Pantech Star Q Sounds Like A Surprisingly Decent Messaging Android


Pantech’s role as a smartphone manufacturer is a bit unusual. It doesn’t have quite the low-end stigma of manufacturers like Huawei or ZTE (not that those two haven’t made some pretty nice handsets, as well), but it’s certainly not bringing any of its high-end devices to the US, either. The company’s latest Android to come to our attention is a QWERTY slider for Verizon, and it appears to fit with the growing trend of mid-range handsets to offer some high-end chips that almost feel out of their league.

The Pantech Star Q 4G LTE is supposedly on its way to Verizon, already showing up for some benchmarks and in the leaked press shots above. Like some of the mid-range Samsung Androids we’ve also been hearing about for the carrier, the Star Q runs a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4; that’s quickly becoming one ubiquitous chip, and we’re glad it is, as it’s quite the capable performer. While some of the Star Q’s other specs are a bit less impressive, there’s no doubt that it should have all the processing power it needs.

Those specs include a four-inch WVGA display, a three-megapixel main camera, as well as a front-facer. The smaller screen keeps the phone compact, and while a qHD component would offer more fidelity, we’re not sure it would be worth jacking-up the price for. The choice to go with a low-res camera also suggests hardware decisions made with budgetary concerns in mind, leaving us curious just how much the Star Q will run when it finally launches. Somewhere around $100 on-contract has been suggested as a possibility, but we’ve got the feeling Verizon could end up pricing this handset quite a bit lower.

Source: Android and Me
Via: Engadget

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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