By Stephen Schenck | December 9, 2010 8:07 PM
We haven’t heard much from Pantech lately, but now it looks like the company is preparing to launch what could be an Android smartphone, according to documents uncovered at the FCC and with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group.
The FCC has the lion’s share of the documentation currently available on the phone, which is identified by model number P8000. The handset will be a GSM/WCDMA device, with frequency allocation lining up with an AT&T release. We also get our first look at the phone courtesy of these FCC files, albeit only a rendering of the battery compartment. You can make out the phone’s camera, apparently without flash, and room for microSD expansion.
The other half of the puzzle, over at the Bluetooth SIG page publishing Pantech’s design submission, gives us our only clue that the P8000 is indeed more than a feature phone. Here the model is described as a “Pantech Android Smart Phone”. Granted, that’s not much to go on, but it puts the handset up on our radar. Recent Pantech Android phones have packed some decent hardware, with 1GHz Snapdragon chips, so we’re hoping the P8000 doesn’t disappoint.