Pantech Marauder comes to Verizon with LTE, QWERTY and Dual-Interface
Why is that, you ask? It seems Pantech has crafted a new Dual-Interface option, which allows users to easily switch between two different UI experiences: Starter Mode and Standard Mode. Starter Mode will be a simplified UI, featuring 4 homescreen pages with preset widgets and an uncluttered, clean lockscreen. On the other hand, Standard Mode will offer a complete smartphone experience, with up to seven homescreen pages, which users will be able to customize as they see fit (like on every other Android phone).
But there's more! The Pantech Marauder will be equipped with an old-school, physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5MP camera with HD video recording and, wait for it, 4G LTE connectiviy! Oh, one more thing - the Marauder will also feature a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, so you can expect it to deliver a pretty decent smartphone experience.
The Pantech Marauder will be available starting August 2, at a price of $49.99 after you put your signature on a new two-year contract.
1. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
This seems like a pretty good bang for your buck. Especially if that's an S4 inside there.
2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3525; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
We're talking about a $50 phone from Pantech. I highly doubt there's an S4 in there.
3. MalakiMills (Posts: 256; Member since: 15 Jun 2010)
Hey you never know, it seems to be the chip of choice and it's being spread out among all tiers (low, mid, high range). And the rest of the specs would still keep it low on price to allow it sell for $50. A man can dream can't he.
5. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yeah. You can get the Droid 4 and the Samsung Stratosphere for about the same price... I don't see any reason to use this thing.
6. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
ICS is not a good enough reason? The internals in this will probably be better if not the same. I would not buy it, but if I could only choose between those three, I would have this one.
9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Yes, ICS is a good reason, but I really don't think it will be good at all with Pantech's two different modes in it. It is probably going to be too heavily modified and not going to be any better.
I highy doubt that the ACTUAL performance will be any better than the droid 4, although I do think it will be faster than the Stratosphere because it is an older phone.
7. Jyakotu (Posts: 832; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I guess it's a pretty okay budget smartphone. I know Pantech is capable of making some high end smartphones, so I don't understand why they have to be a "budget" brand in America. :\
8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10087; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The UI is worse than LG's. But I guess its decent if its for new smartphone owners....