AT&T launches rugged Pantech Renue QWERTY phone
AT&T and Pantech have introduced a new messaging phone in the US: the Pantech Renue.
Featuring a sliding QWERTY keyboard, the Renue uses Qualcomm’s Brew Mobile Platform, and doesn’t require a smartphone plan (like most Android handsets do). The phone is rugged, meeting military standard 810G – hence being protected against damage from sand, dust, temperature, humidity, vibration, and radiation. Its case is 67% made out of recyclable materials, while its packaging is 95% “recycled paper and non-POV soy ink.” Other features: 3.2 inch QVGA touchscreen display, HSDPA, full Web browser, and a 3MP rear camera.
The Pantech Renue costs $69.99 on contract (after a $50 mail-in rebate), and can be bought as of today both online, and at authorized AT&T retailers nationwide.
Another new QWERTY-equipped Pantech handsets that’s coming to the US soon is the Pantech Star Q. This features LTE connectivity and a dual-core processor, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and will be available via Verizon Wireless.
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