Pantech is said to have a waterproof Honeycomb tablet that will be making its way to AT&T on January 8. The tablet, the Pantech Element has an 8-inch screen, and will sell on AT&T for $299 with a two-year contract.
The news of the Pantech Element comes from BGR, which claims the tablet will be announced at CES next week. The Element will sport an LTE radio, 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 16GB of st0rage, “Piezo Motor” haptic feedback, a 5MP 1080p rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera for 720p video chat. To top it all off, AT&T’s documents are claiming that the tablet is “waterproof for life.” The waterproof rating is IP57, which means the tablet is simply splash resistant, but that doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as a bullet point.
Given AT&T’s relatively tiny LTE network and the fact that the Element is said to run Honeycomb instead of Ice Cream Sandwich, this seems like a non-starter. At $299 with contract and $449 without, it seems like a better deal to just get a Kindle Fire and a mobile hotspot. Or you could just go with an iPad.