Cyanogen has a history of teaming up with underdog smartphone manufacturers, it seems (at least from our view from the United States). After all, it is the company that was the launch partner for the OnePlus One’s software, and now Cyanogen is teaming up with Alcatel Onetouch for a new device here. The Alcatel Onetouch Hero 2+ is a phablet featuring Cyanogen’s custom OS, and it’s coming to the States as well to try to make a dent in the market.

The Hero 2+ is basically just a rehashed Hero 2, except with the obvious inclusion of Cyanogen OS in the new model. So as a recap, this means there’s a 6-inch 1080p display, a 2GHz MediaTek octa-core processor, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facer, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of micro-SD expandable storage. It comes with CyanogenMod 11 atop Android 4.4.4 KitKat, hopefully with an upgrade to Lollipop in the cards for very soon.

Perhaps the best thing about the Hero 2+ is the pricing and availability. For just $299, you can buy the Hero 2+ unlocked from Alcatel Onetouch’s Amazon-powered online portal, and it’ll even support LTE. Sales of the phone will kick off sometime in Q2 – we can’t wait for them to begin so we can get our hands on the device.

Source: Alcatel Onetouch

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