Posts tagged with: Pantech
  • by | January 13, 2013 5:10 AM

    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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  • by | January 9, 2013 6:45 PM

    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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  • by | January 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    CES is the time of year when we're used to hearing official announcements, and seeing devices confirmed, not hearing new rumors or getting to check out unofficially-leaked info. Nevertheless, tonight we've got a newly-leaked press render from Pantech to show you, featuring what looks like the company's second 720p Android to come to the US. Sure, 1080p is all the rage now, but that just means that Pantech is able to put together some 720p devices with lower price points. We saw AT&T announce the 720p Pantech Discover earlier this week, and now this new leak reveals a similar smartphone ...

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  • by | January 7, 2013 11:40 AM

    AT&T and Pantech today announced the Pantech Discover Android smartphone; it will become available starting January 11, 2013, for $49.99 with a two-year contract. Those following the news might recognize this phone; it was earlier referred to as the Magnus/Batsu with the occasion of its press render leak. The device runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 4.8-inch TFT display with 720p resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal memory (expandable via microSD up to 32GB), 12.6-megapixel main camera, two-megapixel webcam, 4G LTE capability, NFC, WiFi ...

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  • by | December 15, 2012 3:53 AM

    Verizon has posted a special section online dedicated for its Holiday deals. You can choose from three Motorola, an HTC, an LG and a Pantech phone, all at reduced prices; additionally, if you buy a Motorola DROID RAZR you get a Cranberry Motorola DROID RAZR for FREE, given that you sign a two-year contract per phone. The prices, as seen above, are below; all are 4G LTE phones: - HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE: $99.99 $49.99 - Motorola Droid RAZR M: $99.99 $49.99 - Motorola Droid RAZR HD: $199.99 $149.99 - Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD: $299.99 $249.99 - LG Lucid: $19.99 Free - Pantech ...

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  • by | December 10, 2012 12:34 PM

    Late last week we told you how ZTE was looking to get in on the 1080p smartphone party, joining the ranks of HTC, as well as Sony, Samsung, LG, and all the other OEMs rumored to be working on 1080p handsets of their own. ZTE might not be the only not-quite-mainstream Android company developing a 1080p phone, with evidence of a new Pantech 1080p device also surfacing. The Pantech Vega IM-A860 recently made an appearance in the GLBenchmark database. While the Pantech name itself is absent, the presence of Vega certainly suggests the manufacturer, and the model number can be tied to Pantech ...

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  • by | November 14, 2012 7:37 AM

    The Pantech Magnus has been no stranger since the end of August but aside from AT&T as the carrier and little information about specs (including an eight-megapixel camera and at that time, Android 4.0 ICS) there was nothing further. The Pantech P9090 has also been rumored to be part of the AT&T line-up for Q4 as the Batsu. Even now, all we have is the above press render to go by. If the camera has been kept at the same eight-megapixel size is unknown; taking a look at the phone we're seeing on-screen buttons and a rather large screen (we wouldn't dare estimate its dimensions in ...

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  • by | July 27, 2012 4:53 PM

    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 ...

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  • by | July 2, 2012 6:54 PM

    Samsung's success with the Galaxy note continues to reverberate throughout the smartphone ecosystem, and we're seeing more and more phones with plus-sized displays that reach for the five-inch mark. The latest to come to our attention is Pantech's Vega S5, which features what the manufacturer calls the thinnest bezel on any phone in its size class. The Vega S5's five-inch screen is an IPS LCD component, and features a respectable 720p resolution. The ICS handset runs a Snapdragon S4 chip and is powered by a 2100mAh battery. On the rear, we've got a thirteen-megapixel main camera with LED ...

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  • by | May 15, 2012 8:19 PM

    Back in March, an unknown Pantech Android showed-up in some benchmark data. The phone appeared to run a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 and showed signs it would arrive one day for service on AT&T. Today that same model P8010 makes its return, upon the FCC publication of the phone's certification paperwork. Sure enough, the P8010 is packing all the bands it will need for operation on AT&T. Interestingly, besides the standard LTE bands we've seen the carrier use so far on phones such as Pantech's own Burst, this time there's additional support for LTE on the 850 and 1900MHz bands the carrier ...

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  • by | April 5, 2012 12:01 PM

    Pantech continues to struggle to make a name for itself on the global scene as a smartphone manufacturer, despite releasing several models that, on paper at least, sound like some pretty high-end smartphones. The latest to be revealed is the follow-up to the Vega Racer we first heard about in May of last year, the Snapdragon S4-powered Vega Racer 2. Besides a powerhouse of a processor, the Vega Racer 2 will feature a quite large 4.8-inch 720p LCD, and like the Vega LTE we heard about last fall, the Racer 2 will include an LTE radio. Other modern touches include a ceramic body, providing ...

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  • by | March 23, 2012 1:10 AM

    A few hours ago, we learned form HTC that users on AT&T were about to get Ice Cream Sandwich on their Vivid smartphones. Since then, AT&T has released its own statement, confirming today's availability of ICS for the Vivid, and giving us an official list of the phones it plans to see upgraded to Android 4.0. Much like the list released by Verizon at the beginning of the month, we've already heard a lot of this from manufacturers, but it's reassuring to see things backed-up by carriers, as we all know how much influence they have over whether or not our phones get updates. In addition to ...

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  • by | March 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Before it was purchased by Sprint, I used to work for an American wireless carrier called Nextel. It differentiated itself from other carriers in several ways, one of them being its stable of durable hardware. Almost every handset was big, bulky, and nigh-indestructible. My favorite phones to sell were those that met the requirements of U.S. MIL-STD 810. Though the standard is somewhat more flexible than is generally admitted, devices certified 810-compliant are broadly said to be capable of withstanding exposure to dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, high altitude environments, ...

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  • by | March 13, 2012 1:05 PM

    Carriers in the US offer a few different options from Pantech, but even with what should be some attractive models, like the Burst as one of the few phones available for AT&T's new LTE service, it's yet to impress with a really stand-out phone. That's not to say we haven't heard of Pantech working on such things (like the Vega LTE, above), but that they rarely make it over to this side of the Pacific. We're optimistic that we might just get a chance to see the latest Pantech to be discovered, the Snapdragon S4-based IM-A830S . The IM-A830S shows up this week in some benchmark results, ...

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  • by | February 17, 2012 8:28 PM

    Over the years Pantech has come out with some innovative cellphone designs, but has failed to impress consumers. Recently though, the Pantech Burst debuted on AT&T with some cutting edge features that surprised the smartphone industry because they aren't things you'll find on a budget device. To get your hands on a snappy processor, a Super AMOLED display, and the capability to access 4G LTE for AT&T, you'd usually have to pitch for a high-end smartphone, but the Burst came to change that. Read on to find out if the Burst is able to redeem the Pantech brand and if it will be your next ...

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