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South Korean handset manufacturer Pantech Corp. on Tuesday said it plans to roll
out its "Discover" phone in the United States this week, launching its fifth
smartphone in the country that runs on the long-term evolution (LTE)
Pantech plans to launch the 4.8-inch display device, powered by the Ice Cream Sandwich platform by Android, through top U.S. mobile carrier AT&T on Friday, it said in a press release.
The phone's notable features include a 12.6-megapixel camera and dual surround-sound speakers located on both sides of the handset.
The LTE device costs US$49.99 on a two-year contract, a Pantech spokeswoman said, adding the company has yet to set an upgrade date for the Jelly Bean operating system.
In the third quarter, Pantech ranked as the fifth-largest LTE smartphone maker in the North American market, up one notch from three months earlier, according to data by research firm Strategy Analytics.
Pantech Corp.'s "Discover" phone. (Photo courtesy of company)