Alcatel Pop Mega phablet bundled with the compact Buddy mobile
Although phablets are great for watching videos and browsing, it is a known fact that it can be hard to use with one hand and it sometimes seems odd to take calls with such a big screen on your ear. Acatel thinks it’s onto a winner here with a solution to make phablets more appealing to the masses, by pairing its latest 6-inch Android phablet, the Pop Mega, with a secondary smaller sidekick, according to The Verge.
The two-for-one combo offer will see the large phone bundled with a mini feature phone known as the Buddy, which connects to the Pop Mega via Bluetooth. The smaller phone, which can be slipped into a pocket easily, will bring user notifications, the ability to make and answer calls and receive messages without having to mess around with the Pop Mega. The Buddy can also view call history stored on the phablet, access contacts, and control music.
Of course, by using the feature phone for calls and messages, the battery of the Pop Mega can be saved and used for media and entertainment purposes. HTC has bought out something similar in the past, but the Mini Bluetooth accessory was more expensive and sold separately.
The two device bundle will cost less than $250, but the Pop Mega will only ship with a perhaps disappointing 960×540 display for such a large handset. However, it will come with LTE connectivity, adding a connectivity bonus to its budget price. The handset will be available in the US via Tracfone’s prepaid Straight Take brand next month. Alcatel is releasing other Pop phones like the $150 4-inch Pop Star and the 5-inch Pop Icon designed for first-time smartphone buyers.