Hero uses phone to power full-size keyboard and screen

Alcatel reveals ‘cheaper than Chromebook’ smartbook

Alcatel has revealed the prototype of the Hero – a budget laptop powered by a smartphone.

Referred to as a ‘smartbook’, the Hero comes in two parts – a laptop-like keyboard and display and a six-inch phablet.

The Hero phablet, powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6589 processor, provides the processing power to the Hero smartbook.

The phone is connected by touching it on the notebook’s keyboard, which pairs the two. The processing power and data of the phone is then transferred to the keyboard and display – video over Wi-Fi and keyboard/trackpad input over Bluetooth.

The Hero phablet is available to purchase now, while the Hero smartbook is currently a concept in development at the firm – but is expected to be much cheaper than a Google Chromebook once released, the firm added.

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