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Pantech Updates Dual-Slider Matrix

Dallas — Pantech’s dual-slider Matrix Pro, an updated version of the Matrix, will be available through all AT&T Mobility distribution channels beginning Feb. 18 at $179.

The 3G Pro is a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard version of the Matrix, which lacked Windows Mobile OS, but the new model retains the Matrix’s slide-down dialing keyboard and slide-from-the-side QWERTY keyboard.

Compared to its predecessor, the Pro also adds a larger display, more multimedia codecs, longer talk and

standby time, and triband W-CDMA HSDPA, which operates in AT&T’s 850/1900MHz bands in the U.S. and the 2100MHz band overseas. The previous Matrix was a dual-band 850/1900MHz HSDPA model. Both feature quad-band GSM/EDGE.

In other changes, the new model adds MySpace access, MobiTV live-TV service, personal and enterprise push-email, threaded SMS messages, ARM 11 528MHz processor, and Windows Media Player 10 Mobile.

The display goes to 2.4 inches from 2.2, resolution goes to 240 by 320 pixels from 176 by 220, talktime goes to six hours from three, standby goes to 12 days from 10, and the battery goes to 1320mAh from 950mAh. The Bluetooth version goes to 2.0 plus EDR, and camera resolution goes to 2 megapixels from 1.3.

Additional audio codecs include WMA and RealAudio, and new video codecs include MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, RealMedia, Windows Media and 15 fps QCIF.

Like its predecessor, the Pro offers AT&T video calling, music services, navigation, email, instant messaging and AT&T’s MediaNet A/V services.