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The new Pantech Vega is an LTE-A-equipped, Snapdragon 800-powered 5.6-inch device

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The new Pantech Vega is an LTE-A-equipped, Snapdragon 800-powered 5.6-inch device
It's okay if you don't know what or who Pantech is. There's a pretty good reason to acquaint yourself with the company, however, and fast. This may surprise you, considering its relative unpopularity in the States, but in South Korea, the most smartphone saturated country, Pantech is actually just as popular as its local rivals: Samsung and LG. And its no wonder, seeing how its upcoming flagship phone, the Pantech Vega IM-A880S, is sporting some bleeding edge hardware.

According to today's leaked press shots of the device, we're a week away from the official unveiling, which almost coincides with LG's G2 launch, on August 7. What's more, the Vega will be the third smartphone in South Korea to come LTE-Advanced capable. Speaking of the LG G2, Pantech's Vega will feature a power button on the back of the device, along with a touchpad. We're definitely curious to see how this concept pans out, and both LG and Pantech seem eager to oblige.

The rest of the specs include the gleaned quad-core Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a 1080x1920 resolution display of unknown type. The device is expected to start shipping on August 8 with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean in tow.

source: Seeko, inews24 via Techkiddy

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posted on 02 Aug 2013, 09:44

1. apexthe31 (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

ugly but beast

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 09:45 4

2. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Pantech "Sky" smartphones' characteristics
- Only sold officially in Korea, very cheap
- Usually the best "on paper" hardware at the releasing time
- Plasticky, looks cheaper than Samsung's phones.
- Bad battery
- Not good camera quality

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 16:45

15. warren24 (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)

this guy knows stuff.

posted on 04 Aug 2013, 21:23 1

19. SymphonyX7 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)

^ What he said.

I've owned several Sky Vega devices and what they all seem to have in common is a so-so camera, bad battery life, great screen, great specs, great price.

Already owned an A770K, A800S, A810K, A820L, A830S and A850K.

I just want to note that the A800S has a bad screen. Sharp, but viewing angles are not as good as the A810 and A820. Also, the A810 and A820 have really good sound quality. Very clean power output and ridiculously good dynamic range. They're a keeper for audiophiles.

I would only advise getting a Pantech phone if you know basic Android tweaking (i.e. rooting and flashing).

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 09:52 1

3. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

okay someone please put in a tegra 4 sick of qualcom 800 phones so damn many of them now

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 10:04 5

4. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Are they not performing well? Why are you sick of them?

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 10:14 1

7. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

because everyone is using them. No one is showing any kind of individuality and they are all feeling like clones of each other. None of these really show any kind of personality.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 13:58 5

9. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Yes I'm sure people will immediately notice how different your phone is from the sea of black and white slabs out there, and yell out "his phone has a tegra 4! Sweet Jesus he's so cool!"

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 14:47 1

10. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Black and White only? What are you some kind of phone racist?

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:00 2

11. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

"Oh, we're sorry Ajac, let us throw away the millions of dollars we're saving by using Qualcomm chips instead of Nvidia for the sake of our products' 'personality' and 'individuality.'" -CEOs of Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola (well, Google I guess), ASUS, Pantech, and Sony

I'm sorry, but there are hundreds of better ways these manufacturers can differentiate their products than by changing the processor.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 16:46

18. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1035; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)

Individuality is more for the exterior looks. If the internals perform well, what's the point in buying a more expensive CPU that may or may not perform as well?

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 10:05 2

5. shahulvm (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)

tegra is a sick soc...no dev support at all...

4.3" -> 4.5" -> 4.7" -> 5" -> 5.3" and now 5.6"

Dont the dumb manufacturers understand that our palms dont keep growing year after year...

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 10:11 1

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

It's not that they don't understand our palms, it's that they want to compete with each other.

Let me introduce you the big bros.
The Huawei Ascend Mate with a 6.1" screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 with a 6.3" screen
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra with a 6.4" screen.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 11:52 2

8. davenycept (Posts: 200; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

True.. ive between seeing Pantech for quite some time and this phones internals are great but what about the general overall performance of Pantech phones. People need to realize each manufacture had their own capabilities... so can someone please tell me abour the overall performance of Pantech phones...are they supported with timely system updates, overall speed, etc...can someone tell me about these things?

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:02

12. pocketdrummer (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Entirely too large. I don't want to have to wear cargo pants just to own a cell phone.

We might as well give the Nexus 7 a few more antennas and just make that our phone if we're going to keep making 5+" phablets.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:14

13. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

Asus has done it with their fonepad

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 15:39 2

14. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 176; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

Pantec is making the Vega. Now Samsung and LG need to make an M.Bison phone and a Barlog phone.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 22:04 1

16. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)

power button on back?!
sad, later, some ,ssboy, fanboys,lg hater will say something like this
"LG is a copy cat"

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 10:08 3

17. Jack58221 (Posts: 157; Member since: 23 Feb 2013)

I, had, a, hard, time, reading, that, with, the, blatant, abuse, of, commas,...

posted on 25 Sep 2013, 00:09

20. cjescuadro (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)

Pantech Vega LTE A IM-A880S is a whole new thing.You know it's not a phone but it's not a tablet either.So yeah, it's just convenient to call it a phablet.But does it function like one?Nope.It functions better!Yep when I had one from merimobiles.com ,I knew I'm gonna enjoy having it.And this didn't fail me at all.Just a heads up to future users, don't let yourself get addicted.Alright,it's all up to you then.*wink*

posted on 25 Mar 2015, 22:40

21. josephangeles16 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)

Regarding the previous comments saying that Vega isn't comparable to Samsung and LG?

I don't believe it.

First, to those who has owned the vega a800 to a850. Maybe you are right about the quality of the camera and the entire phone. But if you will own a Vega a860(No.6), a870(iron), and this a880, things will be entirely different.

In my opinion, I could say that Pantech is based on originality. The fingerprint scanner is a good concept unlike LG's volume rocker buttons on the back which I don't see any sense at all. Not unless that volume rocker can be a navigation button when you're reading stuff.

Vega placed the fingerprint scanner or vtouch at the back and it works well for me. For the build quality, it is good. It can be correct that Samsung's build quality is better though.

For the performance, it's not only on paper. It worked flawlessly without any lags. I played games like Dead Trigger, Call of Duty, Real Racing or NFS and NBA 2k14 and it worked well. The battery life of the Pantech Vega today is better than their previous phones. I can last more than a day using my a880s. LTE Connectivity is good.

For the camera, I don't believe bashers that say the camera quality is poor. I myself is a photographer by profession and I know if colors are accurate or not or if the resolution is poor or nice. Here's my comparison.
Samsung's camera is saturated. It does produce vibrant colors but it is intensified compared to how you look at the subject you're shooting. If you like that, then go for samsung.
LG is a mixed one. Sometimes saturated, sometimes not. Depends on the unit I guess.

But Vega here, produces the same color as that of the actual subject.

For me, I want my photos to look as natural as possible. If ever I wanted to make it more vibrant, then that's the time that I will use some apps to make that happen.

How about you? what do you think? I've been using Pantech Vega Iron (a870), then switched to a880 and now I'm using the a900.

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