Verizon announces Pantech Breakout, $99 4G LTE Android phone
On Monday Verizon announced a new 4G Android smartphone that will be available on Sept. 22 for $99, after rebate. Available exclusively in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com, the Pantech Breakout sports a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch capacitive touch display (480 x 800), 8GB of on-board storage and will ship running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Additional features include:
- Powered by 4G LTE – customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G mobile broadband coverage areas
- 4G LTE mobile hotspot supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE™ technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails
- 5-megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera with HD video capture up to 720p
VGA front-facing camera for still shots and video chatting
- Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth® 3.0 support includes headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phonebook access
The Breakout also can utilize custom Pantech widgets and can share media files between Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-enabled devices through the Net Media app.
Advertised pricing on the Breakout requires a new, 2-year contract with a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access, for 2 GB of data. After purchase the $50 mail-in rebate will be issued in the form of a debit card.
For a $99 4G LTE phone with a 4-inch display, HD video camera and other premium features, the Breakout looks appropriately named. I don't have information on performance or battery specs because I'm only sharing what was on the press release. I'm sure we'll be seeing some hands-on reports on Thursday or before and I'll try to get a Breakout for some tests of my own. This is likely a preemptive move by the Android side of things, intended as a head-to-head competitor for the rumored, lower-budget iPhone 4S we should see in the next few weeks.