LAS VEGAS -- In addition to its shiny OneTouch Watch , Alcatel introduced its latest phablet at CES 2015, the OneTouch Hero 2C. Though pricing and availability information have not been reported, Alcatel announced that the device will launch in Latin America and elsewhere globally.
Expansive in size, the handset is equipped with a 6-inch display and a 720p resolution. Like other big-screen phablets, I found it difficult to maneuver with one hand or fit into my jean pockets. However, users with a bigger grip may not find the smartphone as unwieldy as I did.
The Hero 2C runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is 4G enabled. It's powered by a 3,400mAh battery and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with an Adreno 305 GPU. On the rear, you'll find a 13-megapixel camera that's capable of shooting up to 1080p full HD video, and on the front there's a 2-megapixel shooter.
During my brief time with it, the handset felt distinctly mid-range. This isn't very surprising, since it's expected to be an inexpensive alternative to high-end phablets like its relative, the Hero 2 (which CNET's Jessica Dolcourt noted felt almost "toylike" as well). In addition, the phone does not come bundled with its own stylus, so users will have to go au naturel when it comes to typing and inputting with the Hero 2C.