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Pantech Vega Secret Up comes with fingerprint sensor and 5.6" display that prevents side snooping

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Pantech Vega Secret Up comes with fingerprint sensor and 5.6
Pantech might often seem elbowed out by the big local boys Samsung and LG, but has always managed to come out with innovative handsets that scream "First!" like a YouTube comment. That's unfortunately not happening with its US handsets, but rather on the home turf of Korea, but Pantech had eye-tracking and gesture based navigation, as well as glass ceramic phone backs before it was cool.

Recently it set its eyes on the fingerprint sensor technology, introducing the Secret Vega Note phablet with a touch sensor on the back, which seemingly nailed the option more successfully than, say, the HTC One Max. Now Pantech is introducing a lighter, nimbler version of the Secret Note, called Secret Vega Up, naturally with the same cool fingerprint sensing technology on the back.

The specs list also coincides for the most part - 5.6" Full HD display, Snapdragon 800, 13 MP camera, LTE-A radio and 3150 mAh battery - with a few exceptions that are likely to make it cheaper than the predecessor. The Vega Secret Up comes with 2 GB of RAM, instead of 3 GB, and 16 GB of storage instead of 32 GB. It also doesn't sport a stylus, so there's no chance for Samsung's patent lawyers to go after this one.

Besides Pantech's own interface with tiled widgets, the phone sports the so-called Secret 2.0 mode, which not only uses the fingerprint method for identification, but couples software-level security features with hardware ones. The chief one is the ability to put the screen in head-on regime, where you can only see what's on the screen if you are looking at it directly, not from the sides, just like on the 6" Secret Note phablet before it.



source: Pantech

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:01

1. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I wish front hardware buttons would die. Talking to you Samsung. I guess you too Pantech. Cut that poop out.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:16

3. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I didn't know poop have tactile feedback.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:01 3

5. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Nothing is wrong with physical buttons.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:19 2

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


If you don't like phones with physical buttons, don't buy them. Simple as that. Obviously, a lot of people do since the highest selling phones out there (iPhones & Galaxies) have them. You still have plenty of options.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 17:25

13. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Is it that easy? Just don't buy things I don't like? Never thought of that. There aren't as many options as I'd like.

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 23:40

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Keep your sarcasm, guy. Not interested. My point was simply that your sentiments are clearly not what a majority of people think since the highest selling phones have physical buttons. They aren't going away completely any time soon, so #dealwithit.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 13:45

15. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I was merely pointing out how pointless your comment is. Of course I don't buy what I don't like. Picking up the scraps of the phone choices sucks so it makes sense to voice my opinion. That is how I deal with it.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 23:09

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Enjoy your sCRAPs.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 14:32

17. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Better than being a sheep.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 23:15

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2169; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I suppose so.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 06:02 2

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Looks like a combination of note2 and g pro

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 07:49 1

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2625; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes that phone is looking nice.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 08:09

6. wando77 (Posts: 283; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Physical buttons are great. Why lose the screen space? The bottom bezel on a note 2 is smaller than some phones that don't have physical buttons. You crazy man

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:19

8. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I don't like the fingerprint sensor on the back. Apple got it right by placing it as the home button. I like the front design of the phone, but the rear is not very appealing to me. I can also see that flip covers and window flip covers for smartphones are becoming more popular since Samsung started promoting it.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:24

9. mottykels (Posts: 371; Member since: 15 May 2013)


I love the custom ui, a combination of android and wp8. nice one pantech

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:44

10. santy (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


The only physical button I would like on phone is the camera button on the side. Sadly most companies are not thinking in this direction.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:10

11. nghtwng68 (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


The interface looks very nice on the Vega.
I have to give thumbs up to Pantech and their devices. My sister owns one (Pantech Discover) and it's very impressive. Hardware feels solid, display is sharp, interface is fluid and camera takes great photos. All this for a very nice affordable price.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:39

12. btbotimtim (Posts: 147; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


they dont bring their flagship to the states.

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