Pantech Vega Iron 2 could be first Snapdragon 805 powered device

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Last year Qualcomm announced they were bringing a new Snapdragon processor, the 805, to market in 2014. A good bet for the first device to come with this new chipset powered by four Krait 450 cores would have been one of the flagship devices from a market-leading manufacturer. However, it appears Pantech has stolen the spotlight with the pending release of their new Pantech Vega Iron 2 smartphone.

The Vega Iron 2 appears to be intended for the Korean market only, although one of the four variants is carrier free and could be sold in other markets. In addition to the Snapdragon 805 processor, the Vega Iron 2 is supposed to come equpped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, 32GB and 64GB storage options, and LTE-A support.

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Pantech Vega Iron 2 to be released in May, compete with other flagships

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The South Korean mobile phone market is already pretty saturated, and the fact that a company like Pantech has been able to survive while competing with both LG and Samsung is an amazing accomplishment. But to keep itself relevant, continuing to develop new devices is key.

The Vega Iron 2, the successor to Pantech’s flagship from last year, will be released in May to compete with the Galaxy S 5. Rumors suggest that the screen size will be bigger than its 5-inch predecessor— it’s not expected that the phone will become a phablet, though.

The success of the design will rest in the completely metal chassis and a rumored fingerprint scanner.

Hit us up in the comments if you’d be interested in getting this device over another flagship like the Galaxy S 5.

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Pantech to release Vega Iron 2 in April

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One of the most anticipated phones of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S5, a device that will likely go on sale in April or May of this year. There’s another device that will apparently be going on sale this April, and will be in competition with the Galaxy S5. That device is the Pantech Vega Iron 2.

Some of you might remember Pantech for being a company that was on the brink of bankruptcy a while ago. Since then the company has had huge success with their Vega Secret Note and Vega Secret Up.

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Pantech Secret VEGA UP officially announced, 5.6-inch Full HD display with fingerprint scanner

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Pantech just announced a slightly smaller version of the 5.9-inch VEGA NOTE. The Secret VEGA UP sports a 5.6-inch Full HD display. quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 3,150mAh battery, LTE-A, and Android 4.2.2. Most of the specs are the same as the VEGA NOTE except for a little less RAM (2GB vs 3GB), less storage (16GB vs 32GB), and no stylus support.

The Secret VEGA UP also includes a fingerprint scanner, just like the VEGA NOTE, and includes Secret 2.0 mode, which makes the display visible to only those looking directly at it. Pantech is definitely an innovative company that I would like to see more of here in the U.S.

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Pantech prepping a 5-inch smartphone with fingerprint scanner for December launch

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Pantech is rumored to be working on another phone in their Vega lineup with a 5-inch screen and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint recognition thing seems to be the hot new feature on smartphones, since we’re seeing it on many new flagship phones and even Pantech’s Vega Secret Note. There’s not much else known about the device, except that it will likely have a full HD screen (also a standard for smartphones now) and we’re expecting a December release. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as we get closer to the launch date.

What do you guys think about fingerprint scanners? Are you happy that it seems like it’s becoming a standard feature, or does it seem gimmicky to you?

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Pantech launches Vega Secret Note phablet with fingerprint scanner

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Pantech has released a new phablet device for the South Korean market, the Vega Secret Note. The 5.9-inch device comes equipped with an impressive set of hardware, including 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 1080p capable front-facing camera. The display will be capable of running full 1080p resolution and the device will come equipped with 32 GB of storage to go with the Android 4.2.2 operating system. According to Pantech’s information page, the device is capable of supporting an external hard drive up to 2TB in size. » Read the rest

Pantech to release the Vega Note, a stylus-wielding phablet, on October 10th

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I’m honestly surprised it took this long, but Pantech is releasing a device that finally mimics what’s arguably the best feature of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line; the unique stylus. The Pantech Vega Note is an unoriginally named phablet that’s sporting a stylus that stores itself inside the device body, just like Samsung’s Galaxy Note. The Vega Note has an exceptionally large 5.9-inch 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 800 CPU. It also has LTE-Advanced support, for those of you that live in a market where that’s a concern.

Aside from the basic specs and “stylus support,” there’s really no word on software features. If the stylus is just a plain input device like your finger, it might not be much of a selling point, but if Pantech loads this thing up with stylus features (like Samsung does with their S-Pen) they could really create some competition in the phablet space. It’ll be out soon on October 10th for an undisclosed amount of cash, but with a screen like that and the specs underneath it, don’t expect it to be cheap.

What do you guys think? Is the stylus a gimmicky feature, or should more manufacturers jump on the bandwagon?

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Pantech officially announces the Vega LTE-A with fingerprint scanner onboard

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Pantech finally took the wraps off the Vega LTE-A. It’s quite a beast with it’s 5.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and Snapdragon 800 SoC. It also has a fingerprint sensor, which isn’t something we have seen on a smartphone for sometime. It was rumored that LG was going to implement one on the G2, but it appears they won’t. If done right, I think a fingerprint scanner would be great, but again, if done right. Pantech has incorporated a small touch panel on the back side. Just slide your finger along it to unlock your phone. If it works 99% of the time, I will take it.

The other interesting feature is that the whopping 3,100mAh battery can be fully charged from 0 to 100% in 94 minutes.

The Pantech Vega LTE-A will be available in South Korea on SKTelecom by the middle of this month. Unfortunately no pricing was specified. Hit the break for the full list of specs.

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New benchmark for Snapdragon 800 discovered for Pantech device

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With the frenzy of new devices released this spring, smartphone buyers are looking forward now to the fall season to see what manufacturers will be bringing to market. One new bit of hardware garnering lots of attention is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor which is expected to become the new top end. A new benchmark was spotted that seems to show a Qualcomm 800 running on Android 4.2.2.

Japanese site Ringer’s Blue Men has published what purports to be an AnTuTu benchmark for the unannounced Pantech IM-A880 smartphone. The results show a device running at 1958 – 2150 MHz, which seems to be consistent with Snapdragon 800 speeds. The top score of 30133 surpasses both the Exynos Octa 5 and the Snapdragon 600. It is not much of an improvement, about a 10% gain compared to the Exynos chip, but that should still be noticeable for users.

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Samsung buys 10% share of Pantech worth $48 million

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Samsung— already one of the world’s largest manufacturers— has further exerted its powerful influence in the tech world buy purchasing a 10% stake in manufacturer Pantech. The deal which is expected to be finalized by sometime in June, allows Samsung to purchase 53 billion won (approximately $48 million USD) worth of shares and helps Sammy better finance its operations and attract more investor interest going forward. Additionally, Pantech previously sourced many of its components and parts for its devices from Samsung, so the deal helps Sammy and Pantech’s relationship since Pantech buys chips and LCD units from Samsung.

Now all that’s left to do is to play the waiting game to see the imminent outcome of this deal.

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