Smartphones; smartphones everywhere! And that factor looks set to remain unchanged with more and more new handsets gracing the Indian handset market. In fact, the surge is so great that you are usually left confused when you are out in the open for a new handset.
Sure, we already have a host of big names in the market like Samsung, Sony and Apple who have made their marks. But then again, the market is filled with some upcoming new and exciting names that spell challenge in the long run. And one name that's set to stay around for a long time is Alcatel.
Alcatel, a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent of France and TCL Communication of China, recently launched an array of smartphones in India. And by the looks of things, the company is looking to make a quick yet effective impact on the market.
Out of all the devices revealed, the most impressive device in the entire lot remains to be the One Touch Hero, which was unveiled at IFA 2013 tech show. Apart from that the company also launched other devices in its popular One Touch Idol series.
Alcatel is yet to gain the similar kind of preference names like Micromax have already got in the country, barring the bigger ones. But if the new One Touch Hero is something to go by, then the future could be much brighter than expected.
GizBot recently had the opportunity to be present at the launch event, where we spent quite some time with the handset to come back with a first look for the same. So let's take a look at a detailed first look and hands on for the new device.
Alcatel One Touch Hero First Look and Hands On: Form Factor and Operating System
To begin with, the new Alcatel One Touch Hero is a big device. And when we say big, we don't mean phablet-big. But big with respect to the smartphone genre. But its bigness also compliments the fact that the device has quite the premium feel to it.
The handset, what we understood from the time we spent with it, is quite the sleek offering. Sure it isn't anything if you compare to the previously release Gionee Elife S5.5, but still the slimness factor of the handset is something to consider.
The handset's display is 6-inch big and comes with full HD resolution display. That means more treat for the eyes as well as the senses. In fact, if we dare, the handset has somewhat the looks of a Nexus 5. And with its matter rear finish, the experience expected is more or less same.
The One Touch Hero, otherwise, looks quite the normal offering. The handset has its receiver mic next to the front facing camera. While at the back you will find the matter finish back cover with the Alcatel One Touch logo just beneath the camera and flash offering.
Apart from that, the phone has an overall sturdy build, and the matte back panel doesn't ever tend to fall off from your hands. Its stylus offering is also something you don't see in phones these days, but Alcatel thought otherwise. Also, the device has all its regular button offerings similar to what you see in similar handsets all around you.
In the OS section, we are actually dissapointed in seeing that the handset runs on the date Android Jelly Bean operating system. And although the company says that it isn;t about the hardware or the software, but the expereince, but a device of this calibre is usually expected to run the latest OS in the block.