Pantech Discover comes to AT&T Friday to confirm that last year's top-shelf specs are this year's $50 Android

Intriguing design? Check. Nice specs? Check. Low price? Check. What else can an Android phone want from life, and the new Pantech Discover delivers it fully, at least on paper.

Coming to AT&T Friday, January 11, the Discover sports that curvy shape that is all the rage amongst industrial smartphone designers when they want to appear trendy, and talk about "ergonomic interaction" at announcements. It will also feature Pantech's Easy Experience mode for prioritizing your most used apps, and, for the first time, AT&T will preload it with its DriveMode service, which aims to prevent texting while driving by shooting out auto-reply messages.

The specs are nothing to sneeze at, too, with the Pantech Discover mirroring your world on a 4.8" HD screen, powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, and backed by a 2,100 mAh battery. The 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facer and dual speakers round up the goods, and we even get a microSD slot for storage expansion in addition to the 16 GB of internal memory, so all is well with the world.

The price? That will be $50 with contract for you, good sir, or, the way Pantech puts it - "high quality smartphones don't need to come with a high price tag" - and the cheapskate in us wholeheartedly agrees. The downside? It ships with Android 4.0 for now.

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  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 12.6 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(10h talk time)



1. GhettoSquid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

I think you guys blotched the date a bit...January 11th would be this coming Friday. If this device is cheap enough off-contract ($399 to $449), I'd love to get one as a backup handset.

2. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The side view looks great. Not a fan of either of those logos though. Would love to see some specs like dimensions and whether the screen is Amoled or LCD.

4. MeoCao unregistered

It's still much better than "to your face" bullsh*t logo of Verzon I guess.

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Logo on a home button, it's just sacrilege.

3. StalkinUrMom

Posts: 111; Member since: Apr 16, 2012

Never thought I'd say this; but that's a cool looking Pantech.

5. MeoCao unregistered

The only drawback is lack of JB, and upgrade will be frustrating process.

7. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

However with being as cheap off contract as it's estimated, there may be larger developer support than expected. I guess we'll see. I really like the design though(minus the logos) the software isn't my favorite.

8. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Wow Pantech is making better phones then Apple now also?? Crazy world we in.

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Everything is super...but wait, where's the flash?? Bad move!

10. GhettoSquid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Not listed in the specification sheet, but it's got an LED flash. The only knock against it so far is ICS, but IMO I can certainly live with that.

11. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Especially with dev support.

12. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Two big thumbs up for the design!

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