Pantech Star Q for Verizon leaks: LTE, Snapdragon S4, and a slide-out QWERTY for under $100

Pantech Star Q for Verizon leaks: LTE, Snapdragon S4, and a slide-out QWERTY for under $100
Right when you thought that slide-out QWERTY keyboard smartphones were headed for extinction comes the Pantech Star Q, images and specs of which were just leaked on the web. The handset is headed for Verizon as a successor to the Pantech Breakout and will connect to the carrier's 4G LTE network.

On the bright side of things, it is great to know that the Pantech Star Q has a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor inside ticking at 1.5GHz, even though Qualcomm's speedy chip is in low supply. Also, the smartphone will ship with Android 4.0.4 out of the box, according to the leak's source.

What isn't all that impressive, however, is the smartphone's 4-inch display with the ubiquitous resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. And what's even more disappointing is the 3-megapixel camera on its back, although its low resolution does not necessarily mean that the photos it takes will be horrendous. Speaking of which, a photo supposedly taken with the handset was found on Picasa. There is a front-facing camera above the smartphone's display, and support for Bluetooth 4.0 comes standard.  

So, how much the Pantech Star Q might cost, once (or if) it is released on Verizon? It is said that the carrier will ask for $99, assuming you don't mind signing up for a 2-year contract. That is yet to be confirmed by the carrier, however, so stay tuned for an official announcement.


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