You can hardly fail to be impressed at what AT&T is offering with the Pantech Discover. This is a 4G LTE smartphone running Android 4 ICS with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 4.8-inch 720p TFT display, and a 12.6MP rear-facing camera, all for $50 on a two-year contract.
It also has a 2MP front-facing camera, support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, DLNA, and Wi-Fi. It has 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. It also has a hefty 2,100 mAh battery. All in all it’s a neat package.
The Pantech Discover will also be the first smartphone to feature AT&T’s DriveMode app which can auto-reply to texts, emails and calls when you are busy driving. Nothing revolutionary, but it could prove handy and anything that discourages people from texting while driving has to be a good thing.
Pantech isn’t exactly a sexy name in the world of Android smartphones, but the specs and that low price tag are definitely enough to merit giving it a look. We’ll bring you the lowdown on its real world performance just as soon as we can get a hands-on. If you want a hands-on yourself it’s available from Friday, January 11th.
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I like it…
Has no camera flash and comes with ICS?
What the hell are they thinking?!
The best thing I like about this phone is the speakers on the side instead of on the back.
My moto came with a smart app that does the texting thing. I can’t imagine a AT&T bloated version would be much better.
I do like the look of the phones body though, finally some sort of hand ergonomics. Perhaps manufacturers are finally realizing we don’t want to be holding plastic square blocks to our heads. Speakers on the side are different, however I can’t find a pic of the other side or the back so if there’s 2 for stereo then awesome, if not then it’s slightly better… it wont get muffled when it’s laid down now.
Oh and no flash on the camera?? Well I imagine they will be getting quite a few returns when people figure that out.