Pantech is a well-known brand in South Korea and has been releasing products on the local market for a while now. On the International market however, the brand is known only for the affordable smartphone options offered on the AT&T network.
Pantech has decided to step outside its safety area by releasing a new tablet on the International market. The new Pantech Element 8 is a new tablet released in partnership with AT&T and has the advantage of being one of the affordable ruggedized tablets on the market right now.
Ruggedized tablets are mostly meant to be used in harsh environments and most of them are meant to withstand extreme conditions. Ruggedized tablets are usually pretty expensive, so the Element 8 from Pantech and AT&T will be filling and important segment on the market by offering a cheaper alternative.
The Pantech Element 8 is a 8-inch tablet coming with a Gorilla Glass covered display and featuring a 1024×768 resolution. Pantech has tested this tablet in different environments and reports that the Element 8 is able to remain submerged for 30 minutes under water, features a shock proof case, while the waterproof feature means that this one is also dust proof as well, preventing dust particles to get inside the case.
All this means that you’ll be getting an affordable ruggedized tablet, coming with a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel camera on the front for your video-chatting pleasure.
Connectivity features coming with the Pantech Element 8 include micro USB and HDMI ports which you can use to connect this tablet to your HDTV, microSD card for storage expansion, Bluetooth and GPS radio and 4G LTE connectivity that will work well on AT&T’s Wireless network.
The Pantech Element 8 runs on Android Honeycomb OS for now, but it will most likely receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon after its release.
You’ll be able to get your own Element 8 ruggedized tablet for $450 without a contract and unlocked on any network or you can opt for a two-year contract with AT&T and get the Element 8 for only $300, which is a pretty decent price for a ruggedized tablet.