Do you remember how excited we all were when we first heard word about 1080p smartphones? It was like we were seven again, it was Christmas morning, and, instead getting the same old candy canes and toy cars as always, we got… ponies.
I mean, sweets and toys were fine too, but getting a pony was the dream. Like seeing a Full HD smartphone seemed the dream in the tech world a while back. But then everyone got a pony and it suddenly started to feel less special. Like ponies were the new candy canes.
Still, if there’s anyone out there in the market for a “pony” and somehow HTC’s Droid DNA, Sony’s Xperia Z, Huawei’s Ascend D2 and all the others don’t feel like the one, you might want to meet the Pantech Vega No. 6 as well.
The newest Full HD phone has been unveiled in Korea just moments ago. As expected, the big guy crosses the very thin line between phone and tablet, boasting a humongous 5.9-inch display. It’s more like a one-year old stallion than a pony if you will, although it falls short of the world’s biggest “phablet” title (that still goes to Huawei’s Ascend Mate).
But talk is cheap, especially when our pony metaphor is getting old, which is why we’d rather just give you the thing you’re most interested in – Pantech Vega No.6’s specs:
- 5.9-inch Natural IPS Pro LCD panel with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution
- 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of on-board storage
- MicroSDXC support for expanding the memory up to 2 TB (note that the best current MicroSDXC cards on the market hold up to 256GB)
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Flux UX
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 2 MP front-facing camera
- 4G LTE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
- GPS, T-DMB, USB 2.0
- 3,140 mAh battery
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass
- 158.6 x 83.2 x 9.9 mm dimensions
- 209 grams weight
And now, something that I know you’re even more interested in – pricing. According to official sources, the 5.9-incher will start selling in Korea next month for 849,000 won, or around $795. That’s the outright price, of course, with SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ all set to offer the beast in subsidized flavors as well.
But how about the rest of the world? Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath. Pantech is not exactly a household name in the industry outside Asia, so we don’t think they’ll be taking a risk with the Mambo No.5 Vega No.6 in the US or Europe. Then again, after Discover’s debut on AT&T, the company’s reputation in the States seems to have gotten a major boost, so why not allow ourselves to dream?
The other more important question we have to answer is whether or not the Vega No.6 can perform against the other 1080p “stallions”. There’s nothing special about this bad boy when it comes to its CPU, GPU, RAM, software, cameras or connectivity options, whereas the battery sounds okay, but not great.
The microSD support is definitely a plus, while the design is mediocre at best. We don’t have anything against the way the Vega looks in the official pics, but what’s up with that weight? 209 grams? That’s massive, folks. Not to mention we’re still not taken with the idea of carrying a 5.9-inch slab of silicon around. Or are you?