5” Pantech Vega S5 goes after Samsung’s Galaxy S3 with 13mpx camera, “Zero Bezel” narrower form factor

As things stand now – Samsung Galaxy S3 may be THE Android phone to best by anyone, this year. Can someone do that? Soon?

It seems they can.

The challenger comes from another Korean company – Pantech. In the form of Vega S5 Android LTE smartphone. It comes with a bigger – 5” instead of 4.8” (on S3) display. But, thanks’ to a “Zero Bezel” technology, is actually narrower then Samsung’s flagship. Pantech Vega S5 is only 6.89mm wide compared to Galaxy S3’s 8.6mm. It also got a higher resolution – 13 megapixel – camera too.

The specs of Vega S5 Patech chose to reveal today include:

  • Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon MSM8960 CPU
  • Android 4.0 ICS
  • 5” 720×1280 IPS display
  • 13 megapixel camera with continuous autofocus and zero shutter lag
  • 2100 mAh battery, with 11 hrs of talk time

It all sounds pretty impressive. But there’s some bad news about Vega S5 too.

First – its price. Somewhere around $800 (900K Won) in Korea.

And more bad news.

Pantech, being mostly Korean smartphone maker with very limited distribution abroad, chose to do its new flagship as an exclusive project with SK Telecom. Vega S5 comes with its own, carrier customized Android skin/apps, and chances of you getting it outside of Korea are close to nil.

Still, if Pantech can do it in Korea, maybe they’ll decide to expand with the new Galaxy S3 killer abroad too. Or someone else, like HTC or Motorola, will take a hint and release something like it this fall.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Lord Vader

    Word for the Wise
    Motorola Razor Maxx comes with 3300mAh battery giving it 17hs TALK TIME

    Others need to wise up also Please
    3500mAh on the next would alos do the trick ;)