During the IFA 2014 event Alcatel unveiled its the newest Android tablet that joins the ranks of the OneTouch Hero family. The OneTouch Hero 8 with a 8-inch screen offers octa-core performance and multi-pole connectivity and full lamination, eliminating reflection, which makes it the perfect medium to watch movies and videos, for gaming and for browsing the Web. Families will also find that it is well adapted to social TV, reading magazines and newspapers, and for taking on trips. Let’s take a closer look at the device.
Alcatel announces OneTouch Hero 8
The Alcatel OneTouch Hero 8 is about consuming with its tagline “Bring your living room with you.” The Hero 8 tablet is perfect for gaming, downloading and watching movies, browsing the Web and more — at superfast speeds. And its compatibility with accepted industry standards ensures limitless connectivity.
Its 7.3 mm thickness and 310 g weight make it “one of the slimmest and lightest tablets on the market”. Its stylish aluminium body is topped by a wide, comfortable borderless 8-inch WUXGA screen. The tablet is powered by a MediaTek MT8392+ chipset with a 2GHz octa-core processor, gets 2GB of RAM, a 4,060 mAh battery, and will be available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage configurations with microSD expansion slot available (but the cards capacity support is unknown). The superfast octa-core processor enables smooth music and videos streaming; download apps and movies in the blink of an eye.
There is a 5-megapixel camera which graces the back of the Hero 8 while a 2-megapixel lens sits on the front, infrared support for controlling your TV or home theater system. The display is a fairly high-resolution offering at 1920 x 1200 pixels, perhaps making it the most notable feature of the slate. The slate is joined by Android 4.4 KitKat, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The LTE Cat. 4 offers up to 150Mbps downlink speeds; there is also an IR blaster and optional NFC. The tablet has a built-in GPS receiver for positioning. The Wi-Fi is Miracast-certified.
The OneTouch Hero 8 is compatible with a companion device that functions as a universal remote. Hero 8 is a Miracast-certified device that allows users to transmit video or audio files on the tablet directly to a TV or monitor — wirelessly and without a router. The tablet can also become a universal remote control, with the TV Mate feature. Its connectivity allows it to be the centre of the connected home.
The connectivity of voice-call-enabled Hero 8 extends to Bluetooth phones, headphones and speakers. In fact, Hero 8 is compatible with any 4G, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth-connected device. It also supports voice calls and additional accessories can be used thanks to the pogo pins. The Hero 8 is compatible with a plethora of add-ons and accessories that lengthen the feature list and offer new conveniences with use. MagicFlip cases and other companion devices will be available to pair with the tablet.
Called the Sidekick 2, Alcatel says the device “acts as an extension” for the tablet, and can also be used for browsing messages and similar activities. With these features, accessories and companion devices, Alcatel OneTouch ensures a truly versatile experience through connectivity to multiple screens.
The sales of Alcatel OneTouch Hero 8 will begin later this month and the price tag is unknown as of now.