Alcatel brought out a new Android tablet at IFA, the Alcatel Hero 8. With an 8″ WUXGA (1920 x 1200px) screen it will compete with the likes of the Lenovo Tab S8. The tablet has an aluminum body that’s just 7.3mm thick though (vs. the 7.9mm plastic body of the Lenovo).
The Alcatel Hero 8 is LTE-enabled and supports voice calls. You may want to use the new Sidekick 2, a phone-shaped Bluetooth headset.
The tablet is powered by a MediaTek MT8392+ chipset with a 2GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with 16GB or 32GB storage (there’s a microSD card slot too).
The LTE is Cat. 4 for up to 150Mbps downlink speeds, there’s also Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, an IR blaster and optional NFC. The tablet has a built-in GPS receiver for positioning. The Wi-Fi is Miracast-certified and Alcatel has an HDMI dongle so you can mirror the screen on a TV. For the IR blaster there’s a dedicated TV Mate app.
Additional accessories can be used thanks to the pogo pins. One such accessory is the MagicFlip LED that has a built-in notification light.
The Alcatel Hero 8 has a 5MP camera adorns the back, the front has a 2MP snapper. Inside is a 4,060mAh battery. The tablet will launch this month but we don’t know the price yet.