Alcatel’s Hero 2+ phablet is the latest phone to launch with Cyanogen OS


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Alcatel might not be the most exciting name in all the mobile lands, but their latest phone gives us reason to pay attention. It’s the Hero 2+, a 6-inch phablet that will find its way onto the market with the following specs:

  • Display: 6-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) TFT 16M color display + built in stylus
  • Processor: MT6592 2.0 GHz octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor
  • Camera: 13MP main camera + 5MP front camera for the perfect selfie
  • Video Capture: Full HD 1080p 30 frame per second video capture so you never miss any of life’s moments
  • Memory/Storage: 2GB RAM / 16GB of storage (Expandable to 32GB via MicroSD)
  • Dimensions: 160.5mm x 81.6mm x 7.9mm

All of that hardware is used to run Cyanogen OS as this is the latest phone to launch with the grassroots ROM by default. Unfortunately it’ll ship with Cyanogen OS 11S, a KitKat distribution, but we’re sure Cyanogen OS 12 — the one with Lollipop — will be along shortly after release.

“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.”

The device is said to be a North American exclusive, and will be available from Alcatel’s Amazon store starting at $299. It ships Q2 2015 so there won’t be a long wait if you’re interested in something like this over, say, the OnePlus One.

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Alcatel might not be the most exciting name in all the mobile lands, but…they certainly are one of the crappiest.

    Fixed it for you Quentyn;)

  2. I am sure that this will only be GSM and shy away from Verizon and Sprint…Alcatel makes one of the worse DSL modems… That I know.. :(

  3. On screen buttons and cap buttons? ummmm alright then lol

    1. CyanogenMod let’s you choose between capacitive or onscreen buttons.

  4. Stopped reading at the Mediatek processor.

    1. Are Mediatek processors really that bad on the battery and speed?

      1. Battery life is fine. Speed is “good enough” for most tasks, but won’t cut it for high-end games. The big problems for Mediatek are the many issues with Bluetooth and the complete lack of developer support and incomplete kernel source code.

  5. What a nice passive aggressive gift for someone you’re not too fond of.

  6. Sad that they have to ditch OnePlus.

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