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Verizon Announces the Pantech Perception at $99, With a Handful of Features From the Galaxy S4

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This morning, Verizon announced a new 4G LTE phone to their growing family, the Pantech Perception. As one would expect from anything released by Pantech, this phone should be considered mid-range when compared to today’s smartphone standards. It sports a 4.8″ HD (720p) Super AMOLED display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 16GB of storage. 

Pantech is trying to be somewhat innovative on the software front though, by tossing in Motion Sense, which allows you to gesture or wave over your device to answer calls, scroll through contacts, change songs being played, or flip between pictures in the gallery. Galaxy S4, anyone? Seriously, these were all features mentioned at some point after Samsung announced their new flagship phone that has yet to be released.

The Perception runs Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but will “soon” be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

The Perception can be had for $99.99 on 2-year contract with a $50 mail-in rebate. It will arrive in stores beginning April 25.

Via:  Verizon

  • TylerChappell

    I would rather have a Droid RAZR M over this thing. Or a RAZR HD. And I am not even a huge motorola fan

  • Alexander Garcia

    Not bad Pantech. Not bad at all. =)

  • JulianZHuang

    it’s cheap for a reason.

  • RoadsterHD1

    No SD card and no camera flash, deal breaker.

  • RoadsterHD1

    These are good specs. 720p screen still looks incredible. Human eye can only see so much anyway. Good size. Nice phone especially for the money.

  • I love that clock widget

  • Ryan

    Wow. People are happy to see Pantech coming up which is good. But people are bashing LG and the G Pro and copying the Note 2…..I dont get it.

  • Spider210

    for a pantech it feels nice in the hand, not like the breakout, thats as much as I can say for it

  • CaptainHowdy13

    HEY on-screen buttons! *cough*SamsungHTC*cough*

  • Detonation

    ICS? LOL

  • Rodeojones000

    While the Froyo-like UI is ugly, at least they’re smart enough to not put a physical home button on there.

    • RoadsterHD1

      Yeah. Physical home buttons are u…..g……l……y……..!

  • T4rd

    Pretty decent specs considering it’s a mid-range phone. But no JB/4.1 is kinda sad still considering the mid-range Stratosphere and Razr M has had it for a while now. Unless this has something better than an S4 SoC with 1GB, I’m not sure why you would pick this over a Razr M despite the 720p display.

  • rodney11ride

    love the fact that even pantech can rid themselves of the ugly home button and use onscreen nav

  • spunker88

    That is one ugly looking OEM skin, stock froyo almost looks better. At least it has on screen buttons.

  • Trueblue711

    720p on a mid-range phone? Never thought I’d see the day!

  • paul_cus

    I’ll give Pantech a little credit though. At least they’re trying to make a nice phone. One day they’ll get there. Maybe.

    • John Malin

      Didn’t htc start out like pantech? Just a small company that started with trash and built up?

      • Austin Warren

        They haven’t built up. Their profits prove this.

      • paul_cus

        Yep, along the same lines.

  • There are better things to be had for $99… Like 99 tacos.

    • EC8CH


      Now I want tacos.

    • rodney11ride

      198 tacos at Jack in the Box… 🙂

      • EC8CH

        So I did an image search for the Taco Shop here in Fargo to post a reply about how awesome their tacos are, and now Google Now is telling my how long it will take to drive to the nearest Taco Shop.

        Now Google knows I want Tacos, and is taking me to them.

        • Austin Warren

          Fargo? I can’t imagine ever living in BFE.

          • EC8CH

            Yeah, the low crime rate, high employment, awesome Tacos, and back to back NCAA FCS Football Championships make it quite a struggle.

            There is a flood coming new week, so there’s something to look forward to.

          • wingedmantis93

            I’m in Grand Forks. Glad we got our act together a while ago and don’t have to worry about floods.

      • flosserelli

        Jack in the Box calling those abominations “tacos” is an insult to taco lovers. I avoid Taco Bell like the plague, but even Taco Bell tacos are more authentic.

    • Austin Warren

      Aren’t we forgetting something…… Tax.

      • These are pre-tax numbers. The phone would have tax as well, right?

        • Austin Warren


      • CaptainHowdy13

        Not if you live in Oregon 😉

    • Jarred Sutherland

      Ehhhh … dollar tacos? I need good tacos ..

  • Every pantech phone I’ve ever sold has either been returned or complained about profusely. Why would anyone get this over the RAZR m?

    • flosserelli

      Two words: “Motion Sense”. Who needs Galaxy S4 when you can get similar features for much less?

      …Marketing can be a powerful tool to fleece the masses.

    • LionStone

      Someone who doesn’t care about the latest OS but wants a bigger, better screen?

  • Ian

    OMG its haz the NFCs! Must hav!

  • Verizon will promote this but wont’t say a damn thing about the S4… If I didn’t have unlimited I would have been bolted to the big Magenta..

  • EC8CH


    On Screen Buttons!

    • CivilDroid

      Ha! at least it has those!

  • CivilDroid

    I CANNOT WAIT TO STAND IN LINE TO GET THIS!!!! said no one ever

  • JoshGroff

    The clock widget and browser icon look nice.