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BARCELONA -- Alcatel has yet another surprise at Mobile World Congress. Apart from the reversible Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 , the company also announced a new phone running Cyanogen OS. The 6-inch Hero 2+ phablet sports LTE connectivity and will retail for just $299 (£194, AU$384), but only in the North America.
The 7.9mm thick phone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor, the MT6592, clocked at 2GHz. Its 6-inch display packs a full-HD resolution -- that's 1,920x1,080 pixel -- and comes with a built-in stylus like Samsung's Galaxy Note series.
Other specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. The Hero 2+ has 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot that supports another 32GB of external storage. As mentioned, it will run Cyanogen OS, which is based on Android 4.4 (KitKat).
The device sports a sleek and curvy design. During our brief time with time, we noticed that its metallic-looking trimming made the handset look like the Apple iPhone 6 Plus (especially from the bottom edge with its dual speaker grilles), but its curves and corners harkened back to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus .
Its expansive display is sharp, and was responsive to the stylus, which was neatly tucked in the bottom right corner. As for the stylus itself, it's thin, without feeling too fragile, and feels similar to the Note stylus in the hand. The handset also has a 16-pin connector on its rear right side, which can be used accessories like folio covers.
Of course, we'll update this piece once we get our hands on a review unit. But in the mean time, catch all of CNET's coverage of MWC 2015 here.