This week we have seen numerous updates for a variety of devices. Just recently, we covered Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being available for both the Transformer Prime and Infinity, as well as soon to be available for the International HTC One X, One S, and One XL later this month. However those who are using Pantech devices, the Element and Burst models specifically, can now enjoy the tasty Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Even though it isn’t the latest and greatest software, it will still improve the performance of both devices. Here is what you get:
As we see existing quad-core devices featuring Exynos or Tegra 3 chips, it’s only natural that we start to see offerings featuring the new chips from Qualcomm. Well the newest superphone in all the land is now here: the Pantech Vega R3— a Snapdragon S4 Pro-powered beast. The device features an quad-core APQ8064 1.5GHz chip, 2GB of RAM, a whopping 13MP camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and 2,600mAh battery. While those features are nothing to sneeze at, the device also features a unique 5.3-inch display dubbed “Natural IPS Pro LCD”, which aims to make that 1280 x 720 resolution really pop compared to the competition. Oh and the device will come with Android 4.0 loaded up— with a Jelly Bean upgrade due not too long after the device’s initial release.
The device has just been announced, but there’s no word of availability just yet— though there’s the expectation the device will be sold starting tomorrow in Korea. Fingers crossed other markets— specifically those of us here Stateside will have the opportunity to see the device someday.
source: Android Authority
AT&T has announced their new entry-level Android handset, the Pantech Flex. As the name suggests, the device is “flex-ible” to the users needs. While the device offers Android’s 4.0 ICS interface, users do have a choice to select “Easy Experience” mode if ICS is too difficult to use. Does this feature seem familiar to you? If you can recollect, Samsung has a similar device in Verizon’s Galaxy Stellar in which the user can choose between “Starter Mode” and “Standard Mode” depending on what they want. Seems like both carriers are attempting to cater to the “less technologically advanced” consumer.
As for the specs, the Flex offers a 4.3 inch qHD display, an 8 megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and more. AT&T will offer the device for $49.99 starting September 16th. You can watch the introductory video of the device below.
Full press release after the break.
Pantech is no stranger when it comes to one-upping Samsung— and so it comes that a Galaxy S III challenger makes its way to news. Pantech has announced its Vega S5 flagship smartphone. This LTE-enabled device features a 5-inch screen, Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 dual-core processor, 1280 x 720 display, a whopping 13MP camera and ICS. Oh and in case you think the 5-inch display is massive, keep in mind that Pantech highlights the Vega S5 will feature a “zero bezel” technology which aims to make the device narrower than the Galaxy S III, while still maintaining a fairly thin profile.
While the device looks to talk the talk and walk the walk, there are two items going against it at this time. First, the premium features of the device will also come with a premium price: it’s set to cost 900K Won (approximately $800 dollars). The second thing to note is the fact it will only be available in Korean markets— specifically on SK Telecom’s network. Those of us outside of Korea will have to be green with envy in the meantime or hope that Pantech will eventually come to its senses and release the Vega S5 or something similar in the near-future. If you’re reading this Pantech, believe us— there are lots of folks interested in this type of device.
source: Unwired View
Again folks, if you haven’t been paying attention to Pantech before, you may want to start paying attention now. They’re currently developing the Vega Racer 2 smartphone which is slated to have some juicy features including the distinction of “world’s first smartphone with a ceramic body”. In addition, the phone will feature a snazzy 4.8-inch screen with 720P, Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip and a 4G LTE chip. In case you were wondering folks, yes— this device is awfully similar to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, except the Galaxy S III will feature an AMOLED screen along with the expected quad-core Exynos processor.
The phone is expected to be released in South Korea only, so that means we won’t likely see the device out here in the States sadly. Here’s hoping Pantech brings a variation of that device out to the U.S. eventually.
Pantech plans on making some noise this year. We already saw a benchmark leak for what appears to be their flagship device for 2012, and now a similar device has shown up with a NenaMark 2 benchmark as well. This one is the P8010 and seems to have the same specs as the IM-A830S except for the display. The P8010 will sport a qHD (960 x 540) display, while the IM-A830S sports a 720p (1280 x 720) display.
They both have the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. We aren’t sure if both phones will have the same exact version of the S4, but there’s a good chance.
The speculation is that this one could be slated for AT&T. AT&T seems to have a decent working relationship with Pantech as they recently launched the Pantech Burst smartphone and the Pantech Element tablet.
We don’t know anything more, but I wouldn’t expect to see either of these devices before the Summer. You can be sure that Talk Android will let you know as soon as any news breaks.
It seems that a few of the big Korean manufacturers and network carriers haven’t been playing fair. The South Korean Fair Trade Commision found that Hardware companies Samsung, LG and Pantech have been collaborating with the big 3 carriers KT, LG Uplus and SK Telecom in order fix prices. The investigation showed that the manufacturers were raising the price of handsets in order to subsidise discounts for the carriers thus creating the illusion to the customer that they’re getting a good deal. It may sound like standard practice to many of us however the FTC felt fit to impose some pretty hefty fines as punishment.
Over $40 million in fines were shared amongst the 6 firms with Samsung and SK Telecom hit the hardest picking up $12.6 million and $17.8 million fines respectively. Furthermore the FTC have imposed a series of sales restrictions in order to prevent similar practices in the future.
source : engadget
Pantech might be one of those quite companies, but I suspect they will be a little louder by this time next year. With phones like the Pantech Burst, which carry some decent specs for the right price, you can see these guys are headed in the right direction. We just got word of another upcoming device from a benchmark leak. The model is IM-A830S and it will sport a 720p display (possibly 4-inches), a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor, and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It looks like this one might be headed to Asia and South Korea at first, but details are still very sketchy. I’m sure we will hear more soon. I would love to hear from any Pantech Burst owners with their thoughts. I spent a little time with one and thought it was awesome for the money.
One of the lesser known Android brands, Pantech, recently released the Burst on AT&T. Priced at $49.99, I would classify as this as an upper tier mid-range phone. It certainly isn’t high end, but it’s a mixed bag with the specs. On one hand, you have a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and 4G LTE compatibility. On the other hand, it has a 5MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, it’s 11.4mm thick, Android 2.3.5, and a 1650mAh battery. As you can see it’s a mix of high-end and mid-tier specs, but for $49 on contract or $399 off contract, it seems to be a bargain. It’s available in titanium or ruby red. Our own Joe Sirianni will post a full review soon, but for now here’s our initial hands on look.
Correction: Pantech originally listed the Burst as a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but it’s actually a 1.5GHz dual-core processor which is unbelievable for a $49 device.
AT&T wants to lure a prospective customer or two to some of the new Pantech toys in its lineup. They recently introduced the Burst and Element tablet at CES and both look to make an immediate impact and splash as they will run on AT&T’s LTE network. AT&T wants to entice you by offering a special limited-time bundle of both devices. How much for the two devices, you ask? How about a not-too-shabby $250 (on-contract) for both. Naturally you’ll have to splurge on two separate plans for both devices but hey, at least you’ll have two devices to enjoy those 4G speeds on.