​Pantech is back with a jogwheel Android, the Sky IM-100

​Pantech is back with a jogwheel Android, the Sky IM-100
After 20 months of restructuring, two times changing hands and participating in general commotion, the beloved Pantech brand is back on the market with a new Android phone, the Sky IM-100. Behind that inconspicuous name hides an inconspicuous phone, at least as far as specs are concerned.

The handset has a 5.15" LCD display panel with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution, and is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor. The memory situation is decent for the class, with 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage. The Pantech IM-100 is made out of metal, and houses its 3000 mAh battery in an edgy chassis that is 7.8mm thick, weighing in at 130g.

While the specs are nothing to dance in the rain about, Pantech couldn't resist putting a unique twist on the phone, as usual. As you can see in the pics, its first handset after the long hiatus features a good old-fashioned jogwheel instead of a rocker, touted as having one hundred volume precision levels. This jog, together with what looks like an oversized speaker on the back, hint at a focus on audio prowess. Indeed, together with the IM-100, Pantech is releasing a so-called Stone bluetooth speaker/wireless charger that closely matches the white or black color scheme and design of the phone. The fun part is that the wheel can also be used as a selector in the interface when pressed inwards, or so it seems from the video below.

Well, "100" reads like "back" in Korean, so that might have been the reasoning behind the title of the new Pantech phone. Moreover, it is now using the Sky brand that was previously reserved for feature phones. In any case, we are glad that Pantech is back with an interesting effort, as the firm has always been injecting intriguing features, materials and interface solutions in its handsets. The sales target when the phone hits Korean carriers is the modest 300, 000 units, at the equivalent of $390 a pop, and if you want it, you'd have to import. Still, do you like what you see in Pantech's grand return to the Android universe?




source: ETNews

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11 Comments

1. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Phone explanation commercialhttps://youtu.be/TRG9usdJWJ4

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

thats neat function :D and its more like $290 phone + $100 wireless charger/BT speaker but the phone still overpriced

3. goggle

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 20, 2016

In a world of boring phone design, this phone come to the rescue. That's one hell a good looking yet uniquely designed phone ... I'm keen at that rotating volume dial ... Reminds me of classic vinyl player ... Quite genius solution if u ask me where u can still control volume at the sides and even when the phone is face down ('o')

4. TerryTerius unregistered

Well, in so far as the back of it goes I definitely agree with you. It's interesting.

10. NeverGiveUp

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 24, 2016

i agree with your comments, it's a unique design and different from current smartphone... I think will be more changes in design after launch im 100 LOL :))))

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lovely, welcome back...

6. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 914; Member since: May 07, 2014

Thumbs up Pantech for this unique and gorgeous looking phone. I don't usually like white color phones but the white one here looks better here.

7. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Awesome form! This looks better than anything vertu is doing.

8. GeekMovement unregistered

Interesting, glad to see Pantech again. I really liked the designs of their Pantech Iron line. It's nice to see them bringing a unique feature to their new phone.

9. fomage

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 23, 2016

FYI: "100" sounds [bӕk] in Korean which makes the inconspicuous name "IM-100" sounds "I'm back"

11. Krjal

Posts: 429; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

I'd love to see a flagship model following the same design cues.

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