Remember the Pantech Duo, a Helio Ocean-esque dual slider WinMo
smartphone for AT&T? I really like the idea of that phone, but in
reality it was super bulky and just not that fun to use. Looks like
Pantech's cooking up a successor of sorts, and has dumbed the Duo down
in a good way to create the Matrix, a dual-slider that's a
messaging-centric "dumb phone" with slicker styling, funner features,
and (hopefully) a slimmer profile as compared to the Duo.
Funner? Did I just say funner?
BGR's got the scoop on Matrix, complete with a Spec Sheet, and it
looks like this could be a nice QWERTY non-smartphone for that special
tween texter in your life. Seriously, AT&T needs some
messaging-centric devices and if this thing isn't as gargantuan as the
Duo, it could shape up pretty nicely: 3G data speeds, Mobile Email and
IM, 1.3 MP camera with video capture and Video Share, media player with
AT&T Mobile Music, XM Radio, and CV (video) support, Stereo Bluetooth, and that special dual-sliding design that affords dedicated numeric and QWERTY keypads.
And, hey, look at that - your choice of black, red, or blue. No word yet on pricing or launch date, but I'm gonna take a stab and say $149 on contract and available in time for the Xmas shopping season.