Verizon Announces the Pantech Marauder at $49, Made for Smartphone Newbies

The Pantech Maruader first leaked last week as the Star Q, but the specs that accompanied the leak were all sorts of wrong. The device actually has a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, likely the same chipset that is in the Incredible 4G LTE. It also has a 5MP camera, 1GB of RAM, and will be available for $49 on August 2 after a $50 rebate.

Verizon is directing this device at first time smartphone owners, or those that are coming over from having feature phones for years. The UI looks super simple, almost feature phone-esque, but the price is the key here. Not a bad option for those making their first smartphone purchase that aren’t planning on using much data with Share Everything. Then again, the Galaxy Nexus can be had for $50 more and is 10x the phone.  (more…)

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