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Pantech Star Q Makes First Appearance, A Low-Range Slider Headed to Verizon

What you are looking at is a phone known as the Pantech Star Q. It’s clearly a below mid-range slider, headed to Verizon to run on their 4G LTE network. While it may sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the rest is nothing to be writing home to Mom about. The Star Q has a 4″ WVGA display, 3MP rear camera and a 4-row slideout keyboard.  Ice Cream Sandwich is on board, but boy does that screen above look like some feature phone software from the 90s. Yikes.

If this phone doesn’t launch for free, you’ll find me scratching my head in the back corner of a pub for days.

Via:  Android and Me

  • http://twitter.com/Wil_Payne Wil Payne

    These phones make a lot more sense now with the Share Everything plan, I’ll admit. Paying $30/month for data for this would be pricey; the target users won’t even use 1 GB.

  • Guest

    Imagine getting stuck with that POS on a two year contract. No thanks. This should be a pre-paid phone, but Verizon does not believe in affordable pre-paid plans.

  • Cowboydroid

    I WANT A HIGH END SLIDER, VERIZON!

  • flosserelli

    “ANDROID AND ME”?

    Sounds like a kids morning tv show. Maybe thats the target demographic.

  • PyroHoltz

    This is the phone the Droid 4 should have been.

    /s

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rahul-Nirmal/37517471 Rahul Nirmal

    I didn’t know having a SnapDragon S4 processor counted as “low-end”, or is it JUST because it has a physical keyboard, which everyone unfortunately hates these days?
    Also it has a 5-row keyboard, someone needs glasses.

  • tomn1ce

    Its mid 2012 and they keep “forgetting” to include a flash for the camera…I don’t get it, how expensive could a flash be?

  • imns

    I must be tripping as I see 5 rows of keys and not 4.
    Sure, it may not be the top of the line but not everybody wants/needs a so-called superphone. I may not be one of them but there are people out there that want a semi-decent but cheap phone. So this phone is more of a Civic than a Veyron -both have their market place and meet certain price/performance standards but that doesn’t mean the lower end one is automatically a POS.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-L-Wolfe/100000451164661 Thomas L. Wolfe

    Looks like a slow news day again….

    Oops, wrong article. Still… ;)

  • Michael_NM

    Does it have a resistive touch screen too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.hatherlee Jason Hatherlee

    That looks like my old Samsung Glyde. *shivers*

  • streetlightman

    I mean sure, the launch looks like a pile of crap but it does have on screen buttons and a darn good processor. Just throw on Nova launcher and you’re set. Just because its not made by a big name (samsung, moto, htc, etc..) doesn’t mean its going to suck

    • J. Gilbertson

      those look like hardware buttons sadly… otherwise buttons like the home key would be rotated for landscape orientation

    • Hunter

      yea it does

      ps on screen buttons are not a plus

      • OhAaron

        I think they are. Google thinks so too.

      • C-Law

        Onscreen buttons are a huge plus. They can changed, be customized, the whole bar can be resized, etc.. but this phone has hardware buttons. Those are definitely capacitive

        • Hunter

          that’s what I meant. Not soft buttons :)

  • hkklife

    Well, in all fairness, ICS, LTE and a 1.5Ghz S4 are ALWAYS awesome,wherever they land. 4″ WVGA is better than 3.5″ WVGA and it appears to have a 5-row, not 4-row keyboard.

    Unfortunately, Pantech ain’t known for updating their devices (though I have a soft spot for their Element tablet) and that launcher does look like a featurephone disaster from 1999. This will slide in pretty nicely and replace the last Droid 3 stocks remaining on store shelves. Anytime I see a new QWERTY device hitting the market, especially on VZW, it’s always cause for at least a small celebration.

  • Trevor

    Jeez, every phone and its grandmother use the S4 lately. That must be a damn good processor.

    • chris125

      Best current processor for lte. Until the others work with lte you will see many phones with this processor.

    • kixofmyg0t

      SoC’s come in “waves”. After OMAP 4 we had Tegra3, now everything has the S4. I admit i wasnt a fan of the S4 but after using it I can say its a snappy little power efficient thing. Its cheap(like $27 a pop to OEM’s if i remember), plays well with LTE and is very similar to the A15 in terms of build and performance.

      Next up in the pipeline is Ti’s OMAP5. 2 Cortex A15’s, 2 Cortex M4’s and a PowerVR 543MP2 on a single chip. That thing is gonna be a BEAST.

      • Trevor

        It’s this kind of talk that makes it hard to get a new phone sometimes. I always want to wait for the new wave of technology to come out!

        • kixofmyg0t

          I say this even as a big OMAP fan…..you cant go wrong with a S4 right now. But if you can wait another quarter for OMAP 5 I suggest that.

  • J. Gilbertson

    only if the bootloader is unlocked! otherwise it’s war ;) /s