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Pantech launches Vega Secret Note phablet with fingerprint scanner


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 more

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


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?

source: RBMen Blogspot

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


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


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.

source: Ringer’s Blue Men
via: Android Authority

Samsung buys 10% share of Pantech worth $48 million



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.

source: Fox News

Verizon announces the Pantech Perception smartphone, brings touchless controls for a modest price



Sure we have seen some smartphones tout some impressive toucheless control features, but those type of devices come at a king’s ransom— so they may not be accessible to a wider range of customers. Fortunately Pantech quickly realized that the technology should be available to a wider range of customers and has introduced its brand-new Perception smartphone. The device is a typical mid-ranger which features Ice Cream Sandwich loaded up, a dual-core Snapdragon chip, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display, an 8MP camera + 2MP FFC and 16 gigs of on-board storage. Sure those may be ho-hum to the masses— but the real ace in Pantech’s cards is the arrival of Motion Sense technology on the Perception. The technology allows users of the device to do things like wave their hands to answer calls or moving your finger up and down to scroll up and down through a list. Pretty awesome.

This smartphone is set for arrival on Verizon’s wireless network on April 25th, which should make customers of that network happy, but customers of other networks a wee bit sad. But if you are on Big Red’s network— the great thing about the Perception smartphone and its Motion Sense technology is the impressive price it will arrive at: $99 on-contract (after a $50 mail-in-rebate). You can find more deets when you hit the source link.

source: Verizon

Pantech Vega Iron is official, features 5-inch 1080p display with a very small bezel


Pantech plans on giving Samsung, HTC, and LG a run for their money with the Vega Iron. We told you about this one last week, but Pantech just made it official. It will come with a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2150mAh battery, WiFi that supports 1 gigabit, and Android 4.1.2.

The Vega Iron sports a metal frame and the smallest bezel ever in a smartphone, at 2.4-millimeters. Look for this one to go on sale in Korea, but we have no word on if it will appear in other areas.

source: Pantech

Pantech Vega Iron To Be Unveiled April 18, Takes On The Galaxy S 4

Pantech Vega Iron

Pantech is looking to take on the Galaxy S 4, and come April 18, we’ll get all the details. Called the Vega Iron, this phone appears to be the new flagship device we reported on last week. Here are the rumored specs:

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display
  • 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 or 32GB internal storage with microSD card support
  • 13-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2150 mAh battery
  • 136.3 × 67.6 × 8.8 mm at 154 grams (5.4 oz) Read more

Pantech working on new flagship device based on Snapdragon 600


South Korean manufacturer Pantech is reportedly on the verge of releasing a new high-end device that will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip. The device will come with a 5-inch screen and a “bezel-less” design to help keep the overall device size down. The smartphone is model number IM-A870 and will be part of the Vega R Series of devices. According to sources, the device will support “giga Wi-Fi” at speeds equal to four times normal WiFi. The only other detail provided is that the device is expected to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The new phone is Pantech’s attempt to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S 4. No pricing or market information was provided, although the device is expected to be released by the end of April.

source: etnews
via: phoneArena

Pantech Perception stops by the FCC for a photo shoot, headed to Verizon in the near future


Not too long ago Pantech unveiled their Discover for AT&T. It’s a pretty powerful little device with a low price point, which tends to win customers over pretty well. Now we’re getting a sneak peek at Verizon’s version of the device, named the Perception, which we can pretty safely assume will have the same or similar specs and pricing as the Discover, although it’s worth noting that the Discover has a 13 MP camera, and the FCC shots show an 8 MP shooter. Aside from that, the device looks slick as ever with what appears to be a brushed metal finish and a very thin profile. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more about the availability of this device.

source: FCC

via: Unwired View