Hands on with the Pantech Discover smartphone (video)

LAS VEGAS?Announced early Monday morning at AT&T's developer summit, the Pantech Discover may not seem like much at first, but this slick new smartphone has a lot to offer.

The Discover packs a 12.6-megapixel camera that's capable of taking some above average photos, and offers surprisingly good audio playback via its external, dual 3D surround sound speakers. We were surprised at how loud and clear the audio sounded, and with its lack of distortion even at higher volumes.

The back of the phone has a soft, rubbery coating that makes it comfortable to hold, and the 4.8-inch 1280 by 720 display provides ample room for typing out long messages or watching videos. If you're someone who?s always working while on the go, you'll appreciate the Discover's full VPN support, which will allow you to access your work documents wherever you go.

The best part about the Pantech Discover? The price. At only $50 (with a new 2-year contract), the Pantech Discover is an enticing choice for smartphone buyers on a budget. The phone hits store shelves on January 11th.

Keep an eye out for our full review of the Discover in the coming weeks.

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