LITTLE KNOWN PHONE MAKER Alcatel has kicked off this year's IFA trade show in Berlin by unveiling two Android smartphones on Wednesday, the 6in One Touch Hero and the smaller One Touch Idol Alpha.
The Alcatel One Touch Hero is the standout product of the two, featuring a 6in HD 1080p display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. Aimed at creative types, the handset comes with a stylus and a nifty e-ink cover, which means that users can read books and magazines on a second screen that won't quickly drain battery life, according to the firm.
Alcatel clearly is looking to challenge its big name competitors such as Sony and Samsung as the high-end specifications continue throughout. The One Touch Hero also features 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear-facing camera, a 2MP front-facing camera and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.
Alcatel has said that the One Touch Hero will be available in October for a "high-end" price, although there are no availability details yet.
Alongside the top-end One Touch Hero, Alcatel also debuted the One Touch Idol Alpha, clearly having taken naming tips from Alan Partridge. This device likely will be more affordable, featuring a smaller 4.7in edge to edge display and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor.
The design is the handset's standout feature though, featuring a 7.5mm thick aluminium frame with translucent edges that light up when a notification is received.
There are no availability details available for the Alcatel One Touch Idol Alpha yet, but we'll update this article when we hear more. µ
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