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Alcatel One Touch Hero, the Affordable Phablet

January 21, 2014

alcatel one touch heroThere are important things happening in the world of giant smartphones. There’s a new guy in town and threatens the competition with its long list of skills and, more important, all of these are available for a reasonable price tag that would make some of the other high-end phablets feel uncomfortable to say the least. I’m talking about the Alcatel One Touch Hero – yeah, remember those guys from Alcatel ? They’re still alive and kicking, but most importantly, they’re back in business. With this new Android running smartphone, it seems like the French company is taking a shot at Samsung’s Note line of phablets, with a full featured device at a very competitive price. Basically, Alcatel learned a lot from the Note, boasting a huge 1080p display, which is the key selling point of the device, but they chose to use a “low end” tech platform, in order to keep the price down. So, instead of using the Snapdragon SoC, they went for a Cortex 7 MediaTek chipset, which is actually more than enough for what this kind of device. Also, they compensated the lack of LTE with a dual SIM version of the Hero, specifically targeted for emerging markets.
Follow the next review and find out what does the Hero bring, besides a 6 inch display.
The Alcatel One Touch Hero stands at 158.5 x 80.6 x 8.5 mm and has a weight of 177.6 grams, being closer to a Galaxy Note 3. Its thin bezels allow it to host that huge display without wasting any available space. If you’re no stranger in the phablet world and you’re used to handling big fellows like this one, managing it won’t be a problem. Its design is pretty simplistic, without something that stands out – and that’s good, in my opinion. The back is covered by a soft textured coating made from plastic, which feels nice in the hand and offers a better grip.
alcatel one touch hero accesoriesThe frontal part of the Hero’s body is occupied by the star of the show, I mean the 6 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that comes with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, has a pixel density of 367 pixels and is protected by oleophobic coating. The image quality is great, bringing pleasure to your eyes with its punchy colors and wide viewing angles. The phablet is also perfectly usable under direct sunlight too. For managing it with more ease, you’ll be having a stylus at your service.
On the inside, the Hero comes equipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the user interface has been slightly customized here and there by Alcatel. Due to its powerful hardware, the Hero rides smooth through the interface and won’t bug you with any lag issues or anything like that. The hardware consists in a Mediatek MT6589 chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, PowerVR SGX544 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in two flavors, as a single SIM, having 8 GB of internal storage, and as a dual-SIM, holding 16 GB of storage. The single SIM version supports a microSD card for expanding the 8 GB memory.
alcatel one touch hero penor taking pictures, our Hero comes loaded with a 13 megapixels camera with autofocus that takes pictures with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and has a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The camera application offers settings for geo-tagging, panorama, face detection, touch focus, ISO, HDR and more. The photos taken with the Hero aren’t so heroic amongst the ones taken by other 13 MP snappers, but they’re pretty decent.
In terms of video quality, the Hero is also kind of average and takes decent 1080p videos at 30 fps.
If you’re in the mood for watching some movies, the video player present on the Hero is very capable and will have nothing against popular video formats such as DivX, XviD, MKV or MP4. Subtitle support wasn’t included, unfortunately.
For listening to music, you have a nice audio player that offers equalizer presets and support for lyrics. An FM Radio is also on board and comes with RDS support and is also capable of recording broadcasts.
Now, let’s take a look at a department where the Hero really does a great job. Web-surfing. The big display is really showing its powers and will offer you a wonderful browsing experience along the Android browser that comes installed and features a lot of useful settings for improving your surfing.
In its connectivity package, the One Touch Hero holds support for quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band 3G with HSPA, dual band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0.
In its backpack, the Hero also holds some very handy features such as a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, a document editor, Google Now as a personal assistant, a File manager for handling files and other goodies.
In conclusion, the new Alcatel One Touch Hero is a very capable phablet that will get the job done, yet falls behind some of the great names from the big guys’ world – such as the Galaxy Note 3. The Hero will suffice if you’re not reaching for the stars, but just want a hero for handling your daily activities, such as talking, texting, browsing, watching movies and all that.
magical alcatel one touch hero

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One Comment
  1. Dave permalink

    Cool phone. Where can I get one of those?

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