A new Pantech smartphone called Perception appears to be heading to Verizon. The handset was recently spotted in the website of the Federal Communications Commission, which is usually an indication that the device will be in the market in the near future.
To date, the device is still unannounced by Verizon, and does not bear Big Red’s logo yet.
The Pantech Perception, like other offerings from the South Korea-based electronics company, is expected to be a smartphone targeted at the mid-range market segment. Its price is estimated to be something around $200 to $300.
The device is rumored to sport an HD touchscreen display with a resolution of 1196 x 720 pixels, possibly measuring 4.8-inches diagonally. Inside, it may run on a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. For its camera, it is believed to come with one that has an 8-megapixel image sensor. The FCC listing also reveals that the smartphone supports NFC, CDMA and GSM roaming, as well as 4G LTE. Also onboard are an HDMI port, DLNA, a microSD card slot, and support for Wi-Fi Direct. Its operating system, according to CNET, will be not lower than Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
For its design, the smartphone appears to be a regular slab with a silver finish and slight curves, based on the photos that appeared on the FCC listing.
The Pantech Perception is often said to be Verizon’s version of the Pantech Discover, an AT&T device that was showcased earlier this year during the Consumer Electronics Show. For its part, the Pantech Discover comes with a 4.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also boasts of a better camera than the Pantech Discover: a 12.6 MP one on the handset’s rear. Nonetheless, the two phones seem have similar specifications.
The Pantech Perception may hit the market before the end of next month.