Pantech Vega R3 phablet with a Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
Except for the almost “frightening” titles of both- the device and the chipset, the newly announced phoneblet (Hello! A new term rises!) features an equally impressive 5.3″ Natural IPS Pro LCD screen of 720p resolution, and Qualcomm’s monster Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset. The device is compact, features “Zero Bezel Tech”, is 9.95mm thick, and weighs 169g.
It is the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that surely is one of the headline-grabbing features of the Pantech Vega R3. It packs four Krait CPU cores clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 GPU. It should readily tackle Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Vu. There are only two other mobile devices that use the S4 Pro chipset – the LG Optimus G and the Xiaomi Mi-Two.
The battery that powers the chipset and the big screen is a 2,600mAh “super battery pack”, which promises 14 hours and 30 minutes of talk time, and to charge it there is a 2 port 2A charger.
The back camera of the Vega R3 does 13MP stills and features the modern “Best Face” functionality – the Scalado-like approach of taking multiple shots and combining the best facial expression for each person into a single photo.
The phoneblet also packs extensive connectivity features – LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s a microSD card to expand the built-in memory.
The Pantech Vega R3 is available through the three South Korean carriers starting today. It’s launching with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich but a Jelly Bean update is also in the cards.