Pantech’s Vega Racer 2 crams a 4.8-inch 720p display into a ceramic body


Pantech isn't a name we usually associate with premium mobile devices, but like Huawei and Panasonic, the company seems eager to get in to the very profitable smartphone industry. Previously, Pantech has released mostly feature phones (other than the Vega LTE), but the Korean company recently announced a new device called the Pantech Vega Racer 2, which despite the awkward name looks good enough to go up against the heavyweights of the Android world.

Most importantly, the Racer brings to the table a 4.8-inch 720p display, which puts it nicely between the Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note in terms of size. Powering everything is the dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor, probably clocked at 1.5GHz. It may be "only" a dual-core, but it is the latest 28nm technology from Qualcomm, which should make it plenty fast for regular use. Connectivity includes the standard Wifi, GPS, FM radio, and Korean LTE bands, and everything is wrapped in what Pantech claims is the first ceramic body on a mobile device.

It's not clear what software Pantech plans to use, but considering that past Vega phones have been powered by Android it seems fairly safe to assume that the trend will continue. Provided that it does run Android, the Racer 2 should prove to be a very good device. Unfortunately, the Vega line has traditionally been restricted to Korea, but Pantech does sell some phones in the states. Perhaps if we are lucky, they will bring it to the US, but if not you can always import it from Korea when it is released later this month.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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