Alcatel Unveils 6-Inch One Touch Hero With 1080p Display, E Ink Cover For Reading

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Alcatel has today announced the One Touch Hero, a 6-inch phablet with some really nifty features. It has a 1080p display and other high-end internals, plus an intelligent stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note. But its special feature is its special covers, one of which features an E Ink display that will let you read books and more without using the phone’s power-sapping full HD display.

The One Touch Hero will go up against the Galaxy Note III, which will get its grand unveiling later today in Berlin, and it looks like it has all of the right internals to be a great competitor. In addition to a 6-inch 1080p display — which is a little larger than the 5.86-inch panel expected to feature on the Galaxy Note III — it also boasts a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and up to 16GB of internal storage.

It has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a large 3,400mAh battery that promises to “keep you going for longer.” The One Touch Hero will ship with Android 4.2 pre-installed, but it will almost certainly receive Android 4.3 — Google’s latest Android release — later on.

These are all things you’d expect from a high-end smartphone, but the One Touch Hero also boasts other features you won’t find anywhere else — such as a number of interesting accessories.

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By far the best is a cover with a built-in E Ink display that will let you read newspapers, magazines, and books. This comes with a number of advantages; not only does it mean that you don’t need to use the battery-draining 1080p display for reading, but it also means you can enjoy your books outdoors in bright sunlight.

There’s also another cover that has built-in LEDs that light up when you have incoming notifications, a Bluetooth phone accessory a lot like the HTC Mini+, a TV Link wireless video adapter, and a stand with a built-in pico projector.

The One Touch Hero will come with a “high end” price tag, according to Alcatel, and it will launch in October.

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