Cyanogen, an Android Software Company, should be a familiar name to OnePlus One users and fans. They’ve helped with the success of the device. It seems that Cyanogen likes to work together with underdog smartphone manufacturers. Now, Cyanogen will team up with Alcatel’s Onetouch for a new 6-inch smartphone to be launched in the U.S. spring this year. They’ve announced this device during the MWC 2015 in Barcelona which started two days ago.
The device, of course is the OneTouch Hero 2+. Technically the device is not Hero 2’s successor. The ‘+’ sign shows that it has added something beyond what the name offers. The said addition is an experience of software, as Hero 2+ will be the third device that will use Cyanogen OS 11, alongside OnePlus One and Micromax Yureka.
Some say that it’s actually just a “slight refresh” of Hero 2. This is so as they both have the same 6-inch 1080p display, with 13MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. Even the RAM and expandable storage is the same. In addition to the OS, the only difference is the upgrade in the processor to 2GHz MT6592 MediaTek chip.
The device is said to be running on Android 4.4.4, but no words whether it will have upgrades to Android 5.0 Lollipop later. Users will still be able to access the optimization as well as customization options of Cyanogen OS 11.
The pricing and availability of this device may be one of the best options one can have. The device will be sold starting from US$299 (MYR1086), unlocked from Alcatel Onetouch’s Amazon-powered online portal. It will be able to support LTE as well. Look out for this device in the second quarter some time in spring!