Difference between Samsung Galaxy S Duos and Alcatel One Touch Idol

Key difference: Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a dual-SIM phone that was launched in September 2012. The phone comes with a 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density. The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. The Alcatel One Touch Idol is the official mobile partner for the movie Iron Man 3. It features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577+ and a 512 MB of RAM.

Initially smartphones would come in two categories, the no-nonsense simple phone and the extravagant phone with loads of features and a high price tag. However, now there are many people who expect different things from their phone, including features but a lesser price tag, durability, more battery power, etc. This has enabled smartphone manufacturers to offer an array of different phones for the different types of customers. Samsung announced the Galaxy S Duos as an option aimed for people that require double SIM capability, eliminating the need for carrying two separate phones. The phone was launched in September 2012.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos bears heavy resemblance to the company’s flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, looking past the basic form of the phone and picking it up; the user can realize the reason for such a small price tag. The phone is a cheaper version of its big brother, with a lesser quality plastic and some downgraded features. However, let’s not label it as of yet, as it does come with some good specs. The 4-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, with approximately 233 ppi density, is pretty decent with good contrast and colors but it is too reflective under sunlight, making it a bit difficult to use outdoors without squinting or trying to cover the screen.

The phone itself is easy to hold and handle, making it sleek and small enough to slip into jeans pockets or a small purse when on the go. The 120 grams of weight also ensures that the phone does put that much pressure on the hands when holding the device for longer periods of time. The top of the device houses only the 3.55 mm jack, while the bottom only has the USB/charging port. The right side of the device holds the power button on the top right hand and the microSD card slot. The left side of the device only holds the volume rocker, a bit hard to reach, if a person is used to having it on the right. On the front, the device has the home button that is surrounded by capacitive more options and a back button.

The device comes with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on Android 4.0.4 ICS. Again, the UI is a toned down version of the one found on the S3. The device lacks the ripples effect and the water-drop sound and has four customizable shortcut buttons on the bottom of the lockscreen that can directly take you to apps such as missed phone calls when unlocking the device. The device allows users to add/remove apps from the homescreen as well as add/remove panels similar to other versions of Android.

The device is powered by a 1 GHz Cortex-A5, with about 786 MB of RAM. The RAM is a slight upgrade to the 512 MB available on other phones, but it still isn’t that great when trying to run dual-SIM, resulting in some lagging during operation. The dual-SIM capability and standby allows both SIMs to be operational at the same time. The device comes with a 5 MP rear camera for taking photos and recording videos. The rear camera is pretty decent in terms of taking photos. The images have pleasing colors and a good dynamic range, but the photos are a bit grainy. The phone also comes with features such as smile detection, geo-tagging, Share shot, effects and panorama mode. The S Duos also houses a VGA (0.3 MP) front camera that is as okay, nothing much to talk about. The phone can also capture videos in VGA resolution at 30fps.

The S Duos comes with a decent removable LI-Ion 1500 mAh battery, that according to the company provides a talk time of 770 minutes in 2G and 520 minutes in 3G, along with a standby time of 570 hours in 2G and 470 hours in 3G. The phone does not come with the same amount of features as available in Galaxy S3, but with the price tag of this device, it is still something. The main reason for purchasing the phone would still be the dual-SIM capability, while in other countries where dual-SIM options are more common, the phone may not fare as well.

Alcatel-Lucent is a global telecommunications equipment company based in Paris, France. It is best known for providing telecommunications solutions to service providers, enterprises, and governments around the world. In addition, they also focus on fixed phones, mobile phones, converged networking hardware, IP technologies, software, and services.

Among its many series of phones, one is the Alcatel One Touch, which is an Android based smartphone series. Some of the newest phones under the series are the Alcatel One Touch Idol, Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra and Alcatel One Touch Idol X.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol features a 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors. The display has a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels.  The screen is Dragon Trail Glass and has an oleophobic coating. The phone is powered by a Dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577+ and a 512 MB of RAM. The phone has a 4GB internal storage and an expandable external storage up to 32GB.  It also features an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and LED Flash. The phone also has a 2 MP secondary front-facing camera.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol is the official mobile partner for the third installment in Marvel’s Iron Man movie series. It will be featured in the movie Iron Man 3. Furthermore, the phone weights in just below 110g, which the company claims makes it the lightest smartphone in the market yet. However, to get this weight the company has had to use a lighter plastic which many say makes the phone feel cheap.

The information for the detailed table about the two devices has been taken from Samsung website, Alcatel One Touch Idol website and GSMArena.com


Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Alcatel One Touch Idol

Launch Date

September 2012

Q2 2013





121.5 x 63.1 x 10.5 mm

133 x 67.5 x 7.9 mm (5.24 x 2.66 x 0.31 in)


4.0-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors


480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density) 16M colors

540 x 960 pixels, 4.66 inches (~236 ppi pixel density)



Dragon Trail Glass – Oleophobic coating


120 grams

109 g (3.84 oz)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

3G Network

HSDPA 900 / 2100 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

HSDPA 900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 1900

4G Network




TouchWiz 4.0 UI

Custom UI

CPU speed

1 GHz Cortex-A5

Dual-core 1 GHz


Adreno 200



Android OS v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)


Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon

MTK 6577+


768 MB

512 MB

SIM Size

miniSIM (Dual-SIM handset)

Micro-SIM - Optional dual SIM

Internal Memory

4 GB (1.8 GB available to the user)

4 GB / 13.3 GB (dual SIM version)

Expandable Memory

Up to 32 GB

microSD, up to 32 GB (dual SIM version)


Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Proximity Sensor

Accelerometer, proximity, E-compass, G-sensor


GSM; EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1,800/1,900MHz); HSDPA 7.2; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz; Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct Hotspot, USB Modem Tethering: Plug and Play, Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP, Micro USB 2.0 high speed, GPS with A-GPS, DLNA, Micro-SIM, EAP, Dual SIM Dual Standby


GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB.

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB


HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

HSDPA/HSUPA 7.2Mbps downlink 5.76Mbps uplink


Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot


Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP


microUSB v2.0

Yes, microUSB v2.0

Primary Camera

5 MP CMOS rear camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

Secondary Camera

VGA CMOS front camera

2 MP




Camera Features

  • Autofocus
  • LED Flash
  • Geo-tagging
  • Smile detection
  • Panorama mode
  • Share shot, scenes and effects
  • Autofocus
  • LED flash
  • HDR
  • Face and smile detection
  • Touch focus
  • Panorama
  • 3D photo
  • Burst mode
  • Digital zoom

Sound Enhancement



Audio supported formats


AAC, AAC+, AAC enhanced, WB AMR, MP3, Midi, eAAC, WMV

Video supported formats

MPEG4, H.263, H.264

H.263, MPEG4, H.264

Battery Capacity

Removable Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery

Li-Ion 1800 mAh battery

Talk time

2G: 770 minutes

3G: 520 minutes

2G: 7.2 hours

3G: 3.2 hours


2G: 570 hours

3G: 470 hours

415 hours

Available Colors

White, Black, La Fleur

Silver, Slate, Pink, Red, Green, Blue


SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM


HTML, Adobe Flash Lite



Stereo FM radio with RDS

Stereo FM radio with RDS


GPS with A-GPS support

Yes, with A-GPS support


Java via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Additional Features

  • Dual SIM
  • Dual SIM stand-by
  • SNS integration
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Voice memo/dial
  • Predictive text input
  • ChatON
  • SNS integration
  • Document viewer
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Organizer
  • Voice memo
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: samsung.com, alcatelonetouchidol.com

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