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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
In this video we demonstrate the software of the Pantech Burst, which ships, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a few enhanced interfaces by Pantech. Many of the apps that come preloaded on the Burst are trials or lite versions, but Pantech has added quite a few useful utilities.
AT&T has also added their own apps in the mix, but thankfully many of the their apps can be removed by uninstalling. This open approach will probably appeal to more of our power users or anyone that finds proprietary software obnoxious.
Stay tuned for a final review coming up next. [...]
In this video we demonstrate the hardware of the new AT&T Pantech Burst. Over the years Pantech has not impressed much in terms of hardware but the Pantech Burst has some great specification especially for the budget price tag.
The Pantech Burst similar features to high-end Android and is capable of outperforming some of them. The screen of the Burst is a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display (800 x 480) behind a glass capacitive multi-touch digitizer. The dimensions of the Burst are 65.2 x 126.5 x 11.4 mm and weigh 122 grams with the battery included. The internal memory is 16GB [...]
We’ve been keeping our eye on the Pantech Breakout for a little while now, expecting it to launch as the first budget-priced Android using Verizon’s high-speed LTE 4G network. Last week we heard that the phone would likely be released this week, on Thursday, September 22. With just a few days to spare, Verizon has finally announced the Breakout, confirming the September 22 launch rumor, and giving the phone a $100 on-contract price tag.
You may not be swayed by the Pantech brand name alone, but look past that to the Breakout’s hardware, and you’ll find [...]
AT&T’s Jeff Bradley, Senior Vice President of Mobile Devices, talked about the carrier’s plans for smartphones earlier today, mentioning several upcoming releases we’ve already heard about, like the HP Veer next week and the Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7S. Bradley also re-confirmed AT&T’s commitment to allowing non-Android-Market app installs, like we’ve seen with the Infuse 4G. One tidbit that’s new to us, though, is his revelation that AT&T will have a new Pantech-made Android arriving next month.
Details are very sparse at this [...]
In this video we unbox the new Pantech Burst for AT&T. The Gingerbread powered Android is capable of accessing the 4G LTE data speeds in limited markets around the country. In the past Pantech has not wowed many smartphone enthusists with their mediocre designs and build quality, but the new Burst might make a few heads turn.
Included in the box are the basic essentials to get up and running such as; the Burst itself, a USB wall charger, a micro USB charging/sync cable, the battery cover (which comes in two colors), a micro SIM card, and the 1650mAh Li-ion battery. [...]
Earlier this month we got a look at the Pantech Breakout, setting itself up for a home on Verizon LTE. Now a new leak gives us some details about its planned release, which is looking like it could happen on September 22.
This notice for retailers informs them that the Breakout will launch in all channels on the twenty-second. It also gives us a spec breakdown on the phone, but there’s nothing really new there; we had heard about most of the important ones before, and this information simply confirms them. That means the phone will have a 1GHz single-core processor, [...]
South Korean smartphone manufacturer Pantech has just released a new device called Pantech Sky Vega Xpress which is advertised to feature Vega X DDR2 RAM memory chips that should be 1.5 times faster than other alternatives on the market, aiming towards PC-like speeds.
The handset with model numbers IM-A710K / IM-A720L is running Google Android 2.2 Froyo mobile operating system and sports a second generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1GHz (MSM8255) just like the one to be found on the T-Mobile myTouch 4G. There’s also a 4-inch TFT WVGA screen, DDR2 RAM [...]
This past Monday, AT&T spilled the beans on the upcoming availability for a trio of Androids, revealing that the Pantech Pocket, Samsung Doubletime, and Samsung Captivate Glide would arrive for sale on November 20. What it didn’t share at the time was what we’d have to pay for any of those handsets. With that date nearly upon us, the carrier has finally revealed some prices for the phones.
It should be no surprise that the Captivate Glide is the highest-priced of the group. After all, it’s the only one of these three with a dual-core processor and luxuries [...]
Earlier this month, we heard that Pantech would be releasing its first Android phone in the States on AT&T in June, an unnamed ruggedized QWERTY slider. Just this week, we looked at a roadmap for upcoming AT&T smartphones, including the Pantech Bannik P8000. This same model, minus the codename, earlier appeared at the FCC in late 2010. Now all these pieces are finally coming together, with AT&T announcing the phone as the Pantech Crossover.
While the press release doesn’t mention the model number, enough of the Crossover’s specs match up with what we [...]
At first glance, Pantech’s Vega LTE appears nearly identical to its Vega Racer, a phone we looked at back in May. They’re actually not that far off from each other, but there are a few key changes that make the Vega LTE a bit more exciting.
While the Racer has a 4.3-inch WVGA display, the Vega LTE raises the bar, moving up to a 4.5-inch screen and bumping the resolution all the way up to a slightly-better-than-720p 1280×800. We know this kind of display is quickly looking like it’s about to become positively common, but we’re still impressed [...]
Pantech isn’t known as a huge player in the smartphone world, at least not in the West. The company’s first Android destined for the US was released earlier this year, the Pantech Crossover, a QWERTY slider on AT&T. Rather than continue to crank out low-end models in the States like the Crossover with its 600MHz processor (we know it can do better; we’ve seen much more powerful Pantechs arrive in Asia), it now looks like Pantech might be ready to step up its game, with the publication of FCC documentation revealing a Pantech destined for Verizon LTE, apparently [...]
This fall, we saw AT&T’s LTE network start with a bang, offering subscribers not one, but two LTE-equipped Androids to choose from in early November. Since then, we’ve heard a lot about additional smartphones planned for the growing 4G network. Today, AT&T really let the floodgates open, revealing, among other new products, half-a-dozen LTE-enabled Androids.
Some of these Androids on their way to AT&T are models we’ve had our eye on for some time. Take, for instance, the over-sized Samsung Galaxy Note, which we’ve spotted already with its [...]
Midway through October, AT&T announced plans to bring five new Android smartphones to its network. While we knew what models would be coming, and had access to hardware specs on the lot, we lacked a more complete picture of how AT&T planned to introduce them. The carrier has today turned to Twitter to update us all on the release schedule for three of those handsets, announcing availability beginning November 20.
So, what’s on the menu? The three handsets set to debut with AT&T on November 20 are the dual-screen Samsung Doubletime, the QWERTY slider Samsung [...]
Pantech hasn’t had much to say about smartphones in the US lately; after a lull, the company should be re-emerging on the scene next month, thanks to the planned release of a ruggedized QWERTY slider on AT&T. Just because we don’t get to see them in the west doesn’t mean that the company hasn’t been busy with plenty of other smartphones, destined for release in Asian markets. The latest of these we’ve heard about looks like it could be a real powerhouse: an Android called the Vega Racer powered by a Qualcomm MSM8660 dual-core 1.5GHz [...]