Windows Phone is not dead, at least not to a few OEMs like NuAns, Vaio, HP and apparently, Alcatel. The gorgeous device you see above, my good people, is the long rumoured Alcatel Idol 4 Pro, a Windows 10 Mobile ‘superphone’ that is said to pack a Snapdragon 820 heart flanked by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and a 5.5 inch full-HD display running things upfront. The rear camera is said to be a 21MP shooter and an 8MP upfront for selfies and video calls, a 3000mAh battery and support for Continuum baked in.
This rumour isn’t new. It dates back to February when it (the rumour) first surfaced on MSPoweruser.com. As you can see, the Idol 4 Pro’s rumoured specs are at the recently launched HP Elite X3’s neck. And there is more to it.
Alcatel’s trump card in the Windows Phone Game seems to be VR (Virtual Reality) support in the Idol 4 Pro. MSPoweruser.com reports that a hidden VR app has been spotted in the store. The app is said to bring VR support to Windows 10 Mobile phones only. (Computers and tablets, no luck). Another site (WinFuture.de) spotted VR libraries and references in an exclusive scoop of the Idol 4 Pro’s ROM that they happen to have.
Now all this is interesting. First, there has not been any VR capable Windows Phone (or any other, i.e. iOS). SO far, only Android has had this capability.
Considering that this device leaked way back in February and it hasn’t launched yet (the year is slowly drawing to a close by the way), prospects of this device being real are not that promising anymore. If it does (and I pray that it does) then Microsoft can bask in the single ray of sunshine that they’re not that forgotten. Such dedication from an OEM surely must beam up someone’s day at Redmond.