The folks at Pantech have just revealed their next Android flagship smartphone for the US market, the Discover.The smartphone has been confirmed to arrive at AT&T on January 11 for only $50/€35 with a new two-year agreement.
According to Pantech, the Discover will be the carrier’s first smartphone to come pre-loaded with the AT&T DriveMode application, which is meant to prevent texting while driving.
Although it goes for such a low price, Pantech Discover has similar features with the popular Galaxy S III smartphone, with just a few differences.
The Discover packs a 4.8-inch HD display that supports 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and boasts an impressive 12.6-megapixel rear photo snapper with 4x zoom, full HD (1080p) video recording, LED flash and autofocus.
More importantly, the smartphone is powered by a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5 GHz and packs 16GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.
The bad news is that Pantech Discover ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, which is a real downside as most customers are looking for Jelly Bean devices.
On the positive side, the smartphone offers 4G LTE support and packs NFC (Near Field Communication), DLNA, dual 3D surround, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
It is also worth mentioning that Pantech Discover drains energy from a 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer.
“The Pantech Discover combines a feature-packed experience – complete with a 12.6-megapixel camera and HD display – with a cost-effective price point, giving AT&T customers yet another strong option in our 4G LTE portfolio. AT&T is dedicated to educating customers about the dangers of texting while driving and providing real solutions to help prevent the behavior,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, AT&T Devices.