It’s a major week for the people at Cyanogen Inc. as it goes into an partnership with an new Android smartphone manufacturer.
The Cyanogen group have launched a new device with Alcatel OneTouch. The Hero 2+ is a North American remix on the first Hero 2, which we seen back in September. This new model swaps out the MT8392 processor in its predecessor with the MT6592 octa-core processor having clock speed of 2.0GHz, and that is pretty much where the hardware changes end. The major part of changes is on the additional “+” lie in software side, as Alcatel OneTouch will be transported with new version of the Hero 2 with Cyanogen OS.
Alcatel OneTouch is moving from its own custom version of Android skin, which incorporates no lack of software of its and hardware encounters, for Cyanogen OS 11. The Hero 2 may just be getting update from Android 4.4.2 to Android 4.4.4 with this knock to Hero 2+, yet Alcatel OneTouch is engaging on the Cyanogen privacy and security features and highly customizing platform for the North American release. This 6 inch, 1080p resolution display monster will be the first official Cyanogen OS device getting support a stylus, yet there’s been no statement yet of support for the other Alcatel OneTouch extras accessories, in the same way as the LED flip cover or the e-ink accessory that was sold with the first Hero 2 device.
The Hero 2+ unlocked version will be accessible for $299 on the Alcatel OneTouch Amazon store beginning in Q2 of this current year. Look at the full press release below for more information.
INTRODUCING THE HERO 2+. THE FIRST UNLOCKED PHABLET FOR NORTH AMERICA FROM ALCATEL ONETOUCH FEATURING CYANOGEN OS.
As part of a new partnership between ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Cyanogen, Inc., the HERO 2+ will be available unlocked in the U.S. and Canada with Cyanogen OS pre-loaded
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – BARCELONA, SPAIN – 2 MARCH, 2015 – ALCATEL
ONETOUCH today announced an exciting new software partnership with Cyanogen, Inc., which includes an unlocked phablet for North America featuring Cyanogen OS – the HERO 2+. The HERO 2+ LTE phablet will be available unlocked via the ALCATEL ONETOUCH store powered by Amazon for $299 beginning in Q2 2015.
“We promised big things for ALCATEL ONETOUCH in North America for 2015, and with our partnership with Cyanogen and the launch of the HERO 2+, we’re delivering on our promise,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “We will continue to invest in strategic partnerships – like we have with Cyanogen – which not only helps build our brand here in North America, but also helps us challenge expectations when it comes to the devices we bring to market here.”
The HERO 2+ is a refreshed concept of the 2015 iF Design Award winning HERO 2 phablet, featuring Cyanogen OS, with enhanced customization, security, and photo and video capture features. The HERO 2+ with Cyanogen has a 6-inch Full HD edge-to-edge display and LTE octa-core processor, designed for an unprecedented user experience for speed, graphics and data processing. This is also the first phablet with an octa-core processor with Cyanogen OS natively available on the device, brought exclusively to the North American market by ALCATEL ONETOUCH.
ABOUT HERO 2+:
- Display: 6-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) TFT 16M color display + built in stylus
- Processor: MT6592 2.0 GHz octa-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor
- Camera: 13MP main camera + 5MP front camera for the perfect selfie
- Video Capture: Full HD 1080p 30 frame per second video capture so you never miss any of life’s moments
- Memory/Storage: 2GB RAM / 16GB of storage (Expandable to 32GB via MicroSD)
- Operating System: Cyanogen OS 11 on Android KitKat 4.4.4 ( Dimensions: 160.5mm x 81.6mm x 7.9mm
“We’ve joined forces with ALCATEL ONETOUCH to push the limits of what a great user experience looks like, beginning with their latest phablet for North America – HERO 2+,” said Vikram Natarajan, Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships and Distribution for Cyanogen. “Our partnership is reflective of our deep commitment to driving innovation and meaningful differentiation for users; with enhanced privacy and security features.”
Cyanogen OS 11 delivers a fast operating system with advanced features, allowing users to customize their UI through the powerful Themes app, including wallpapers, fonts, icons, settings, and boot animations. The camera comes with multiple filters and features for ease of taking selfies, pictures and videos. Cyanogen’s Privacy Guard gives users granular control of personal data, and there is a host of security features – data encryption, find and wipe device, pin scramble password protection, and protected apps features.
The launch of the HERO 2+ is the first device brought to North America as part of the strategic partnership between ALCATEL ONETOUCH and Cyanogen, with plans to bring more devices to market in 2015 and beyond.