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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OneTouch Hero 2
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13.1 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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12 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Not a bad phone for $300.

2. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

M4 Aqua is by far better

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

By comparing their spec, Hero 2+ is more bank for your buck. However, I would be torn between them since I like M4 in term of being water resistance and well made by Sony and other hand I'll get more of a phone from Hero 2+ with bigger screen and higher resolution.

14. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

dang, it's bang for the buck. (no offence man I'm just sayin)

3. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Hmm, somewhat intrigued although I'm not a big fan of the MTK 6592. Wonder how updates will go since it has Cyanogen. Will they be pushed by Alcatel or by Cyanogen?

4. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I was always fond of Alcatel for some reason. They are basically TCL at this point but still.

5. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

They must be kidding.. OnePlus One is much better for same price.

8. phrancis

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Agreed. I love my OPO, but it was frustrating to get an invite and I would've liked a 6" screen...

6. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

pa forgetting to mention d gionee elife s7 which has a 2700mah battery on a 5.2inch 5.5mm slim phone

9. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

299 and MT6592. It doesn't compute. Not a prob if it's MT6732/52 instead. They planned this up way too early maybe..

10. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

More bang for buck how??? 1. M4's way faster SoC on a step up gen. Bigger and higher res screen are pointless on anything slower. 2. Sony has better dev support via xda->teamfxp (stock AOSP) and even CM. 3. At least 720p not WVGA for M4 means better chan for better batt life.

13. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

That's tempting. If it were 32GB built in I wouldn't hesitate.

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