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Alcatel Hero 2+ headed to U.S. with Cyanogen pre-installed

by Jacob Kleinman | March 2, 2015March 2, 2015 8:00 pm PDT

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INTRODUCING THE HERO 2+. THE FIRST UNLOCKED PHABLET FOR NORTH AMERICA FROM ALCATEL ONETOUCH FEATURING CYANOGEN OS.

As part of a new partnership between ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Cyanogen, Inc., the HERO 2+ will be available unlocked in the U.S. and Canada with Cyanogen OS pre-loaded

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – BARCELONA, SPAIN – 2 MARCH, 2015 – ALCATEL

ONETOUCH today announced an exciting new software partnership with Cyanogen, Inc., which includes an unlocked phablet for North America featuring Cyanogen OS – the HERO 2+. The HERO 2+ LTE phablet will be available unlocked via the ALCATEL ONETOUCH store powered by Amazon for $299 beginning in Q2 2015.

“We promised big things for ALCATEL ONETOUCH in North America for 2015, and with our partnership with Cyanogen and the launch of the HERO 2+, we’re delivering on our promise,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “We will continue to invest in strategic partnerships – like we have with Cyanogen – which not only helps build our brand here in North America, but also helps us challenge expectations when it comes to the devices we bring to market here.”

The HERO 2+ is a refreshed concept of the 2015 iF Design Award winning HERO 2 phablet, featuring Cyanogen OS, with enhanced customization, security, and photo and video capture features. The HERO 2+ with Cyanogen has a 6-inch Full HD edge-to-edge display and LTE octa-core processor, designed for an unprecedented user experience for speed, graphics and data processing. This is also the first phablet with an octa-core processor with Cyanogen OS natively available on the device, brought exclusively to the North American market by ALCATEL ONETOUCH.

ABOUT HERO 2+:

  • 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)
  • Operating System: Cyanogen OS 11 on Android KitKat 4.4.4 ( Dimensions: 160.5mm x 81.6mm x 7.9mm

“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.”

Cyanogen OS 11 delivers a fast operating system with advanced features, allowing users to customize their UI through the powerful Themes app, including wallpapers, fonts, icons, settings, and boot animations. The camera comes with multiple filters and features for ease of taking selfies, pictures and videos. Cyanogen’s Privacy Guard gives users granular control of personal data, and there is a host of security features – data encryption, find and wipe device, pin scramble password protection, and protected apps features.

The launch of the HERO 2+ is the first device brought to North America as part of the strategic partnership between ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Cyanogen, with plans to bring more devices to market in 2015 and beyond.

alcatel hero 2+

Cyanogen helped make the OnePlus One a success. Now the Android-based OS is teaming up with Alcatel One Touch for a new 6-inch smartphone headed to the U.S. this spring.

To be totally honest, the Hero 2+ isn’t exactly a new device. It’s more like a slight refresh of the original Hero 2, packing the same 6-inch 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Alcatel did upgrade its processor to a 2GHz MT6592 MediaTek chip, but that’s the only new hardware.

On the software side, you’ll get Cyanogen OS 11 out of the box along with Android 4.4.4. There’s no word on when the device will get an upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Either way, you still get access to all the optimization and customization options Cyanogen has to offer.

The Hero 2+ is set to launch in North America in the second quarter of the year. You’ll be able to pick one up from the phone-maker’s Amazon-powered online store starting at just $299.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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