Jan 04 AT 10:27 AM Anthony Domanico 14 Comments

AT&T to launch LTE Pantech Element “waterproof” tablet next week for $299

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BGR has received a tip that AT&T is all set to launch a new tablet next week at CES that takes advantage of its shiny new 4G LTE network. The Pantech Element is a powerful 8-inch Honeycomb tablet that’s waterproof…nsort of. The tablet itself is not actually waterproof, but it is splash-proof, proved you remember to close the port doors. Okay, so you can’t take this tablet into the bath with you or mount it in the shower to get your morning Twitter update, but you don’t have to worry if you get it a little wet.

Other than the pseudo-waterproof billing, the Pantech Element is rumored to boast the following specs:

  • 8-inch display
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera with 720p video capture

The Pantech Element is rumored to go on sale January 8 for $299.99 with a new 2-year agreement (or $449.99 off-contract). It is a surprisingly beefy tablet coming out of AT&T and Pantech, and one that could turn a few heads at CES next week. We’ll be sure to bring you a hands-on with the Pantech Element next week.

Anyone out there interested in the Pantech Element? Sound off in the comments.

Source: BGR

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  • stenzor

    I don’t see why anyone would want to sign a contract for one of these

    • epps720

      I agree, make it $299 w/o a contract and then my interest might flare up.

    • honourbound68

      me2.

  • dpleus

    Specs are on par with most of the tablets on the market today. I like the 8″ screen size, but would rather haves some pro-longed hands on time with both the 10.” and 8.x” form factors and see which really suits me better. Depending on reviews and such, I may have to go to my local AT&T store and get one off contract, as that’s not a bad price for a device that size.

    • Andy_jr

      I would probably still go for the Nook Tablet, but this is better than what I expected from Pantech.

  • http://alxrock.deviantart.com alxrock

    Is that a front facing speaker on there? I’d like to see more of that on tablets.
    The price isn’t too bad, but without hands-on, I don’t know how solid it would feel. I’ll be waiting to see what the competition has in store for us this year (htc quad-core tab perhaps?)

  • azswift

    Given the form-factor, these types of devices will go everywhere with you until the day your coffee spills…

    Spill resistance is great until you really need the excuse to get a new quad-core tablet…

  • Jayson Olson

    Sorry, but anything ‘Pantech’ doesn’t scream ‘must have’. I figure, they have enough of a hard time with digital pic frames, and now I want a tablet from them? Er….no.

    I picture these more suited as a Walmart alternative or Costco endcap display, but def. not a contract device from AT&T.

    Even these specs you calim as ‘beefy’ aren’t knocking my socks off by a long shot.

  • oddball

    A little spill resistance is nice but billing it as waterproof is going to end badly for them as people start trying to take them in the shower. Casio will probably make a rugedized tablet like their gzone phones I am looking forward to that

  • jeff.j1990

    Pretty good specs! But water proof? Twitter updates while bathing!!! What are people up to these days?

  • kazahani

    I never realized how much I want a tablet mounted in my shower until just now…

  • Marc’us H.

    Y’know, I’ve never had anything against Pantech, I’d really like to see this tablet do well. I remember almost a year ago when they started mentioning they were venturing out into tablets, and this one is pretty darn impressive.

  • lokidokie

    Yawn. Poor specs, only 8″, Pantech?…

  • WlfHart

    I wouldn’t mind having an option to take a device with me backpacking and not have to worry about using it in the rain… Best option so far has been using a trash bag tent which becomes tough in any sort of wind.

  1. I don’t see why anyone would want to sign a contract for one of these

  2. Specs are on par with most of the tablets on the market today. I like the 8″ screen size, but would rather haves some pro-longed hands on time with both the 10.” and 8.x” form factors and see which really suits me better. Depending on reviews and such, I may have to go to my local AT&T store and get one off contract, as that’s not a bad price for a device that size.

    • I would probably still go for the Nook Tablet, but this is better than what I expected from Pantech.

  3. Is that a front facing speaker on there? I’d like to see more of that on tablets.
    The price isn’t too bad, but without hands-on, I don’t know how solid it would feel. I’ll be waiting to see what the competition has in store for us this year (htc quad-core tab perhaps?)

  4. Given the form-factor, these types of devices will go everywhere with you until the day your coffee spills…

    Spill resistance is great until you really need the excuse to get a new quad-core tablet…

  5. Sorry, but anything ‘Pantech’ doesn’t scream ‘must have’. I figure, they have enough of a hard time with digital pic frames, and now I want a tablet from them? Er….no.

    I picture these more suited as a Walmart alternative or Costco endcap display, but def. not a contract device from AT&T.

    Even these specs you calim as ‘beefy’ aren’t knocking my socks off by a long shot.

  6. A little spill resistance is nice but billing it as waterproof is going to end badly for them as people start trying to take them in the shower. Casio will probably make a rugedized tablet like their gzone phones I am looking forward to that

  7. Pretty good specs! But water proof? Twitter updates while bathing!!! What are people up to these days?

  8. I never realized how much I want a tablet mounted in my shower until just now…

  9. Y’know, I’ve never had anything against Pantech, I’d really like to see this tablet do well. I remember almost a year ago when they started mentioning they were venturing out into tablets, and this one is pretty darn impressive.

  10. Yawn. Poor specs, only 8″, Pantech?…

  11. I wouldn’t mind having an option to take a device with me backpacking and not have to worry about using it in the rain… Best option so far has been using a trash bag tent which becomes tough in any sort of wind.