Pantech announces 5.6″ Vega Secret Up with fingerprint reader. Wants to sell 1 million in Korea
Pantech is South Korea’s third biggest smartphone maker, always playing catch-up with Samsung and LG but never really seeing great success outside of its home market. The company has unveiled a new phablet today. It’s called Vega Secret Up, and it’s meant to complement the Vega Secret Note in Pantech’s portfolio.
The Secret Note has been doing pretty well, sales-wise, in Korea, and Pantech hopes that the Secret Up will be successful too. Much more successful than its bigger brother, in fact, since the company expects to sell 1 million units. If it does so, it would be quite a feat, since that would mean that around 2% of South Korea’s population would sport such a handset. We’ll see whether that happens or not after December 10, which is when it’s due to be in stores. Unfortunately, pricing information isn’t available yet.
The Pantech Vega Secret Up comes with a 5.6-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage space, LTE-A support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a fingerprint scanner on the back, 24-bit audio (with FLAC support), and a 3,150 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
It’s basically a smaller version of the Secret Note, which comes with a 5.9-inch touchscreen. However, the Secret Up also loses 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and stylus support compared to Pantech’s flagship.
Perhaps the most interesting feature (or gimmick, you decide) of this phone is a “secret” mode that acts like those screen filters everyone seemed to use on CRT monitors – making what’s on the display viewable only by the person standing in front of it. So if you’re on public transport, for example, other people won’t be able to clearly see what you’re doing on your phone.