South Korean mobile phone maker Pantech has just made official a new high-end smartphone running under Google’s Android operating system, the Pantech Vega S5.
The handset, launched in South Korea today, appears meant to take down the newly-released Galaxy S III from Samsung, courtesy of its large 5-inch touchscreen display and high-end features.
One other appealing feature of the new Pantech Vega S5 is that it sports a very thin bezel, which makes it narrower than the Galaxy S III. Pantech calls this technology “Zero Bezel.”
Moreover, the manufacturer managed to pack Pantech Vega S5’s features inside a thin design, measuring only 6.89 mm (the Galaxy S III
is 8.6 mm thick).
The aforementioned 5-inch touchscreen display on Pantech Vega S5 is of ISP type, and it is capable of delivering a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution.
The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon MSM8960 application processor, and features the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform loaded on top of it.
On the back, the new Android handset sports a 13-megapixel photo snapper, which offers HD video recording capabilities, zero shutter lag, and continuous autofocus.
According to Pantech, the new high-end smartphone is capable of delivering up to 11 hours of talk time, courtesy of its 2100 mAh battery. The new device
also lands on shelves with support for LTE connectivity, which should make it a great option for the users of SK Telecom in South Korea.
Moreover, it comes with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as with built-in GPS receiver, and the usual set of sensors.
Unfortunately, the device was built in collaboration with the aforementioned SK Telecom wireless carrier, and will be launched in South Korea alone.
There, it will sport a price of around $800 (€634), and it will feature the mobile phone carrier’s own user interface loaded on top of Google’s Android platform.