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Save the box: Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S packaging to double as VR headset

By Shawn Knight
Feb 11, 2016
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  1. If you're like me, the box that your new smartphone comes in immediately gets stored in the closet until it's time to sell it and buy a replacement. With Alcatel's latest smartphone, you may want to keep the retail box nearby as it doubles as a virtual reality viewer a la Google Cardboard.

    VentureBeat says the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 4S will ship in a hard plastic box that can serve as a VR viewer. As such, it'll have a slot for the phone to slide into, a pair of eyepieces on the inside and a button on the side to interact with the device. While not nearly as high-tech as something like an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, Alcatel's innovation alone certainly gets a nod.

    The OneTouch Idol 4S, meanwhile, is best described as a mid-range Android smartphone. It packs a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display that's powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC alongside 3GB of RAM and 16GB of local storage (expandable via microSD card slot). There's also a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture lens and a flash-assisted 8-megapixel selfie camera up front.

    The publication says Alcatel is planning to price the OneTouch Idol 4S at under $400 when it hits retail stores in May. While not mentioned specifically, it's almost a given that we'll see the Idol 4S and the rest of Alcatel's refreshed lineup at Mobile World Congress later this month.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    That's actually brilliant. This would be a great way to get more people aware of VR potential in general and hopefully it'll catch on.
     
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    "If you're like me, the box that your new smartphone comes in immediately gets stored in the closet".
    I use the box my device came in as a cheap case. I just punch some holes in it so I can hear whats going on. XD. Waste not, want not. :D
     
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    Do you intend to tote the packaging around with you everywhere you go?
     
  5. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,561   +862

    I'll just strap it above my face like a pair of sunglasses, the ladies will love that.
     
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    Good thinking, you're... er, 'ahead' of me there. ;D
     

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