This week we’ve been running around like zombies at CES but today we took a minute to sit down with Pantech and their new AT&T 4G LTE tablet and smartphone. The Pantech Element is an 8″ waterproof tablet that will be taking a quick dunk in some ice water, then check out the full specs below.
The tablet is quite nice and actually feel really great in the hand. Around back they’ve wrapped it with a carbon fiber-esque design although it is a hard plastic. The Element comes in at 8″ with a 1024 x 768 resolution, 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Pantech will be marketing this as a budget Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet but it definetaly doesn’t feel like a cheap budget device.
In the hands-on video you can learn more about this tablet and even watch it enjoy a quick bath. This is the first 4G LTE tablet in the U.S. that is also fully waterproof.
Pantech has also provided us with an array of ports and options all for a consumer friendly price of just $299. The Element has a 5 megapixel rear facing 720p capable camera, 2MP up front. It even offers HDMI-out, micro-USB, and a Micro-SIM all enclosed in a water-tight seal.
Another important note is Pantech’s new enhanced haptic feedback response inside the tablet. You’ll feel each individual touch on a more personalized and accurate level. Until we get more hands-on time we can’t fully judge this but from early impressions I’d probably be disabling this myself.
Pantech and AT&T will be rocking both these 4G LTE devices come early February and will market them as a one-two punch. You can get the Pantech Element for $299, or you can get the Element and their new Burst Android 2.3 smartphone as a combo for only $249 with a new 2-year contract on both of course.
As soon as these launch we’ll be sure to get them both in for a full Android Community review. In the meantime stay tuned for more of our CES assault as we process everything.