The carrier-connected Honeycomb tablet arena hasn't been very successful up to this point, mostly due to the outrageous prices that the units have been showing up with -- we've yet to see one for less than $400. Enter the Pantech Element, a "waterproof" tablet that looks to change the game with its sub-$300 price tag.

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The Element is an 8-inch Honeycomb-powered tablet that runs on AT&T's LTE network, packing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 5MP rear shooter, and 2MP front camera. It is also one of the first tablets to claim waterproof status. Except it's really not waterproof - it's more splash proof, assuming all the ports are closed up properly.

Still, a carrier-connected LTE tablet for $299 on-contract? That's not too bad (in comparison to other carrier tablets, that is). If you're not into the idea of a two-year contract, though, you'll be able to grab the Element for $449 sans-agreement. The Element is expected to be available on January 8th.

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