Pantech Vega R3 has just had its formal launch in South Korea yesterday, September 25, 2012. With its 5.3-inch LCD screen display, this Pantech gem is positioned to take on the LG Optimus Vu II, Galaxy Note II and the still-to-be-named HTC portable gadget in the phablet category. This device has under its hood a 4G LTE support and alongside it is the 1.5 GHz quad-core mobile processor by Qualcomm.
With its 2GB RAM, this Pantech gadget is coming out to match the key specs and features of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II as well as the unconfirmed specs and features of the LG Optimus Vu II. One distinct feature of the Pantech Vega R3 is its 13MP rear camera. However, there are no extensive assessment on its actual performance as of yet. On the other hand, the latest info about its 5.3-inch display is that it has a high definition display screen and touts a 1280 x 720p screen resolution.
This newly-released Pantech phablet will run on Android 4.0 platform and will come with an upgrade to the Jelly Bean ver. 4.1, although the date for the said OS update is yet to be announced. Other key features of the Vega R3 include Near Field Communication, a jack for the 3.5mm headset, 16GB internal memory and 32GB of expandable memory, Google Play Store, a slot for MicroSD and Bluetooth 4.0. It is powered by a 2,600mAh battery, which offers a hefty 360 hours operating time on standby mode and over 14 hours of uninterrupted talk-time.
It also comes with other exciting features such as the “mini-window” and the “best-face” functions. This is a clear indication that the Korean electronics company is following the path of Nokia with its “Smart Group Shot.” This cutting-edge capability enables the user to pick out what he or she considers as the best shots of different persons in a single picture. In addition to these exciting functions, users can also use the mini window to access a dictionary and search for description or meaning of words on the subtitles of videos that are currently being viewed.
This Pantech device has been branded as the “best” in the quad-core smartphone segment, although this positioning may still be changed by the company with the impending release of a phablet by HTC powered by a quad-core Pro chipset and depending on how the market will respond to the Galaxy Note II with quad-core Exynos plus 4G LTE.
With the formal launch for the Vega R3 in South Korea yesterday, the schedule of its launching in other markets are expected to be announced soon. However, market experts believe that there are no indications that a version of the Pantech phablet will be released for the US market as the focus is primarily on the smaller and more competitively-priced Pantech gadgets.