Pantech Vega Iron 2 announced with high-end specs, slim design
May08

Pantech Vega Iron 2 announced with high-end specs, slim design

Today Pantech made the Vega Iron 2 official as its flagship smartphone for 2014. Pantech, you may remember, is South Korea’s third mobile device maker, always lurking in the shadows of Samsung and LG. The new device is obviously the successor to the first Vega Iron from 2013, and it pairs some top notch specs with an interesting design, though its back does feature a faux leather finish very reminiscent of some Samsung devices from not long ago. The Pantech Vega Iron 2 has a 5.3-inch 1080p Full HD AMOLED touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,220 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 144.2×73.5×7.9 mm, and it weighs 153 grams. The handset has a metal frame and, as you can see, does not come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor as was rumored at one time in the past. That said, it’s a high-end offering through and through. It should be out in Korea by the end of May in the color variations you can see above. Like always when it comes to Pantech devices, it’s unlikely that this one will ever officially be sold outside of the company’s home market. And once again, that’s a shame, for this smartphone definitely looks the part, has great specs, is very thin, and will probably come with good battery life. Surely people in other countries would be interested in buying something like...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, and Pantech Vega Iron 2 all rumored to be waterproof
Mar19

Samsung Galaxy Note 4, LG G3, and Pantech Vega Iron 2 all rumored to be waterproof

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is waterproof and dustproof, being the first Samsung mainstream flagship device like that. The decision to make the S5 water and dust resistant undoubtedly had something to do with Sony’s past few flagships all coming with these features. And with that, Samsung also got rid of the need to launch a Galaxy S5 Active variation for its new flagship. Hence, the Galaxy S4 Active was probably an experiment for the company to see how well it could make such rugged devices. It turns out, however, that 2014 may be the year of waterproof flagships from all the Korean smartphone makers, not just Samsung. According to rumors originating in the company’s home country, it will continue the trend it started with the Galaxy S5 this fall, when it will launch the Galaxy Note 4. And yes, you guessed it, that will be waterproof too. Not surprising in the least, we might say, as Samsung’s two flagships (the spring-launching mainstream one and the fall-launching phablet) always share the most interesting features (with the exception of the Note-specific S Pen, of course). But LG and Pantech won’t let Samsung have all the water-repellent fun. In fact, the LG G3 and the Pantech Vega Iron 2 are both going to be waterproof too, the report goes on to claim. These handsets should be announced in May, according to previous leaks and rumors. So far we’ve heard a few bits and pieces about them, but this is the first time when waterproofing is mentioned. As for the Galaxy Note 4, that’s so far away at this point that, as you’d expect, there are no other details about it floating around. LG will apparently choose to use a different waterproofing technique compared to what Samsung’s done with the Galaxy S5, but it’s unclear whether that will be better, worse, or just – different. Yet we are hoping that this will help the G3 have a more manageable size, as in the case of the Galaxy S5 the waterproofing seemingly had an adverse effect on its bezels, making it quite a bit bigger than similar-sized, non-waterproof devices. While it isn’t mentioned, dustproofing will almost surely go hand in hand with waterproofing for all of these three handsets, since it’s done so for every other waterproof smartphone that came before them. Via ITtoday Via...

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Pantech Vega Iron 2 may be the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU, arrives in May
Mar10

Pantech Vega Iron 2 may be the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU, arrives in May

Pantech is South Korea’s third smartphone maker, and the company clearly gets a lot less press than Samsung and LG. But that’s its own doing mainly, especially outside of its home market, since you can’t actually buy Pantech wares in most of the world. That’s a pity, though, for the company has released some truly interesting handsets over the past few years. And it’s bound to do so again very soon. The first and only time we’ve so far heard about the upcoming Pantech Vega Iron 2, it was said to arrive in Korea in April. Apparently the release date has since slipped to May, but the longer wait may well be worth it. See, a new leak claims the Vega Iron 2 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. If so, this would certainly be one of the first smartphones to rock that particular chipset, if not the first. The Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z2 both use the Snapdragon 801, and the All New HTC One is probably going to go for that model too. This has been thought to have happened because Qualcomm only expects the 805 to be in shipping devices in May, whereas Samsung, Sony, and HTC all want to have their new flagships in stores in early or mid-April. But Pantech seems happy to wait a bit more if that means it will get dibs on the highest-end chipset Qualcomm has made so far. The Snapdragon 805 CPU inside the Pantech Vega Iron 2 will be clocked at 2.5 GHz, and as you may know it’s a quad-core part. Aside from the processor, the Vega Iron 2 also got a full list of rumored specs. It’s said to come with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 3 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage, LTE-A support, USB 3.0, all the usual connectivity options, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It will run Android, but which exact version is still a mystery. We’re assuming it will be KitKat, though. There will be a version of the Vega Iron 2 for each of the three Korean carriers, alongside another unbranded variant. Past rumors about it said the Vega Iron 2 will come with an all-metal outer casing just like its predecessor, the original Vega Iron from last year. Via TechOrz and...

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Pantech’s Vega Iron 2 comes in April to compete with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC M8
Jan16

Pantech’s Vega Iron 2 comes in April to compete with Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC M8

When you think about South Korea-based smartphone makers, the companies that spring into mind are probably Samsung and LG. But there’s a third one that is doing quite well in its native country – Pantech. It has made a few shy attempts at entering more markets (the US for example), but even in 2014 its operations are still primarily focused on Korea. Maybe that will change in the future, but we’ve been waiting for Pantech to make a big push overseas for so many years that it’s impossible to tell whether something like that will ever happen. Last year, Pantech unveiled the Vega Iron (pictured below) at around the same time that the world got to know the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. And apparently there’s a sequel in the works, the aptly named Pantech Vega Iron 2, which will get announced in April this year. That also comes at around the time that Samsung’s new flagship is rumored to be unveiled, so once again Pantech doesn’t seem to fear the competition – instead choosing to tackle it head on. The Vega Iron 2 will keep its predecessor’s “endless metal” frame that incorporates the necessary antennas, which allows for a unique design entirely devoid of plastic. The handset will be sold by all three Korean carriers just like the original Vega Iron, and its development phase is apparently almost finished. It will sport a fingerprint identification sensor, something Pantech’s already featured in the Vega Secret Note and Vega Secret Up. The Vega Iron 2’s sensor will reportedly be an upgraded part, though, coming with better fingerprint verifying abilities. Unfortunately though, that’s all we have right now in terms of specs for this smartphone. Yet by April everything should have been leaked comprehensively, so stay tuned. Via ZDNet Korea here and...

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Pantech announces 5.6″ Vega Secret Up with fingerprint reader. Wants to sell 1 million in Korea
Dec05

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. Via Engadget, Naver here and...

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Pantech plans a new 5 inch smartphone with fingerprint recognition sensor for December
Nov28

Pantech plans a new 5 inch smartphone with fingerprint recognition sensor for December

Pantech, South Korea’s third largest smartphone maker, is seemingly preparing the release of a new 5 inch high-end Android smartphone. Just like the 5.9 inch Vega Secret Note (available since October), the upcoming handset will have a fingerprint sensor on the back. According to ET News, the new Pantech device will be released next month. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many details about it, but we can assume that its 5 inch display will be a Full HD one. In any case, it looks like Pantech thinks that fingerprint recognition is a must-have feature for a top-of-the-line smartphone nowadays. LG and Apple seem to agree (having released the G2 and the iPhone 5S, which are both packing fingerprint recognition sensors). The Vega Secret Note (seen in the teaser image above) has been sold in more tan 200,000 units in South Korea (it’s not available anywhere else in the world anyway). We don’t know if Pantech’s new 5 inch smartphone will also be a Korea-only product, but chances for that to happen are quite high. We’ll keep you...

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Pantech sells 200,000 Vega Secret Notes in Korea – this is a true Galaxy Note 3 competitor
Nov15

Pantech sells 200,000 Vega Secret Notes in Korea – this is a true Galaxy Note 3 competitor

Pantech released its Vega Secret Note phablet last month – only in South Korea. Since then, the company has sold more than 200,000 units in its home country, with at least 5,000 units being bought each day. This may allow Pantech to grab 15% of the Korean smartphone market share in Q4. Available in black and white, via all major South Korean carriers, the Vega Secret Note was seen as a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 competitor from the beginning. And for now it looks like it’s doing better than Samsung’s device. Samsung didn’t say how many Galaxy Note 3 it sold in Korea, but initial response to the phablet hasn’t been great (despite the fact that, globally, the new Note has been sold in more than 5 million units). The Vega Secret Note runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at the moment, and will be updated to Android 4.4 KitKat. Its features include a 5.9 inch Full HD display, special stylus, LTE-Advanced connectivity, fingerprint sensor on the back, 13MP rear camera, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (2.3GHz), 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It’s too bad that Pantech doesn’t try to launch its high-end smartphones in other markets. But maybe it’s because it wouldn’t be able to produce enough of them? We can’t know that for now. Via ZDNet (in...

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5.9″ Pantech Vega Note gets photographed ahead of unveiling tomorrow, shows off its back
Oct09

5.9″ Pantech Vega Note gets photographed ahead of unveiling tomorrow, shows off its back

Tomorrow Pantech will announce its very own entry into the phablet space, the Vega Note. Pantech is the third largest Korean handset maker, always overshadowed by Samsung and LG. The Pantech Vega Note got on our radar a week ago, when the company sent out invites for its press conference on October 10. And today the first live images showing the handset in the wild have appeared over at G4Games.   As you can see, the Vega Note features a stylus much like the Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung. The phablet also seems to come with a fingerprint sensor on the back. This would confirm past rumors which claimed that the Pantech Vega Note would have a combo fingerprint reader / rear touch pad. The position of the sensor is very similar to what we expect to see in the HTC One Max, the phablet that’s due to become official next week. Other specs that we expect to make it into the Pantech Vega Note include the now-ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, LTE-A support (for downloads up to 150 Mbps), a 5.9-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, 2 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean running the...

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Pantech will announce Vega Note 5.9″ LTE-A phablet on October 10th
Oct02

Pantech will announce Vega Note 5.9″ LTE-A phablet on October 10th

Phablets, phablets, phablets. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without someone launching their own phablet, with ever bigger screen. And for Pantech, 5.6” display on Vega  LTE-A is not enough. They have another huge smartphone, now with 5.9” screen, in the works. It’s called Vega Note and will launch in a bit more than a week. Today Pantech sent out invitations to Korean press for October 10th event,  showing an outline of their new, bigger, phablet: Except for the 5.9” display and stylus, Pantech Vega Note should have  specs similar to those of Vega LTE-A: Snapdragon 800 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU LTE-A support (up to 150 Mbps) Android 2.2.2 Jelly Bean OS 2 GB of RAM Vega Note will also come with the  next iteration of Pantech’s trackpad/fingerprint sensor on the back. At least that’s what Korean OEM is hinting with the “secret” wax seal and a fingerprint in the corner, according to speculations in Korean...

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Android 4.4 KitKat update confirmed for Pantech Vega Iron
Sep15

Android 4.4 KitKat update confirmed for Pantech Vega Iron

Unveiled by Pantech in April, and sadly available only in South Korea, the Vega Iron could be among the first smartphones to get the new Android 4.4 KitKat. Pantech has confirmed on Twitter (in Korean) that the Iron would be updated to the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. It did not mention when customers should expect the update though. Of course, other manufacturers – including Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC – are likely going to update some of their devices to KitKat shortly after this is released. Google has officially announced the upcoming launch of Android 4.4 KitKat at the beginning of September. However, it didn’t say exactly when it will be available to download. It will happen in the next few months anyway, and the LG-made Nexus 5 is probably going to be the first device to run it out of the box. Back to the Pantech Vega Iron (pictured above), this ran Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean at launch. Its features include a 5 inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display with a 2.4mm-thin bezel on the left and right side, LTE connectivity, 13MP rear camera, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, and a 2,150 mAh battery (which supposedly provides the same talk-time and stand-by time as a 3,000 mAh battery). Via Blog of Mobile (in...

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