Pantech has unquestionably been raising its game as of late, launching quality budget handsets like the Burst and Discover on AT&T. Yet another new device has been leaked today, this time for Verizon. It seems as though Big Red is destined to receive the Pantech Perception at some point in the coming weeks, marking the first “real” budget handset from the Korean manufacturer to hit the nation’s largest carrier. Leaked specs for the device include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and a eye-soothing 1196 x 720 resolution display.
Source: Unwired View
The Pantech Perception has been pictured with Verizon branding indicating the device should hid Bid Red sometime this year. Coupled with an HD display along with 4G LTE it could be a great low to mid tier smartphone option for buyers. The device will don Qualcomm’s dual core S4 processor, the same in US’s Galaxy S III, thus it certainly won’t be a slouch.
Considering its AT&T counterpart in the Discovery is $50 subsidized, I would expect the price point on the Perception to be somewhere in that area as well.
While Pantech usually makes budget friendly Android devices, the Discover may actually steer away a little bit from that. The Pantech Discover will land on AT&T come January 11th for a low price of $50 on contract. While one may easily assume it’s a low-end device considering the price, the specs are actually quite good for the price:
- 4.8-inch 720p TFT display
- 12.6MP rear camera with 1080p video capture, HDR
- 2MP front-facing camera
- Dual 3D surround sound
- Android 4.0
- 16GB internal memory
- MicroSD external memory up to 32GB
- GSM / EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900; HSPA+ / UMTS 850/1900/2100; LTE 700/850/1900/AWS
- WiFi a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 4.76 ounces
- 134.2 x 68.6 x 9.1mm (5.3 x 2.7 x 0.36 inches)
Aesthetically, it looks great in my opinion. The curvature of the back side of the device looks great and comfortable to hold. If only we knew how much the off-contract price is. If even that is low, then maybe Pantech may really have something here as this device would certainly adhere to the off-contract buyers. Check out the full press release after the break!
It’s pretty obvious that handset makers think the bigger the phone, the better. We’ve seen phones slowly climb in screen size, up from 3.5 inches to 4 inches to 4.7 inches, and now even past 5 inches. These bigger screens are fantastic, but it’s easy to see how people who prefer smaller phones may feel a little left out. So the point of this guide is going to help you find the right size phone on your carrier without carrying around what you consider a small tablet. Read on to find our best pick after the break.
Are you on AT&T, but fancy owning a mid-level smartphone instead of say a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II? Well great you’re in luck as it appears Ma Bell has a modest Pantech device on the way called Magnus. Thanks to notorious leaker evleaks, we have a clear image of the device— also known as Batsu or model number P9090— operating on what looks to be a
needlessly customized version of at least Ice Cream Sandwich at the very least. In addition to the on-screen display with the trademark 3 soft keys, the device seems to have a small likeness to the Pantech Flex smartphone, though the display on the Magnus seems to be a smidge bigger and is highlighted by the usual AT&T tramp stamp. Additional details like the processor speed, RAM and storage size are not available at the moment, but now that the cat’s been let out the bag, we suspect we’ll get more details about this puppy sooner than later.
source: evleaks Twitter
This week we have seen numerous updates for a variety of devices. Just recently, we covered Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being available for both the Transformer Prime and Infinity, as well as soon to be available for the International HTC One X, One S, and One XL later this month. However those who are using Pantech devices, the Element and Burst models specifically, can now enjoy the tasty Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Even though it isn’t the latest and greatest software, it will still improve the performance of both devices. Here is what you get:
As we see existing quad-core devices featuring Exynos or Tegra 3 chips, it’s only natural that we start to see offerings featuring the new chips from Qualcomm. Well the newest superphone in all the land is now here: the Pantech Vega R3— a Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered beast. The device features an quad-core APQ8064 1.5GHz chip, 2GB of RAM, a whopping 13MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2,600mAh battery. While those features are nothing to sneeze at, the device also features a unique 5.3-inch display dubbed “Natural IPS Pro LCD”, which aims to make that 1280 x 720 resolution really pop compared to the competition. Oh and the device will come with Android 4.0 loaded up— with a Jelly Bean upgrade due not too long after the device’s initial release.
The device has just been announced, but there’s no word of availability just yet— though there’s the expectation the device will be sold starting tomorrow in Korea. Fingers crossed other markets— specifically those of us here Stateside will have the opportunity to see the device someday.
source: Android Authority
AT&T has announced their new entry-level Android handset, the Pantech Flex. As the name suggests, the device is “flex-ible” to the users needs. While the device offers Android’s 4.0 ICS interface, users do have a choice to select “Easy Experience” mode if ICS is too difficult to use. Does this feature seem familiar to you? If you can recollect, Samsung has a similar device in Verizon’s Galaxy Stellar in which the user can choose between “Starter Mode” and “Standard Mode” depending on what they want. Seems like both carriers are attempting to cater to the “less technologically advanced” consumer.
As for the specs, the Flex offers a 4.3 inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and more. AT&T will offer the device for $49.99 starting September 16th. You can watch the introductory video of the device below.
Full press release after the break.
Pantech is no stranger when it comes to one-upping Samsung— and so it comes that a Galaxy S III challenger makes its way to news. Pantech has announced its Vega S5 flagship smartphone. This LTE-enabled device features a 5-inch screen, Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processor, 1280 x 720 display, a whopping 13MP camera and ICS. Oh and in case you think the 5-inch display is massive, keep in mind that Pantech highlights the Vega S5 will feature a “zero bezel” technology which aims to make the device narrower than the Galaxy S III, while still maintaining a fairly thin profile.
While the device looks to talk the talk and walk the walk, there are two items going against it at this time. First, the premium features of the device will also come with a premium price: it’s set to cost 900K Won (approximately $800 dollars). The second thing to note is the fact it will only be available in Korean markets— specifically on SK Telecom’s network. Those of us outside of Korea will have to be green with envy in the meantime or hope that Pantech will eventually come to its senses and release the Vega S5 or something similar in the near-future. If you’re reading this Pantech, believe us— there are lots of folks interested in this type of device.
source: Unwired View
Again folks, if you haven’t been paying attention to Pantech before, you may want to start paying attention now. They’re currently developing the Vega Racer 2 smartphone which is slated to have some juicy features including the distinction of “world’s first smartphone with a ceramic body”. In addition, the phone will feature a snazzy 4.8-inch screen with 720P, Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip and a 4G LTE chip. In case you were wondering folks, yes— this device is awfully similar to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, except the Galaxy S III will feature an AMOLED screen along with the expected quad-core Exynos processor.
The phone is expected to be released in South Korea only, so that means we won’t likely see the device out here in the States sadly. Here’s hoping Pantech brings a variation of that device out to the U.S. eventually.