Touted by Pantech as a $50 alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S3, this 4.8" LTE smartphone called Discover sounds like a bargain. It runs Android 4.0 as does the Galaxy and sports a dual core 1.5GHz CPU. The company did not discuss how much RAM the device would have, or who makes the processors. The Galaxy S3 has a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait and 1GB RAM.
The Discover comes standard with 16GB of on-board storage and a 2,100 mAh battery that AT&T claims is good for 10 hours. It also supports NFC. The Galaxy has a 2,100mAh battery and claims 11 hours of 3G talk time.
At CES Pantech decided to market the phone as a cheap alternative to the Galaxy. The Verge reported that the company handed out (obviously fake) $150 bills along with the rest of the marketing materials. The $50 version of the smartphone requires a two-year contract with AT&T.
The phone weighs about 135 grams (approx. 4.8 oz), and is 9.1mm (.3-inch) thick, just slightly thicker and heavier than the Galaxy S3's 133g, and 8.6mm thickness. The Discover outclasses the Galaxy in terms of the rear camera offering a 12.6 megapixels versus the Galaxy S3's 8. The front cameras are nearly identical, with the Discover at 2 megapixels and the Galaxy at 1.9.
AT&T says it will be available beginning today (January 11, 2013).