UPDATE: Flash Plus 2 on preorder at Lazada from 3pm today

A phone that might give the Redmi Note 3 serious competition

Launched today, the Flash Plus 2 from the Flash spinoff brand from Alcatel is a 5.5in phablet that boasts decent specs for a decent price, making it competition for the Redmi Note 3.

It runs on the MediaTek Helio P10 processor and a Mali T860 GPU. The phone comes in two versions, one with 2GB RAM/16GB storage and the other with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The phone supports dual SIM and 4G LTE, with a dual-SIM three slot solution that allows you to have two SIMS and a microSD card at the same time.

The device's display is Full HD with a 400ppi pixel density, tweaked for better performance in low-light conditions. As for the battery, it's rated at 3,000mAh and Flash claims that its quick charging can get the phone to last 10 hours on a 3 hour charge. Camera-wise, it relies on a 13MP/f2.0 shooter in the rear and 5MP wide angle front cam with LED flash in front.

The Flash Plus 2 is priced at US$160 (RM644) for the 2GB version and US$190 (RM765) for the 3GB version. It will be sold in only five countries to start with, namely Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia. Malaysia's official launch date will be this coming 24 May, so stay tuned for an update on its local pricing. 

UPDATE: The preorder will start from 3pm today but only for the 16GB, 2GB RAM version while the 3GB version will be available in June for RM729. Head to Lazada to preorder. As for non-preorder sales, they will start 31 May in limited quantities.