Drop this one in the "noteworthy, but not notable" bucket, but we had some time last night to check out AT&T's Pantech Discover, a phone with a pretty impressive specification sheet given its price point - just $50 on contract.
The Discover has a 4.8" 720p display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage, 12.6MP rear camera, LTE, and runs Android 4.0 (OK, that's a bit of a miss). While we wouldn't call this a groundbreaking device in and of itself, the price AT&T will be peddling this particular piece of hardware at is going to make it a very attractive option for the brick-and-mortar crowd (eg, your parents).
Given that we've seen the now-Jelly Bean-running Galaxy S III on AT&T at or below this price online, the Pantech Discover probably isn't the sort of phone you, our readers, are particularly interested in. But it does go to show just how rapidly the hardware in this industry is moving. A year ago, the Discover would have been mindblowing. Today? It's nice, but not anything crazy.
The Discover launches online and in retail stores on January 11th.