Pantech launched its first smartphone to come with an HD touchscreen in America last month, when it unveiled the Discover for AT&T. That’s got features that would have made it a flagship device to die for just one year ago, and yet it’s priced like a lower-midrange phone. So it’s pretty clear what Pantech’s strategy with regard to getting a foothold in the US is – offer great smartphones at incredibly low prices.
The Korean company is looking to do that at Verizon, too. The Pantech Perception can be called Big Red’s version of the Discover, or something like that. And we hope it will have similarly affordable pricing. We showed you a press render of the Perception in January, and now the handset has been tested by the FCC.
While at the FCC, the Pantech Perception got itself photographed from all possible angles. A selection of the most interesting pictures is what you’ve just seen above this paragraph. It’s really a pity that there’s no photo of it being turned on, but basically you can get a great feel for the device from these images.
In them, the Perception is devoid of any Verizon branding. But rest assured that this will change when it gets released. Expect a Verizon logo above the screen, and another one on the back near the 4G LTE logo (which will stay, we assume).
Rumored specs for the Pantech Perception include a 720p HD touchscreen (maybe a 4.8-inch unit like that in the Pantech Discover, then again maybe not), and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (presumably the MSM8960 S4). Expect the Perception to be in Verizon stores before the end of March.
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