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Pantech Matrix Pro Makes the Duo Feel Unwanted

We didn't really give the Pantech Duo the attention it deserved.  It was (and is) a neat little dual-slider that, sure, felt a little plasticky and looked a little cheap, but nevertheless was a totally legitimate Windows Mobile Standard device.  Well, it looks like Pantech themselves must've thought even less of the Duo that we did, because for their update to the device they're dropping the "Duo" altogether in favor of calling it the "Pantech Matrix Pro."  

The Matrix, you may recall, was a simple feature phone from Pantech, so that's the brand they're continuing by adding "Pro" at the end of it.  Likely the Matrix sold pretty well for them, so this wasn't a bad move. On the other hand, we're still feeling guilty for giving the Duo short shrift -- seeing Pantech do the same adds a pang.

Anyhow, the Matrix Pro hangs onto the dual-sliding action and improves the look a bit and the specs just a tiny bit more

  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard
  • 3G HSDPA, Quad-Band EDGE
  • AGPS, Bluetooth (No WiFi)
  • 2 MP Camera
  • 528 MHZ Qualcomm MSM7201a Processor
  • 256 ROM / 128 RAM
  • 3 hours talktime
  • 320x240 QVGA Screen

Price and availability unknown --  more's the pity, because we totally owe it to Pantech to give this Matrix Pro a spin. [via Engadget Mobile]

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  • Specifications * Dimensions: 4.17 x 2.0 x 0.85 inches
    * Weight: 4.3 ounces
    * Battery Details: 1320mAh Li-polymer battery
    * Talk Time: Up to 3 hours
    * Standby Time: Up to 10.4 days
    * Technology: GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA*
    * Frequency: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (GSM/GPRS/EDGE); 850/1900/2100 MHz (UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA)*
    * Operating System: Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
    * Memory: 256 MB ROM and 128 MB RAM with microSD expandable memory (sold separately)
    * Display: 2.4 inches; QVGA screen; 240 x 320 pixels
    * Sliding 12 key and QWERTY keyboard
    * *3G service is not available in all areas Voice & Calling * Speakerphone
    * Voice Command
    * Voice Dialing Messaging * Mobile Email*
    * Text Messaging -- send/receive short messages*
    * Multimedia Messaging -- send/receive messages comprised of text and images*
    * Mobile Instant Messaging -- send/receive messages in real time using AOL