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Pantech Element

Announced
Jan 9, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Jan 22, 2012

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out ()
  • Water-resistant phone

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (160 ppi)
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • The camera lacks autofocus

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Description

The Pantech Element is a waterproof Android 3.2 tablet that sports a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 4G LTE connectivity, 5-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel unit for video calls.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • Android (4.0, 3.2)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 8.36 x 6.12 x 0.42 inches (212 x 155 x 11 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 16.57 oz (470 g)
      the average is 14.3 oz (409 g)
  • Rugged:
      • Water resistant

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 8.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 160 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 60.04 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 2 megapixels

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 APQ8060
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1500 MHz, Scorpion
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 220
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 16 GB

Battery

  • Stand-by time:
    • 25.0 days (600 hours)
      the average is 40 days (948 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 6400 mAh
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • HTML, Flash
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 17), 1700/2100 (band 4) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • Yes
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 09 Jan 2012
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