Alcatel has unveiled a second wave of its Android smartphones today. Following the announcement of the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini, the phone maker has today presented the One Touch Hero phablet and the Idol Alpha Android smartphones.
The Alcatel One Touch Hero is the company's first Android smartphone to pack a 6" display. It boasts a resolution of 1080p and uses IPS technology. Under the hood, there's a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU coupled by 2GB of RAM. Sadly, the company hasn't disclosed its make yet.
At the back of the Hero, Alcatel has opted for a 13 MP shooter capable of full HD video recording and backed by an LED flash. A 2MP snapper takes care of video chatting at the front.
Under the back cover, there's a 3400mAh battery and a microSD card slot for expanding the built-in storage, which is either 16GB of 32GB.
However, the Alcatel One Touch Hero is much more than your regular hard-to-wield smartphone thanks to its accessories. Firstly, the company has developed a desk stand that doubles as a pico-projector. It's capable of outputting 12 lumens worth of light output and projects an image larger than 70 inches.
Then, there's the E-Ink cover, which adds an intriguing extra E-ink layer on top of the Hero's display. Just like the pico-projector accessory, the E-Ink cover connects to the Hero via the pins on the back of the phablet. Alcatel has announced a second cover dubbed MagicFlip, which only adds LED lights to notify you of new notifications.
Finally, the last Hero accessory worth mentioning is the Bluetooth-enabled feature phone. Yes, the Hero enjoys a feature phone as an accessory (think HTC Mini). It's capable of not only placing and receiving phone calls, but also receive texts and sync the Hero's phonebook and calendar entries.
Alcatel is yet to announce the One Touch Hero's pricing and availability.
As for the Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha, it's aimed towards the mid-range smartphone spectrum with its 4.7" IPS display of 720p resolution. Thanks to the 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, the Idol Alpha will probably offer some respectable performance as well.
Alcatel is quite proud of the Idol Alpha's design, which mixes a metal case with quite curvy, translucent edges. It's reasonably thin as well with a waistline of only 7.5mm. Those translucent edges also light up when there are new notifications or the phone is charging and playing video (much like Sony's Ambilight LED).
The company hasn't shared much more regarding the Idol Alpha's specifications. Among the unknowns are its price and date of availability, but we'll keep our ears pointed when new information pops up.
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Alcatel phones usually go faulty within 15 days, issues like freezing and touch etc. thousands of pple have same issue. hope all is good on this model. GANPAT PATIL @ IRRIGATION OFFICER
It's doesn't matter whether it's is an Alcatel or TCL! which phones other than Moto, is not made in China? Ultimately it's down to pricing matches the spec, I hate paying a premium just because of it's Sam or i!
Better ask gsmarena to remove this phone from alcatel section if you think you are right.