Today, Verizon announced a new addition to their 4G LTE lineup. We already know the Galaxy S4 will be making it's presence known fairly soon. And now the Pantech Perception is going to join the Galaxy S4 on Verizon shelves soon. When we think of Pantech we should be thinking mid-range, but you also think AT&T, not Verizon. The Pantech Perception does have some nice specs, but it's still a mid-range device. Here's what the Perception is packing under the hood.
- 4.8-inch HD (that's 720p) Super AMOLED display
- 8MP camera on the back, 2MP camera on the front
- 16GB of storage (no hints whether it'll have a microSD card slot or not yet)
- Running Android 4.0.4 - Ice Cream Sandwich
So the specs look fairly good until you see that last bullet point. Yes this thing is running Ice Cream Sandwich. Even though Jelly Bean has been out for close to a year. Although Pantech does say that they will be upgrading the Perception to Jelly Bean "soon", so whatever that means. Pantech has also tried to be a bit innovative with this device, as far as software goes. You'll notice a lot of features that look kind of familiar. They've tossed in Motion Sense which is a feature that lets you use a gesture or wave over your device to answer calls. You can also scroll through calls, change songs that you're listening too or flip between different pictures in the gallery. Sounds a lot like some feature in Touchwiz, am I right?
Pantech also uses on screen buttons, so if you're a fan of those, you'll like the Pantech Perception. You'll also have that persistent Wi-Fi notification and NFC icon in your notification drawer and status bar, respectively because well it's Verizon and that's how they do things now. The Pantech Perception will be available at Verizon stores starting Thursday, April 25th for $99 on a new 2-year