As things stand now – Samsung Galaxy S3 may be THE Android phone to best by anyone, this year. Can someone do that? Soon?
It seems they can.
The challenger comes from another Korean company – Pantech. In the form of Vega S5 Android LTE smartphone. It comes with a bigger – 5” instead of 4.8” (on S3) display. But, thanks’ to a “Zero Bezel” technology, is actually narrower then Samsung’s flagship. Pantech Vega S5 is only 6.89mm wide compared to Galaxy S3’s 8.6mm. It also got a higher resolution – 13 megapixel – camera too.
The specs of Vega S5 Patech chose to reveal today include:
Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon MSM8960 CPU
Android 4.0 ICS
5” 720×1280 IPS display
13 megapixel camera with continuous autofocus and zero shutter lag
2100 mAh battery, with 11 hrs of talk time
It all sounds pretty impressive. But there’s some bad news about Vega S5 too.
First – its price. Somewhere around $800 (900K Won) in Korea.
And more bad news.
Pantech, being mostly Korean smartphone maker with very limited distribution abroad, chose to do its new flagship as an exclusive project with SK Telecom. Vega S5 comes with its own, carrier customized Android skin/apps, and chances of you getting it outside of Korea are close to nil.
Still, if Pantech can do it in Korea, maybe they’ll decide to expand with the new Galaxy S3 killer abroad too. Or someone else, like HTC or Motorola, will take a hint and release something like it this fall.