The successor to the Idol 4S from last year has been spotted on the Geekbench benchmark database today. Listed as the “TCL Alcatel IDOL 5S” on Geekbench, the smartphone will be running on a MediaTek SoC and not a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip like its predecessor.
Alcatel has chosen to go with the MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core chipset for the Idol 5S, which will be clocked at 1.69 GHz. The chipset integrates the Mali-T880 MP2 GPU, so graphics performance should be quite impressive, at least for a mid-range device. However, the Idol 5S will not be a mid-range smartphone. Like the Idol 4S, we expect Alcatel to market the Idol 5S as its flagship offering. Alcatel hasn’t changed anything in the memory department it appears, as the Idol 5S seems to have the same 3GB of RAM as its predecessor. On the software front, the smartphone will run on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system at launch, which is definitely going to be appreciated.
Last month, a leak had claimed that Alcatel would be introducing a new modular smartphone at the Mobile World Congress this year. While it was speculated that the device could be the Idol 5S, nothing has been confirmed yet. We expect to find out more about the upcoming smartphone in the coming weeks, as we head closer to the smartphone’s official announcement at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona.