Every Hero needs a Sidekick


  • TECH
  • Monday, 27 Jan 2014

Alcatel’s latest smartphone, the OneTouch Hero, is a fairly typical modern Android smartphone — it has a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 6in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080-pixels) IPS display, 8GB built-in memory with an microSD slot for adding more and 13-megapixel autofocus rear camera.

There are a few nifty tricks that the OneTouch Hero can do — for example, the supplied LED MagicFlip cover has cleverly hidden LEDs that are controlled by the phone. The LEDs will light up to form various notification icons to inform the user of incoming calls, messages, alarm events and more.

However, the most interesting and unusual feature of all has got to be that the phone comes bundled with a second handset called the Sidekick — this tiny retro handset is actually a Bluetooth companion phone that works with the Hero.

The Sidekick is meant to be used when the user doesn’t want to be obtrusive and bring out a big handset to answer phone calls or check messages as many of these functions can be accessed via the Sidekick.

The Hero even comes with a built-in capacitive stylus that allows for menu navigation as well as handwriting recognition.

Alcatel claims that the Hero can last for up to 18 hours in standby mode thanks to a large 3,400mAh battery.

The smarpthone doesn’t support LTE, however, and tops out at 3G speeds.

The Hero is already available in the market for a very reasonable RM1.399 together with the Sidekick.

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