Alcatel Idol 5S Specs and Price

Alcatel Idol 5S
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Boasting a sleek design, the Alcatel Idol 5S is an affordable smartphone and a more powerful variant of the relatively new Idol 5. The Idol 4S successor comes with a better selfie camera, USB Type-C port, and fast Wi-Fi.

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Alcatel Idol 5S Key Specs & Features

  • 5.2-inch IPS Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (423ppi)
  • Octa-core Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757 CPU with 3GB RAM
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • 32GB built-in Storage, up to 256GB memory card
  • 12MP Rear Camera and 8MP Front Camera
  • 4G LTE Data (up to 150Mbps download)
  • Fingerprint Scanner (Rear)
  • Dual Front facing Speakers
  • 2850 mAh Li-ion Battery

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Design and Display

It will not be a lie to say the Alcatel Idol 5S rocks a design that is great for the price. It looks premium with a construction that features 2.5D curved glass complete with an aluminium frame. At 7.5 mm, this is a slim device that should be a pleasure to hold.

There is no difference between this and the regular Idol 5 in terms of display. Alcatel also settles for a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels here. Images should look great on the Alcatel Idol 5S still with a pixel density of about 423 ppi. It boasts a coating that helps deal with oil fingers.

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Camera and Storage

The Alcatel Idol 5S packs a lower-res primary camera, compared to the Idol 4S and 5. It uses a 12MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture size, phase detection autofocus and dual tone flash. But the selfie shooter gets a bump to 8 MP for better shot quality.

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There is 32GB onboard storage, which is double what the Alcatel Idol 5 offers. You will also be able to expand this by another 256 GB using a microSD card.

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Performance and OS

You can expect the Alcatel Idol 5S variant to perform better than the regular offering. It boasts a more powerful MediaTek Helio P20 chipset that runs at speeds up to 2.35 GHz. The octa-core processor gets the backing of an ARM Mali-T880 GPU and 3GB RAM.

A variant uses Snapdragon 625 processor. As for software, the Alcatel Idol 5S ships with Android 7.1 Nougat operating system.

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Other Specs and Features

The capacity of the battery in the Alcatel Idol 5S is only slightly higher than that of the Idol 5 at 2,850 mAh. The rating of this is up to 18 hours of talk time. With Pump Express 2.0 in the mix, you can cut down charging time on this one.

You get a fingerprint scanner on the rear. The Alcatel Idol 5S also offers you dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and a reversible USB Type-C port.

Pricing and availability

Alcatel Idol 5S is not officially available in Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana. When available, you will be able to buy the Android phone at leading online stores in the countries. Price of the Alcatel Idol 5S starts at $250 in the United States. Alcatel Idol 5S Price in Nigeria is expected to range from 95,000 Naira to 125,000 Naira depending on your location in the country.

Its price in Ghana starts at around GH₵ 1,170. Alcatel Idol 5S Price in Kenya starts at around 27,900 KSh.

Alcatel Idol 5S Specs

Here are a few specs of the Alcatel Idol 5S:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Processor: Octa-core Processor: 2.35 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 & 1.65GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 (Mediatek Helio P20 MT6757)
  • GPU: Mali-T880 MP2
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Colours: Dark Gray
  • Dimension: 148.6 x 72 x 7.5 mm (5.85 x 2.83 x 0.30 in)
  • Weight: 147 g (5.19 oz)
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • SIM Count: Single-SIM


  • Display: 5.2 inches IPS LCD, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi)
  • Screen Protection: Oleophobic coating


  • Rear Camera: 12 MP Camera, f/2.0,1080p HD [email protected]
  • Rear Camera Features: Phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.25µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 8 MP Camera, f/2.0


  • Built-in Storage: 32 GB
  • Memory Card Support: Yes, up to 256 GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage:

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X:
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes, up to 42.2/11.5 Mbps
  • 4G LTE: Yes, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
  • WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, 4.2, A2DP, LE
  • NFC: No
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, 2.0, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol:


  • Music Player: Yes, MP3/AAC+/WAV player
  • Video Player: Yes, XviD/MP4/H.265 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • SpO2: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (Rear)
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Face Unlock: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control:
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No


  • Battery: 2850 mAh Li-Ion Battery (Non Removable)
  • Talktime: Up to 18 hours (2G), Up to 18 hours (3G)
  • Standby Time: Up to 500 hours (2G), Up to 500 hours (3G)
  • Fast Charging: Yes
Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Alcatel Idol 5S Specs and Price was written by NaijaTechGuide Team. The article was last modified: July 26th, 2019
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