By the looks of the price affixed onto the Pantech Discover, AT&T has added yet another budget handset from the company. And since bad habits die hard, the carrier has introduced its DriveMode application which comes preloaded onto the phone, with aims to prevent texting while driving.
The Discover will take its place alongside a host of other Android powered smartphones such as the Burst, Pocket and Flex as well as the Element tablet, from the manufacturer that are already available through the network provider. The main selling points of the device are not only its alluring specifications, but also the retail tag at which it is being offered. The company states that it can do almost everything a high-end smartphone can for a lesser cost.
For starters, the phone is dressed with a slim form factor that measures 5.3 x 2.7 x 0.36 inches and a lightweight profile of 134 grams. The front panel is fitted with a 720p HD display that measures 4.8-inches wide, giving the Samsung Galaxy S3 a run for its money. Both devices carry a similar SOC in the US which is a Snapdragon S4 with dual 1.5GHz cores, while the integrated storage is pegged the same as well, at 16GB. The user-accessible memory here amounts to approximately 13GB and its can be expanded through means of a microSD card up to 32GB.
Where entertainment is concerned, the company has included a 12.6MP camera with 4X zoom, which is capable of recording videos in 1080p full HD at 30fps. Additionally, it houses dual 3D surround sound speakers and comes with support for the MOG Music service. The 4G LTE handset allows users to access voice and data simultaneously.
The Pantech Discover is due to launch in the US starting today. The device will be available through all AT&T channels and it will be purchasable for a budget-friendly cost of $49.99 with a 2-year service agreement.
Here’s a quick overview of the smartphone’s specifications:
– Platform: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
– Display: 4.8-inch TFT 1280 x 720p capacitive touchscreen
– Processor: Dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 SOC
– Memory: 16GB internal storage, 32GB expandable; 1GB RAM
– Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, mobile hotspot, 3G, 4G HSPA+, 4G LTE, NFC
– Dimensions: 5.3” x 2.7” x 0.36”
– Weight: 4.76 ounces
– Battery: 2,100mAh Li-ion
– Talktime: Maximum 12 hours
– Standby: Up to 430 hours