Although Pantech is not a major player in many markets around the globe, they have been producing some nice Android-based hardware and in doing that, they managed to remain the number three manufacturer in their home country of Korea. Unfortunately for Pantech, the number one and number two companies in Korea are Samsung and LG, which does not leave a lot of market for the third place company to lay claim to. Despite premium devices, like the Pantech Vega Iron 2 and a possible stylus-equipped device, Pantech has now experienced six consecutive quarters of losses. New reports indicate Pantech is now seeking a buyer to come in and scoop up the company.
A couple foreign news sites recently managed to get their hands on a new device from Pantech. The company appears to be ready to enter the market to compete in the large smartphone category, especially the stylus-equipped segment, with the Pop Up Note. The first thing one may notice about the device is the craftsmanship and premium look. According to the hands on reports, the feel of the device matches the looks.
From a hardware standpoint, the Pop Up Note is just a half step behind most flagships hitting the market this year. It comes equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.3 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 13 MP rear-facing camera. It does come equipped with a microSD slot, but can only accommodate an additional 16 GB of storage.
Rumors about the Pantech Vega Iron 2 have been floating around for a while now, with the rumors suggesting that the device would be released sometime by the end of the second quarter of this year. Well today the company finally officially announced the device.
The device will feature a 5.3-inch full HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It will also include a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP full HD front facing camera. It will also ship with Android 4.4.2.
The new Pantech Vega Iron 2 was originally leaked in March when a report from China leaked the fact that the device could feature the Snapdragon 805 processor. The device has now leaked again, this time with a white finish.
According to the source that leaked the info, a Korean website called Ruliwed, the device may not include the Snapdragon 805 after all, but will instead come with a Snapdragon 801 which is used by a number of companies including Samsung and Sony. The source also lists some of the specs as including a 5.3-inch 1080p AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM, and 3,140 mAh battery.
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.
via: GSM Arena
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.
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.
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.
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?
via: Unwired View
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.