T-Mobile Reveals Alcatel Idol 4S Windows 10 Mobile Flagship With VR Aspirations

Microsoft may seemingly be winding down its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile-based hardware, but its partners definitely haven’t given up. Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard debuted the Elite X3 for $799 (Microsoft even used the smartphone in demo on stage during its Windows 10 Creators Edition keynote instead of its own Lumia 950 XL), and now we’ve learned that T-Mobile is stepping into the fray.

T-Mobile will soon begin selling the Alcatel Idol 4S with Windows 10 Mobile preinstalled. The Idol 4S was previously only available from T-Mobile running Google’s Android operating system. In case you need a refresher, the Idol 4S comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM, 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, 21MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, a microSD slot (which can only accommodate an additional 32GB), USB-C connectivity, and support for Windows Continuum.

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When it goes on sale, T-Mobile will be bundling the Idol 4S with a set of VR googles for free (while supplies last). It unknown at this point if these will be a low-cost VR headset solution similar in concept to the Samsung Gear VR or if it will be a slightly more premium solution like the ones from Microsoft’s hardware partners that was announced today. These headsets start at $299 and include inside-out tracking sensors.

“The next great frontier of entertainment and information is here, and the IDOL 4S is the world’s first Windows-powered smartphone + VR goggle package,” writes T-Mobile on the product page for the Idol 4S. “Pre-loaded games and videos expand your reach beyond the screen.”

Besides the free VR headset that will included with the bundle, the Idol 4S will also ship with a free copy of Halo Spartan, a 45-day trial subscription to Hulu, and a 60-day trial of Groove Music.