Pantech hasn’t normally been associated with high-end smartphones, at least not outside of its native South Korea. Then again, a few months ago Huawei wouldn’t have been either, and now look at them.
It appears that Pantech is prepping a new Android-powered device for the South Korean market. The Pantech IM-A830S has leaked courtesy of a benchmark it ran, and so we already know a few things about it (even if we have no pictures just yet).
The IM-A830S will have a 720p HD touchscreen, a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, and will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also could be one of the first non-Nexus devices to get rid of the ‘fixed’ hardware Android buttons in favor of their software-rendered counterparts which ICS enables. Blog of Mobile has it that the Pantech IM-A830S is headed to SK Telecom, one of the big carriers in Korea.
Perhaps at some point a variation of this smartphone will also make its way to other parts of the world, perhaps even the US, where Pantech has so far had good dealings with the carriers. We’ll keep you posted.
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