If the phones that Pantech has released in America thus far have been your sole exposure to the South Korean manufacturer, you might be surprised to learn that the company has some legitimately awesome hardware in its home territory. The Pantech Perception... isn't. While it competes with the likes of the Galaxy S III on paper, at least in some respects, a combination of old software and expensive hardware makes this new Verizon phone a hard sell to anyone who wants a high-powered device. It launches on Thursday, April 25th for $100 on contract... after a $50 mail-in rebate. Remember those?


Specs include a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display (Verizon is keeping mum about the resolution, but it's probably 720p), an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2MP front cam, 16GB of internal storage, 4G LTE, and (sigh) Ice Cream Sandwich. The 2011-era software is mitigated, barely, by a promise to upgrade to Jelly Bean "soon." 4.1 or 4.2 wasn't specified, but we'll let you take a guess. Want more information, like processor, memory, expandable storage, or battery capacity? Tough noogies, dollface - Big Red ain't sayin'.

The PR did take pains to mention software features like Motion Sense, which allows you to answer calls and scroll through web pages without touching the phone's screen, and Camnote, which allows you to take photos of notes. Which is apparently impossible on other smartphones, because of marketing. Hey, at least it's got on-screen navigation buttons, if that's your thing. If you want this 4.8-inch pile of nothing much, the Perception will be in stores and online on Thursday.