The Hero 2 - announced alongside the Hero 8 tablet at IFA this week - has a huge 6-inch screen with a 1080 x 1920 resolution, runs Android 4.4 KitKat on a 2GHz octa-core processor, and it has a stylus.
But the most exciting feature of the Hero 2 is the Magic Flip DJ, a cover which snaps to the phone magnetically and, when folded open, provides a surface to control the phone’s Cross DJ track mixing app. The two turntables are shown on the phone, while extra controls light up on the inside of the cover, which sits below the screen when folded open.
It’s a really neat accessory and makes great use of the inside of the cover - an area not yet exploited by any other phone maker.
The Hero 2 is 4G and has an impressive pair of cameras - 13 megapixel on the rear and five on the front - while internal storage is 16GB, plus there's a microSD card slot to increase this by up to 32GB.
Slotting inside the handset for easy storage, the stylus looks and feels similar to that used by Samsung on the Galaxy Note range. It can be used to jot down notes, sketch, control the phone’s user interface, and there’s even handwriting recognition to turn your scribbles into typed text.
Sadly the Hero 2’s display doesn’t ignore inputs made with your hand when using the stylus, so you can’t lean on the screen while writing, as you can with the Note 4. The Alcatel also misses out on the 2,048 levels of pressure sensitive offered by the Samsung - but then again we expect the Hero to cost comfortably less when it goes on sale later in September.
Those looking for a 6-inch, Full-HD phone with a stylus on a budget will love the Hero 2 - and the DJ case only makes the deal that bit sweeter.