Pantech Breakout and Samsung Illusion Mid-Range LTE Smartphones Head for Verizon

September 6, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Happy days are right ahead for Verizon customers, as the carrier has already announced a handful of smartphones on their network. The hotties in the list include the Samsung Stratosphere and the LG Revolution 2. Surprisingly enough, two new mid-range LTE handsets have also been included. The new devices are the Pantech Breakout and Samsung Illusion.

The Pantech Breakout (also known as Apache) is believed to be the first 4G handset from the company.

It boasts a 4-inch WVGA touch screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 1 GHz single core processor, 512 MB RAM,  and dual cameras – a 5-megapixel shooter and a front-facing VGA and LTE support.

The device that runs Android 2.3 OS comes with a custom Pantech UI and a 10-device mobile hotspot. The phone was rumored to be launched on September 1, but was postponed.

The second LTE device that is hopping on to the Verizon bandwagon is the Samsung Illusion. Not too many details are available for this mystery device. All we get to see is a leaked Verizon roadmap, and going by that we understand that the device runs Android 2.3 and boasts 3G support.

Speculations were that it would carry a 1 GHz processor, a 3.5-inch WVGA display, HVGA resolution and a 3 or 5-megapixel camera.

The model number SCH-i110 hints it could be a low-end handset, as the detailing is similar to what we saw in the SCH-i100 Samsung Gem. The Illusion was earlier scheduled to be launched on September 29.

Release dates and pricing of both of the LTE enabled phones are not known, but we can expect the Breakout to be launched soon, whereas there are no clues as of yet on the Illusion’s roll out.

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