6'' Alcatel One Touch Hero phablet goes full out: pico projector, companion handset, E-Ink/LED covers


IFA 2013 hasn't even kicked it up to full speed yet, and we already have a bunch of new products to look forward to, and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean-touting Alcatel One Touch Hero sure is one of them. Alcatel, who has been licensing its brand name to Chinese TCL and letting it handle the production of handsets on its own, appears to have taken the Hero part of the device quite seriously – the phablet slated for an October launch is truly trying to catch them all. And by all, we mean every unusual, if cool, feature that rivals have been reserving for their occasional oddball smartphone experiments.

Trendy internals


Taking the torch from the Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD, the Hero offers an upgrade in pretty much every regard. Starting off with the essentials, it's nice to see that this time around Alcatel has done the display justice – we're looking at a giant 6-inch IPS panel running at 1920x1080 with stylus support. The amount of RAM has also been bumped to 2GB, and we have a 1.5GHz quad-core SoC of unknown make, though Alcatel has relied on local MediaTek for the rest of the devices in its new lineup. Keeping up to speed with the trends, the rear camera on the Hero is a 13MP unit with a LED Flash, a 2MP snapper resides at the front. The 16GB of storage is thankfully microSD-expandable. Giving life to all these internals is a healthy 3400mAh battery.



Catch them all


Luckily for us and Alcatel both, the company didn't stop here, for although sporting some high-end internals, the One Touch Hero will need a bunch of extras to sway consumers away from the traditional choices when it comes to smartphones in general. Extras, exactly, is what Alcatel is offering by the bucketload.



Projectors are awesome, especially on your smartphone


Starring among these is a 12Lm pico projector add-on that should cater to both the business-minded and those simply looking for some entertainment. While we've seen this tech fully integrated in phones before, we still prefer that the option is available, rather than not (pending price, of course). Alcatel promises that their solution will allow users to project an image larger than 70 inches. Obviously, don't go throwing away your TV just yet -- pico projectors for smartphones, by and large, have had a sketchy track record at best.


MagicFlip and E-Ink covers


The Alcatel One Touch Hero also comes with a dedicated E-Ink cover that will give a break to both the Hero's battery and your eyes whilst reading. An alternative cover, dubbed MagicFlip, connects to the phablet through a series of pins on the back, providing notifications via an embedded LED light. Both these covers, along with the pico projector will connect to to the smartphone via the pins on the rear of the phone, meaning that you'll have to settle for one or the other. Once again -- nothing, strictly speaking, new or innovative, as we've seen this tech before.


Bluetooth-enabled accessory phone


Remember HTC's Mini+ bluetooth IR blaster handset that doubled up as a phone? Well, just in case it wasn't apparent enough that the Alcatel One Touch Hero is a true jack of all trades, the company has decided to go for a similar accessory. The bluetooth-enabled device will connect to your, admittedly, much bulkier One Touch Hero, allowing you to take and place voice calls, receive texts and also sync your phonebook and calendar entries, without having to whip out the 6-incher.


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OneTouch Hero
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3400 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

nice launch from ALCATEL...for us that dont care about coooores but overall package of features. With 2GB RAM should be OK even there is no SD600/800.

2. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Beauty of Android, so many choices for phone size. I like picking what I feel is right for my phone not being told whats the best screen size for my hand.

3. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Oooh 6 full inches to hold. Come on Samsung, give us 6 and half on that Note 3. Hey folks, anything is possible, up until today, PhoneArena and everyone else were calling the next big Android release Key Lime Pie! Let's pray Sammy has pulled a Google, too (and fooled everyone) :)

13. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

If samsung manages to keep the overall size of the Note 3 just like the Note 2 and puts a 6" display on it I'll get it. Other then that they can keep the display size at 5.7" to preserve the overall size of the Note 2. I'm looking forward to the release of the Note 3 so I can retire my aging vzw G-Nexus.

14. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Great phone but, needed that MicroSD functionality (back then, opted for the RAZR). Have to admit, though, G-Nexus has a better camera; too bad many were plagued with various issues. Honestly, if they do 6 inches I may not buy it because, for me, the bigger the better and I want it as big as I can get it. I checked out the Samsung Mega at AT&Terrible (I went incognito), I wouldn't mind a 6.3 incher' [ but, that's just me]…

4. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

What's with the companion crap-phone madness? I thought this well-established and powerful technology that is the smartphone was supposed to make us carry less crap, not get us concerned about forgetting to charge yet another device.

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nice.. good features

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This is actually a great phone except for the SoC. A snapdragon 600 is a great pair if they cant go with 800.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Superb overall package with nice design and features.

8. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Nice device but I wonder if they'll be able to keep up with the software updates, Alcatel hasn't been good at that.

9. artealis

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

wow e-ink flip cover... wow, why samsung can't make that cover come with galaxy mega

10. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Love all the extras. Especially the e-ink from when I'm reading on the go.

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

The e-ink cover is an excellent idea which I hope others use too.

12. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Impressive! If this phone has Snapdragon 800 on it, it can compete with the big bros out there. Good job Alcatel!

15. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

Now this would be a phablet that I would actually purchase and see me using more than any android device that I have ever had. The magic flip is going to be amazing feature and the e-ink cover would be useful since I like to try and read while at work and at the bar trying to relax.

16. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

There are already 6 phones contending to be my new friend and there's this as well. So many choices.

17. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Wow, I'd love to get a hold of one of these to try out! Review it ASAP PA!

18. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Looks better than the note 3

19. Andre007

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

PLEASE ALCATEL, bring this to the US at a Decent price and Ill buy it the instant it gets released!!!!

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