While Pantech is often thought of as a budget device here in the US market, the company may be looking to change that opinion with this latest AT&T announcement. Pantech, along with AT&T have announced the upcoming availability of the Discover smartphone. And nicely done, with a few exceptions, the Pantech Discover looks to be a handset to consider — especially at the announced price point.

The specs begin with a 4.8-inch (1280 x 720) display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, NFC, DLNA, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2100 mAh battery, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and a 12.6 megapixel rear-facing camera. Other goodies include dual-3D surround sound and a weight of 4.76 ounces.

Aside from the dual-core processor (quad-core would have been ideal), the other point worth taking issue with is the version of Android — the Pantech Discover is launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Those looking towards the Discover can also expect goodies such as SwiftKey and the AT&T DriveMode app which attempts to help stop you from texting while driving.

The Pantech Discover will also arrive with the “Easy Experience” mode which aims to make things easier for those new to Android, or new to smartphones in general. Some may remember the “Easy Experience” mode from the Pantech Flex, which was released for AT&T back in September of 2012. Finally, the Pantech Discover will be priced at $49.99 (on a two-year agreement) and available on January 11.