Alcatel Onetouch Hero 8 rolls out as mid-sized tablet

A little earlier today we brought you news of the first Alcatel Onetouch smartphone to debut at IFA 2014 this year, the six-inch Hero 2. While it didn’t look like much of a show-stopper, it managed to combine a metal build with a big screen and decent battery, not to mention the inclusion of a stylus – even if it was capacitive. Now we’ve got one more model from the manufacturer to share with you, as it announces the Hero 8 tablet.

The Hero 8 has (surprise, surprise) an eight-inch screen, and thankfully it’s a 1900 x 1200 panel. The tablet’s powered by an octa-core MediaTek MTK8392 SoC, gets 2GB of RAM, a 4060mAh battery, and will be available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB configurations. There’s a 5MP main camera with 2MP front-facer, infrared support for controlling your TV, and LTE connectivity.

At 7.3mm thick and weighing 310 grams, Alcatel Onetouch calls the Hero 8 “one of the slimmest and lightest tablets on the market,” and while we’ll admit that those measurements definitely don’t place this guy on the roster for fat camp, it’s difficult to take those words too seriously in the light of the just-launched, also-eight-inch Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, which is both 12 percent thinner and 13 percent lighter than the Hero 8.

Then again, we’re also guessing the Hero 8 ends up being a hell of a lot less expensive than the Z3TC, so it’s not exactly an even playing field. We’ll find out just how affordable it ends up being shortly, as sales begin later this month.

Source: Alcatel Onetouch

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