New York - Two new cellphones announced by Pantech include an eco-friendly 3G messaging phone for AT&T and a 4G LTE Android smartphone for Verizon Wireless. Both feature touchscreens and slide-out QWERTY keyboards.
For Verizon, the Pantech Marauder will be available Aug. 2 for $49.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement. For AT&T, the Renue is available at $69.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year contract.
The Marauder, available from Pantech through Personal Communications Devices (PCD), will be sold through Verizon's online store. It's targeted to first-time smartphone users and features a selectable Starter Mode interface, which is a simplified interface with four home screens, preset widgets and an uncluttered lock screen said to be easy to use. Starter Mode also features a quick-dialer icon that lets users make phone calls directly from the home screen. The Standard Mode interface offers up to seven fully customizable home screens and a customizable lock screen that offers quick access to frequently used applications.
Features include 5-megapixel camera/camcorder with HD video capture, 1.2GHz dual-core processor,1GB RAM, mobile hot spot feature to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, DLNA Wi-Fi networking, Bluetooth 3.0 and MicroSD card slot supporting 32GB memory cards.
For AT&T, the Renue 3G phone features Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform to download apps, 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen with 262K color display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3-megapixel camera/camcorder and ability to customize up to four home screens. For durability, it complies with military spec 810G for resistance to sand, dust, high and low temperatures, humidity, vibration and solar radiation.
Renue's eco-friendly features include UL Environment certification, compliance with RoHS standards, preloaded power-saver app and EnergyStar 2.0 charger.