Pantech Laser on AT&T Is the Thinnest QWERTY Slider
AT&T and Pantech today announced the Pantech Laser, a relatively high-end quick messaging device that measures just under 10mm thick with a sliding, full QWERTY keyboard. The phone also uses a 3.1-inch, AMOLED touch display. The Laser will be available on October 17 for $150, and AT&T is offering a $50 mail-in rebate to bring the price down. The phone features a 3 megapixel camera for picture shooting. It uses all of AT&T's recent quick messaging apps, including the online AT&T Address Book and AT&T Mobile Share services, in addition to the AT&T Social Net app.
Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Boasts Titanium Frame, Magnetic Mods
Essential Products, the startup being run by Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system, announced its first smartphone today, the PH-1. The PH-1 is a high-end handset crafted from a titanium shell that Rubin claims is more robust than aluminum and more resistant to damage when dropped.
DirecTV Now: App Tour
A quick hands-on tour of the DirecTV Now app for Android. (An iOS version also available.) This is the boldest attempt yet to bring all of the major network and cable content to cord-cutters, and the full service is available from mobile apps, in addition to home streaming boxes.
Asus Shows Off the ZenFone 2 Laser
Asus today announced the ZenFone 2 Laser, which will be sold unlocked in the U.S. The Laser looks nearly identical to the ZenFone 2, but makes a number of tasteful upgrades that add up to a much more capable handset.
Asus' Zenfone 3 Series Goes On Sale This Month
Asus today announced pricing and availability for its Zenfone 3 family of smartphones. The Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.7 Special Edition, Deluxe 5.7, Deluxe 5.5, and Laser will all be sold unlocked, directly to consumers via Asus' web site.