Pantech might still be reluctant to bring its absolute best mobile technology to America (I’m looking at you, Vega Iron), but the Korean-based company is no longer to be viewed as a second-rate Android OEM nevertheless.
That’s because the 4.8-inch Perception is now official and due out on Verizon Wireless in just two days. The supersized upper mid-ranger will go up for sale starting on April 25 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with two-year contracts.
Not exactly the most budget-conscious handheld in Verizon’s line-up, but the Perception is no pushover performance-wise. Here’s the almost complete spec sheet of the phone, with the remaining holes due to be filled once the 4.8-incher will become available.
- 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen (1,280 x 720 pixels resolution and 306 ppi pixel density)
- Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of on-board storage
- MicroSD support
- 8 MP rear-facing camera with flash
- 2 MP secondary front cam
- 4G LTE
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (soon to be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean)
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS
Doesn’t this thing’s list of features sound familiar? Exactly, it’s basically the same phone as AT&T’s Pantech Discover, only with a not so cool 8 MP rear camera (vs. 12.6 MP for the Discover).
The only problem is AT&T is asking 50 bucks for the Discover with contracts, so Big Red might want to reconsider Perception’s pricing. The Discover comparison notwithstanding, the Perception still has a couple of flaws, one of which has to be tended to ASAP – the on-board ICS.
True, Verizon has already stated a Jelly Bean upgrade is incoming, but timing is of the essence here. After all, even modest devices like Samsung’s Galaxy S Relay 4G run Android 4.1 these days.
On the bright side, it seems Pantech has tweaked Android 4.0 a little bit, seasoning the traditional ICS software with something called Motion Sense. This “gimmick” makes use of gesture control technology and allows you to control the Perception without touching its display. It’s not the first time we’re seeing the technology implemented on an Android phone, with Sony and Samsung opening the road for Pantech.
Still, it’s nice to get a little something special, though again, if Verizon doesn’t shave a few bucks off this fellow’s price, it will likely not make a difference. Or will it? Well, you tell us.