Alcatel’s pen-toting OneTouch Scribe HD and OneTouch Hero now has a larger counterpart: meet the One Touch Hero 2. The 7.9mm thin device has a curved aluminum body, a reasonably light 175 gram weight and a 6-inch, edge-to-edge display. We should probably begin with the display, a 6-inch IPS TFT which has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. Naturally, you have to do something with all of that real estate, which is why the Hero 2 comes with a stylus that the company promise will turn the device into a “creative enterprise tool.” Hyperbole aside, the Hero 1 impressed by being able to recognize a badly-scrawled equation at an odd angle, which it converted seamlessly into digital text and solved in mere seconds.
Performance wise, there’s an octa-core 2.0GHz MediaTek MT6592 paired with 2GB RAM hiding inside that aluminum chassis, nestled beside a 3,100mAh battery. Storage-wise, there’s 16GB tucked inside, and, perhaps a little disappointingly, you can only add in a further 32GB with a microSD card. The aluminum body is also reasonably svelte and solid, and you’d certainly not be laughed at if you pulled this out in a room full of Galaxy Note owners. We saw this coming with the OneTouch Alpha. Rounding out the spec list is the usual assortment of 3G/LTE bands, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, AGPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC that you’d expect from such a device that launches in 2014.
Then there is the Alcatel Smartwatch, which unfortunately does not run Google’s Android Wear. Alcatel’s Smartwatch has a USB charger based in the strap (akin to Nike’s SportWatch+GPS) and an optical heart rate monitor pressed into your skin, the unit offers a choice of watch faces, music control, notifications, camera shutter control and a compass. There’s no word as to when this magical device will head to retail, as yet.
According to Engadget, the company quietly began shipping the device yesterday, and it’ll set you back €350 in Europe. Info on local pricing and availability had not been announced at time this was published.
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