Wednesday, 5 September 2012

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Pantech Flex on AT&T announced for new smartphone buyers

Posted: 04 Sep 2012 04:17 PM PDT

This morning the folks from Pantech and AT&T announced a brand new smartphone that is not only targeted for first time smartphone buyers, but it will also appeal to the budget crowd as well as those seeking some solid performance. This device might only cost $50 but it packs plenty of goods like 4G LTE and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so lets take a look.

They announced the new Pantech Flex as a budget friendly entry-level device but the specs are far from it. Previously leaked as the Pantech Magnus today’s announcement confirmed the details. Those include a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 resolution display which is the lowest feature it has. Then you’ll get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE, and Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdraon S4 processor.

Pretty great for only costing users $50 right? Other specs include an 8 megapixel rear 1080p video capable camera, 2 megapixel front for video chatting, and a spacious and decently sized 1,830 mAh battery that should last plenty long.

Pantech has detailed an “Ease Experience Mode” that will streamline the user interface into a simple solution for newcomers to the smartphone market. This can easily be toggled off to enjoy Android 4.0 ICS too for those that aren’t complete newbies. The video provided by AT&T below will give you a better idea of what to expect from this decent little phone. The Pantech Flex will be available September 16th for only $50 after a new 2-year contract — which makes this phone a pretty good deal.

HTC details September 19th event to show us “what’s next”

Posted: 04 Sep 2012 03:32 PM PDT

Not to be outdone by the Apple event on the 12th, or the Motorola event set for tomorrow, HTC has just issued their own save the date event announcements to the press inviting us all to enjoy “what’s next” later this month. They sure don’t give us many hints but we’ll be seeing their next device in NYC in a few weeks.

Our original thought was some upcoming Windows 8 smartphones since IFA showed plenty of those from other manufacturers, but then we got this same event invite over here at Android Community so we can expect some Android announcements to follow. Now we have to play the guessing game.

The only hint reads "Join HTC to see what's next." That is all they had to say regarding this announcement. The odd thing is the weird blue symbol on the bottom of the invite you see above. We aren’t too sure what that is although it resembles the Google Now voice search capabilities of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7.

We all know Jelly Bean is coming to their recent devices soon but that’s hardly a reason for an event so some hardware is certainly expected. HTC’s been rather quite as of late so we’ll most likely see the Desire X they announced at IFA and if we are lucky that rumored 5-inch device. HTC’s 5-inch 1080p resolution Galaxy Note II rival broke cover this weekend and chances are that device could finally be unveiled. There is also talk of an HTC One X+ for T-Mobile — so that’s a possibility. We are hopeful these are among the devices they’ll have to announce.

Android Community will be live in NYC to capture all the news, details, pictures, and video of whatever comes from HTC’s September 19th media event so stay tuned for further details.

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