Pantech to release dual-core 1.5GHz smartphone with 4.5 inch 720p display

March 15, 2012
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Pantech, the number two smartphone manufacturer in South Korea, is set to release its flagship device, the IM-A830S. While details of the upcoming smartphone haven’t been officially announced, the specs of the phone appeared on GLBenchmark website.

In fact, this phone is virtually identical to the Pantech Vega, pictured above, that was released in Korea in late October. The two contain very similar specs, so it’s likely that Pantech has just manufactured this one for European and North American carriers.  Here’s a video from mid October, demonstrating the latest motion control technologies they embedded into the phone in Korea.

Anyway, back to the IM-A830S. The benchmark website provides some revelation about the innards of it, which apparently includes a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 processor running at 1.5GHz, and a 1280 x 720 HD resolution. While the screen size at this point is still unknown, it is likely to be 4.5 inches, much like the already on the market Vega. The model on the benchmark runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, so we can expect the phone to ship with it out of the box, too.

We last heard from Pantech when they released the Pantech Burst smartphone and Pantech Element tablet. Two devices that didn’t exactly set the Android world alight, but packed enough punches to deem them memorable. Seeing that the Pantech Burst comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, we can expect the new model to have a bigger screen.

As has been the case with Pantech previously, there is no word yet on the release date of the Pantech IM-A830S in North America, as the company is reportedly focusing on local markets for now. Personally, I think that Pantech could be one of the best manufacturers to produce a high on features, and high on value oriented handset that could be a big seller, if it were priced right.

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