updated 07:00 pm EDT, Wed May 18, 2011
Pantech Vega Racer touts dual 1.5GHz Snapdragon
Pantech has unveiled a new flagship smartphone that could give it a rare speed edge in the smartphone world. The Vega Racer should be the first to use Qualcomm's dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8660 and outpace even 1.2GHz dual-core phones like the HTC Evo 3D. The chip's inherently much faster Adreno 220 graphics could give it an edge in visuals not normally associated with Snapdragon chips.
The Vega Racer should be a high-end phone apart from the processor, centering on a 4.3-inch, 480x800 screen. Pantech is promising 1GB of RAM as well as a rear eight-megapixel camera and a front 1.3-megapixel camera. In spite of being just 0.35 inches thick, it will have a 1,650mAh battery that should give it a long life.
Pantech is giving the phone a customized version of Android with an iPhone-like fixed set of bottom icons.
Shipments start later this month for Korea, where it will appear before the end of May on SK-Telecom's Sky badge. A US launch if it comes hasn't been mentioned so far. The company has teased that it's working on a tablet and progress is in "full swing" for an arrival sometime in the future. [via Engadget]