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Pantech Discover hands-on

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Pantech Discover hands-on
Always known to be constantly in the loop when it comes to entry-level smartphones, while always proving to offer affordably priced stuff, Pantech is at it again here at CES 2013. Very recently, we were intrigued by their most premium device to date, the Pantech Flex, but with their latest offering, they decided to movie things up just a bit.

Checking out the recently announced Pantech Discover, which is set to arrive on AT&T bound in a few days, it’s quite evident that they intend to also have a monster sized device to tangle with some of the 4.5-inch and up devices out there. From a first time glance, the Pantech Discover stands out for its large 4.8” 720p display. Indeed spacious in size, Pantech decided to employ an LCD display on its device this time around, as opposed to a flashier looking AMOLED panel. Yes, it’s detailed and whatnot, but it doesn’t have that sense of vibrancy with its overall looks.

In the design side, we’re neither impressed or dismayed by it, but rather, it lacks that same level of appeal that we saw with the Pantech Flex from not too long ago. Quite a handful to grasp no doubt, the rubbery back casing definitely helps to keep it graspable in the hand – albeit, it’ll still be a challenge for those to operarte with smaller hands. Once we’re able to get over its modest design, we’re once again greeted to Pantech’s custom UI running on top of yes, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich! Needless to say, it doesn’t help either when its presentation is still on the cartoony side of things.

Before we pass judgment on this one, which surprisingly doesn’t captivate us on the same level like the Pantech Flex, it’s boasting a very easy to swallow price point of only $49.99. Throw in the fact that it’s featuring a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2,100 mAh battery, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facer, dual speakers, microSD slot, and 16GB of internal memory, some might find it fanciful enough to pick up.

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posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:15 7

1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

It looks to be a decent phone...

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:15 5

2. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Dual core S4 with a 720p display is entry level? I don't think so. That's usually Pantechs market but I think this is at least a mid-range device. I'm also very impressed with the design. Very different from just a slab phone. Good luck Pantech.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:30 2

3. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Dual speakers? That is not an ordinary thing for a smartphone, i wonder how the sound will be.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:49 1

4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Some other website(I think AndroidCentral) has a video where they played a ringtone or something and it was super loud. The camera guy was impressed at least.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:07

5. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Nokia has made several smartphones with dual speakers in the past for their flagship phones. My Nokia N82 (2007) and N900 had dual speakers. There were other Nokia smartphones that had dual speakers a well. Sadly, just like GPUs at the time, Nokia stopped using dual speakers.

It is good to see another device with them.

I see S4 Pro listed but everywhere I see, site list it as dual core. Is there a Pro dual core and if so, what is te difference?

To my knowledge, Pro was the Quad Core with the Adreno 320 GPU.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 13:59

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

It's actually the S4 plus. It's listed as an MSM8960 not an 8960T so it's just an S4 plus. Still the same processor in the S3, Razr Maxx HD, adn the HTC One X.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 22:09

7. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

Its look like a fake smartphone lol

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