The $299 Alcatel Hero 2+ phablet unveiled as the next Cyanogen OS warrior

Alcatel's successor to its budget-friendly Alcatel OneTouch Hero phablet is the 6-inch, stylus-wielding Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2. It has a 6-inch IPS display with Dragontrail glass, which squeezes out a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels. The device is powered by a 2 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 SoC with LTE connectivity, and has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, plus a microSD on board. There are two cameras - 13.1 MP OIS cam on the back, and a 5 MP front snapper.

At the MWC expo, Alcatel just lifted the veil over another phablet in the series - the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+. It is the same as Hero 2, but this time running Android 4.4 KitKat and featuring... surprise, surprise... Cyanogen OS with "enhanced customization, security, and photo and video capture features" - basically all the great goods we've come associate with this mod. 

Alcatel boasts that the Hero 2+ is the first phablet with an octa-core processor and Cyanogen OS native on the device, and it will be available as such exclusively to the North American market in Q2 for the modest sum of $299 without any contract, straight from Alcatel's online shop there. Cyanogen is slowly gaining ground, it seems, after appearing on some Chinese handsets as the default OS, and now partnering with none other than Qualcomm. The Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+ is just another step in that direction, but pretty important one, as the phablet will be sold to American customers directly.

We’ve joined forces with ALCATEL ONETOUCH to push the limits of what a great user experience looks like, beginning with their latest phablet for North America - HERO 2+,” said Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen. “Our partnership is reflective of our deep commitment to driving innovation and meaningful differentiation for users; with enhanced privacy and security features.

source: Alcatel
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