Pantech (R.I.P) had an amazing phablet ready for release, but it never saw the light of day for the saddest reason

Pantech (R.I.P) had an amazing phablet ready for release, but it never saw the light of day for the saddest reason
As you can probably imagine, LG and Samsung aren't the only smartphone manufacturers in South Korea. Indeed, for a long time, local rival Pantech managed to keep the pressure on them and persevere, taking he third spot in terms of total sales. Unfortunately, after accumulating significant losses six quarters in a row, Pantech was put up for sale in September last year, and companies (or even individuals) had until April this year to buy the company before it was liquidated in order to settle as many of the outstanding debts as possible. Sadly, nobody found Pantech a worthy investment, and the company is on its way to the grave.

As sad as that may be, what is even more disturbing is the fact that the company actually had a killer phablet ready for roll out as early as August 2014, according to In fact, judging by the specs sheet of the device, it would have easily made a serious Samsung Galaxy Note 4 competitor. Why did it never reach consumers? Because Pantech, apparently, didn't have enough money on hand to pay for its production.

Called Pantech Vega Secret Up 2, the top-shelfer sports a 6-inch display with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution (490 ppi), underneath which the company was planning to put a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 GPU, complimented by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The maker also had a 1W loudspeaker in mind (alike to that of the LG G3), a hearty, 3,400 mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and even a stylus. Again, this would have made for a fine Galaxy Note 4 competitor.

Here's how it looks (looked?).

source: mobiltelefon



1. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

samsung and lg are so cruel

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

how so?

18. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

The next ones biting the dust will be HTC and Sony. That's the sad truth about Android: hardly anything economically feasible can be built around it.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Boy I certainly hope that wasn't the product's final name.

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

those bezels are killing my eyes,should've made it a 5 incher and sd 801 and 3000mah bat. and a enough money for production.

6. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

What bezels?get your eyes checked.they actually look smaller than the norm

7. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Yeah, design wise it looks with much slimmer bezels than the note 4 shown in the pictures. What a shame this never made it to production. Then again, this would've only been available in asia and with their special overlays it never would've been an option.

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

haha yur the one should dig yur own grave..

14. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Than STOP buying WHITE devices! Bezels are less vissible on black devices. Which is why I always want a clearblack front! On white devices not only bezels stand out more but also the black border between the bezel and the display part o/t screen.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This news somehow made me really sad. It feels like someone actually died.

8. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Haha um, gain some perspective.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Yeah, this news made me sad as well. As I said before, Pantech is capable of making awesome phones. Now, with the lost of a manufacturer with lots of reputation, it means less competition. This kimchi market is just cruel. Pantech shouldn't have relied on only one country.

9. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

"As sad as that may be, what is even more disturbing is the fact that the company actually had a killer phablet ready for roll out" So, if I'm reading this right, a company is going out of business, people will be put out of work and families will be affected - but the REALLY disturbing part is the killer tablet that won't be released! Priorities, priorities....

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

But if enough companies stop making phones there won't be enough to write articles about, and PhoneArena's authors will be put out of work! Disturbing!

15. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

The way I had interpreted that was that it was disturbing because Pantech had a good product developed and ready to be produced, and the sales could potentially have helped the company stay afloat, helping those people and families you mentioned. Instead, the product, although completed, was never produced nor sold, thus eliminating any chance of them not going out of business, at least for some time.

10. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

We are losing a big founder of mobile technology :( Samsung and LG, you must stick together because you're the only ones who actually innovate new products for the world.

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

AT&T usually had a Pantech or 2 in their line-up. Nobody bought them. They were mediocre compared to Samsungs, LGs, and HTCs they also offered.

16. shinywindow unregistered

Rip made some great mid rangers

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