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Pantech readies a Vega Iron 2 smartphone to take on Samsung's Galaxy S5

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Pantech readies a Vega Iron 2 smartphone to take on Samsung's Galaxy S5
While Pantech launches smartphones in the US from time to time, its main focus remains its home country, South Korea, where the company is always behind Samsung and LG in terms of market share.

Like it did in 2013, when it released the Vega Iron Android smartphone to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S4, now Pantech is seemingly preparing the launch on another high-end handset, this time to take on the rumored Galaxy S5.

According to ZDNet Korea, the upcoming smartphone is called Pantech Vega Iron 2, obviously being the successor to last year’s model. Pantech intends to launch it in April, when the Galaxy S5 is also expected to be released. Reportedly, the new Vega Iron 2 will have a metal body and a fingerprint scanner. Pantech is already using the latter feature on some of its Android handsets.

The original Vega Iron (pictured above) came with a 5-inch 720p display, so the Vega Iron 2 will probably have a similarly-sized screen. It remains to be seen if Pantech jumps on the Quad HD (1600 x 2560 pixels) bandwagon - it might do it, since it’s believed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will have a Quad HD screen.

The Vega Iron 2 should be launched by Pantech via all three major Korean carriers. There is no word on international availability so far.

source: ZDNet (translated)

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posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:08 2

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Release it worldwide then only you'll take on Sammy.

Right now Sammy is the beast. And I haven't seen any Vega Iron anywhere except Korea.

BTW I like that thumbnail and is the best till now.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:15 1

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Pantech phones are awesome, please release your phones worldwide, Pantech.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:33

5. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)

That phone looks sexy.....

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:17 1

3. Teja171 (unregistered)

I never heard such a brand till date.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:24 1

4. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)

Hmmmmm, Doesn't samsung own a stake in Pantech ????? Last year samsung baught a 10% stake in that company for around $48M.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 08:38 1

6. Florin.T (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)

Yes, Samsung bought a 10% stake in Pantech, but it said that it would "have no involvement in Pantech’s business management in any way or form."

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:39

7. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

So what is the point in buying shares in a national competitor?

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 14:28 2

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Cover your bases.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 01:20

13. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 240; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)

Hadn't considered that. Very interesting.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 09:48

8. Boybawang (Posts: 148; Member since: 02 Jun 2013)

More interesting is that the biggest stake owner of Pantech is Qualcomm.

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 12:13

9. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

720p? It says 1080p in the original article...

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 16:13

11. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Awesome! I'm a big fan of the Pantech Vega Iron, I really wish it would come to international markets too. I'm sure there will be many interested in buying it!

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 18:07

12. MistB (Posts: 581; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

I can see the Iron 2 having an edge to edge display almost going to the sides, similar to what the Note 4 and LG G3 may have, a fully metal clad phone for the Iron 2, I'm guessing this screen size will be a 5.2/5.3 inch display, flagships grow every year and keep close to their competitors.

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