€449) that offers solid specs for a decent price and an unexpected feature or two to spice up the package.

The Idol 4 is a 5.2-inch smartphone with a full HD screen, an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, with a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie cam, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of memory and a 2,610mAh battery.

The Idol 4S has a 5.5-inch screen with 2K resolution, with an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, a 16-megapixel rear camera (coupled with an 8-megapixel selfie cam on the front), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of memory and a 3,000mAh battery.

Both phones have a metal frame and just like their predecessor, the Idol 3 work when turned upside down thanks to dual speakers and microphones, one on each side.

Also Alcatel has added a special “boom” button to the side of both phones. With this button does different things depending on the context, When the phone is asleep, press it to take photos instantly, and hold it to take burst photos.

If you’re watching a photo gallery, the button will let you share a photo collage or a slideshow, and if you’re listening to music, the button “optimizes” the sound by changing the bass and loudness settings.

Both phones will be available in four colours gold, rose gold, dark grey and metal silver ships this April.

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