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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.


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