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Alcatel OneTouch debuts Phablet, Smartwatch

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.

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.