Alcatel OneTouch announces the Hero 8 tablet

Alcatel OneTouch has announced two new additions to its Hero range - a compact 8-inch tablet and a massive 6-inch smartphone. Both run Android KitKat and both pack unique DJ apps to make music playback more fun than ever.

The tablet is called, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Hero 8. It has a Full-HD 1920 x 1200 resolution display and is powered by an octa-core processor comprising two quad-core 2GHz chips; this is one of the first tablets to market with such a power plant.

At just 7.3mm thick, the Hero 8 is one of the slimmest tablets on the market - the iPad mini is 7.2mm - and it’s also nice and light, tipping the scales at 310g, two less than the Apple alternative. The rear panel is aluminium with a matt black finish; during our brief hands-on time with the Hero 8 we found it to be very comfortable to use.

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There’s a 4G connection as standard and the Hero 8 even supports phone calls - so yes, you could use this tablet as your phone if you so wish; Alcatel OneTouch also includes an app to control your television through the Hero 8’s infrared blaster.

The Hero 8’s most interesting feature is an app called Cross DJ which lets you import music from either SoundCloud or the tablets’ own storage, cue them up and mix tracks to give them a unique sound. You can adjust speed and cross-fade the two tracks, while the interface looks like a conventional set of DJ decks - just swipe at the records to change their speed.

Unfortunately that 8-core processor and 2GB of RAM didn’t quite live up to our blistering fast expectations - we suspect there are a couple of bugs to iron out of Alcatel OneTouch's custom user interface, and we imagine once it goes on sale the Hero 8 will be as snappy as its spec sheet claims it should be.

There are three storage options - eight, 16 and 32GB - and the cameras are 5-megapixel on the rear and 2mp on the front. All par for the course for a tablet we suspect will be priced to rival the Google Nexus 7 at around £200. That being said, Alcatel OneTouch is yet to announce a price and exact release date for the Hero 8.

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