Pantech Vega Secret Up announced – high end specs, fingerprint reader and “privacy protected” display

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Pantech is ending the year with a high-end phone that will sure turn heads. The device comes with great specs on a 5.6-inch display, essentially making this a “phablet”. The most interesting features go beyond just raw specs, though. This is a bit of a special device, and not only because of its odd name.

Pantech Vega Secret Up specs

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 5.6-inch 1080p display
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 13 MP camera (with front-facing shooter)
  • 3,150 mAh battery

Not bad at all, right? Large screen, powerful processor, and awesome battery life. What else can we ask for? Let’s jump into what makes this smartphone truly unique.

Fingerprint reader

To start things off, the device comes with a fingerprint reader. We haven’t seen this feature being well-implemented yet. Even the iPhone’s fingerprint reader is faulty, according to our very own Kevin Krause. Does this mean the Secret Up’s will be as bad? We don’t know, but we have a hard time believing they can do a better job than Apple, Motorola and HTC.

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Privacy protected display?

The next feature is that one that strikes me as odd. Pantech is touting the Secret Up’s “privacy protected” display. The screen is said to only show content to the person using the phone. We are not sure what this means, but it sounds to me like a sorry excuse for covering up lack of good viewing angles.

Nothing is for sure, though. Maybe Pantech really has something up its sleve.

Sound-improving flip case

To finish things up, Pantech will also be selling a flip case that is said to amplify the device’s sound. Vibration is taken into account and it’s supposed to being a concert hall experience to the device. Again… odd, but we won’t judge until we get to test this bad boy.

Pricing and availability

Price is not yet announced, but we can’t expect the Pantech Vega Secret Up to be very affordable. We do know it will be available this month in Korea, though. The phone’s availability in other markets is still anyone’s guess, but we are almost sure this phone will not make it to the US. Most of these devices focus on Asian and European markets.

Would you get a phone with all these odd features, though? I am a bit skeptical about it.

[ZDNet Korea]

Pantech Vega Secret Up unveiled with fingerprint reader

Pantech announced the Vega Secret Note back in October and more recently, it looks like they have unveiled the next device in the Secret family. This one didn’t bring the stylus, however it did keep the fingerprint sensor on the back. The handset is the Vega Secret Up and it has a 5.6-inch display and Qualcomm processor.

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Getting specific here, the Vega Secret Up sports a 5.6-inch 1080p display and 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Some of the other specs for the handset include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage along with a 3150 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Pantech has this one running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and with a 2 megapixel camera on the front and 13 megapixel camera on the back.

Another similarity between this and the Vega Secret Note is the LTE-Advanced connectivity. That of course, is a tell as to where the handset will be available. For now, Pantech will have the Vega Secret Up available in South Korea. Pricing details have yet to be announced at this time. Looking at the Vega Secret Up in comparison to the Vega Secret Note and we find a few steps down.

The Vega Secret Note has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Otherwise, as for the ‘secret’ aspect. This comes as a privacy mode and basically means those around you will not be able to read the display. This is sort of a privacy screen that means the display is viewable for those looking directly. As well, the fingerprint scanner can also reveal hidden data and lock/unlock the device.

VIA: Engadget

Pantech Secret VEGA UP officially announced, 5.6-inch Full HD display with fingerprint scanner

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Pantech just announced a slightly smaller version of the 5.9-inch VEGA NOTE. The Secret VEGA UP sports a 5.6-inch Full HD display. quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 3,150mAh battery, LTE-A, and Android 4.2.2. Most of the specs are the same as the VEGA NOTE except for a little less RAM (2GB vs 3GB), less storage (16GB vs 32GB), and no stylus support.

The Secret VEGA UP also includes a fingerprint scanner, just like the VEGA NOTE, and includes Secret 2.0 mode, which makes the display visible to only those looking directly at it. Pantech is definitely an innovative company that I would like to see more of here in the U.S.

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Pantech prepping a 5-inch smartphone with fingerprint scanner for December launch

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Pantech is rumored to be working on another phone in their Vega lineup with a 5-inch screen and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint recognition thing seems to be the hot new feature on smartphones, since we’re seeing it on many new flagship phones and even Pantech’s Vega Secret Note. There’s not much else known about the device, except that it will likely have a full HD screen (also a standard for smartphones now) and we’re expecting a December release. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as we get closer to the launch date.

What do you guys think about fingerprint scanners? Are you happy that it seems like it’s becoming a standard feature, or does it seem gimmicky to you?

source: ETnews

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Pantech launches Vega Secret Note phablet with fingerprint scanner

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Pantech has released a new phablet device for the South Korean market, the Vega Secret Note. The 5.9-inch device comes equipped with an impressive set of hardware, including 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 1080p capable front-facing camera. The display will be capable of running full 1080p resolution and the device will come equipped with 32 GB of storage to go with the Android 4.2.2 operating system. According to Pantech’s information page, the device is capable of supporting an external hard drive up to 2TB in size.

Like any good phablet device, the Vega Secret Note comes with stylus, though in Pantech’s case they have just included a normal capacitive pen as opposed to a full digitizer. Pantech has also equipped the device with a fingerprint scanner located in the middle of the back of the device. There is no word on whether Pantech will eventually make the device available in other markets. For South Korean buyers, the Vega Secret Note is expected to sell for 900,000 won ($836 USD).

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Samsung rumored to introduce Note 3 variant with fingerprint sensor

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Rumors in Korean media suggest Samsung may release a version of the Note 3 featuring a fingerprint sensor by the end of the year.

Following the introduction of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5s, biometric authentication technology for smartphones is back in the spotlight. In Asia, Pantech and Fujitsu recently released phones that feature fingerprint scanners, while HTC is expect to offer the feature to Android users in Western markets with the upcoming One Max.

While analysts are skeptical that Samsung would jump on the fingerprint bandwagon this year, a new report from Korea’s trusted ETNews portal claims otherwise. Citing industry sources, the site claims Samsung is currently developing fingerprint recognition technology, and that the first device to use it may be a Note 3 variant.

Samsung reportedly considered equipping the Note 3 with a fingerprint scanner, but the solution provided by US-based sensor maker Validity proved unreliable, so Samsung canned the feature at the last minute.

“If things go as planned, Samsung Electronics will finish development of the fingerprint recognition system by the end of the year” said an insider cited by ETNews. Samsung is reportedly developing the technology independently, but specialists CrucialTec and Parton may enter the supply channel.

Samsung is looking for a way to differentiate its solution, to avoid accusations of copying

Samsung is said to be looking for a way to differentiate its solution, to avoid accusations of copycatting. Apple integrated the sensor in the home button, while Pantech and HTC put it on the phone’s back, leaving Samsung little choice for an original design. The tech giant is reportedly considering putting the sensor of the phone’s side, though that poses technical challenges due to the small available space.

The Note 3 just became widely available in stores and the Galaxy Round, built on the same hardware platform, was announced yesterday as the first phone to feature a plastic-based display. Samsung may be opting for the same strategy it used with the Galaxy S4, to release an entire family of products based on the Note 3.

Interesting in fingerprint sensor technology? We take a close look at how fingerprint scanners work here.

Pantech Vega Secret Note goes official, touts privacy features

Just yesterday, we got hold of some leaked photos of the upcoming Pantech Vega Note. That smartphone has become official today and we’re discovering that the stylus-enabled Pantech Vega Secret Note sports some rather intriguing features indeed.

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It is unsurprising that the Pantech Vega Secret Note runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. However, it comes with a RAM size of 3 GB, which is not that common but is quite in line with its rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. And indeed, this device also sports an almost similar looking stylus which Pantech calls, unsurprisingly, the V Pen. The Vega Secret Note does sport a larger 5.9-inch display that still keeps the 1920×1080 Full HD resolution. It sports a 13 megapixel camera at the back and a 2 megapixel one on the front. It has 32 GB of storage but, quite surprisingly, also has USB host mode right off the bat, giving it access to external storage capacities of up to 2 TB.

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Of course, the Pantech Vega Secret Note’s utterly long name would be useless without its special privacy and security features. As seems to be the fad these days, the Vega Secret Note has a fingerprint sensor on its rear. But aside from simply unlocking the device, it also serves as a way to reveal a hidden set of data such as phonebook entries, photos, videos, music, and others. The smartphone also some other interesting features such as LTE-A support, TV viewing via Korea’s DMB technology, and a custom tile-based homescreen launcher that looks quite similar to some other mobile operating system.

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There is no information on date or carrier availability yet, but the Pantech Vega Secret Note is said to be priced at 900,000 won, or around $840. The smartphone also has a cover accessory that sports a small window where you can use the stylus to write notes on the smartphone, similar to what Samsung also has for its own stylus-enabled phablet.

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SOURCE: Pantech

Pantech Vega Note image leak reveals stylus and fingerprint sensor

The Pantech Vega Note may not be getting quite the same attention as the HTC One Max, however it appears as if some new images of the handset have surfaced online. The pics show what is believed to be a 5.9-inch device and confirm a feature that will have it competing directly with another oversized smartphone. The feature is a digital pen and that other handset is the Galaxy Note 3.

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Granted, without getting hands-on with the Vega Note we cannot say whether or not Pantech will have the same level of software integration, but as we can see from the image sitting above — the stylus tucks away in a manner similar to the Galaxy Note 3. Interestingly enough, this leaked image does seem to be matching up with the render we saw on the invitation Pantech sent out earlier in the month.

That invite had a render of the handset that showed the camera with flash and a space in the middle that was covered up. It was said that covered spot was a fingerprint sensor and a fingerprint on the bottom right of the invitation seemed to have backed that up. Well, these leaked images are showing what would appear to be a fingerprint sensor. But similar to the lack of software connection to the stylus, we have yet to see what functionality that fingerprint sensor will bring.

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According to that event invite, Pantech should be announcing the Vega Note on October 10th. And in the meantime, the still rumored specs are pointing towards a handset with a 5.9-inch display, quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

There has also been some chatter suggesting options for 16GB or 32GB of storage, LTE-A connectivity and a 3100 mAh battery with a fast charge feature. The fast charge is said to allow users to fully charge the battery in just 94 minutes. While these specs are still considered rumor, they should be confirmed tomorrow.

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Pantech Vega Note 5.9-inch announcement expected soon

Pantech appears ready to announce the 5.9-inch Vega Note. Event invitations have recently been sent ahead of an October 10th announcement. The specs have yet to be fully detailed for the Vega Note, however it is expected to arrive sharing many of the same features as the recently announced Vega LTE-A. And yes, that includes a fingerprint reader on the backside of the handset.

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The fingerprint reader is teased in the event invite. Otherwise, the invite only offers a look at the upper half of the back of the handset. The wax seal shown in the invite is believed to be hiding that fingerprint reader, at least based on reports coming from the Korean press. Otherwise, the Vega Note is expected to bring features to include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and running Android 4.2.2 with LTE-A support.

That last bit should offer some idea in terms of a release. Or in other words, we are not expecting this to see a widespread global release. Similar to the Vega LTE-A, the Vega Note will likely be available only for those in Korea. While display size seems to be growing, not every phablet sized phone has a stylus. Pantech is expected to have a stylus included with the Vega Note though.

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Some of the other specs are still missing from the rumors, however given the other similarities with the Vega LTE-A — we may be able to look towards that model for some hints. Or at the very least, for some hope. The Vega LTE-A also has a 3100 mAh battery with a feature called fast charge. This is said to allow the user to fully charge the battery in just 94 minutes.

Otherwise, the Vega LTE-A also has options for 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and color options to include black and white. Lastly, the Vega LTE-A was also announced with some accessories. One of those was a smart cover that is similar to what we recently saw from LG and basically means you will be able to get some notifications and alerts even without opening the cover. Of course, that isn’t the first smart cover we have seen, Samsung also has a similar offering for what appears to be a competing device — the Galaxy Note 3.

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Pantech Vega Iron: Samsung Galaxy S4 competitor has name, launch date

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More details about the Pantech Vega Iron, the “bezel-less” device considered by many to be a serious competitor for the Samsung Galaxy S4, have emerged.

As you may remember, some details had been rumored already about the new device, but now Pantech’s flagship has a name: the Pantech Vega Iron. The new device is expected to launch, according to the invitation you can see above, on April 18th.

My Drivers, the site that posted the invitation to the Pantech event, says that the new device’s design will be narrower than the one of the Galaxy S4 – its width will be 7.9 milimeters, as compared to the 8.8 milimeters of the S4. This should be achieved by using the “bezel-less” design that was mentioned in the previous report for the 5-inch Full HD screen. GizChina suggests that the design will be similar to recent Nokia devices, but we’ll have to wait a few more days to see exactly what Pantech has in store for us.

As far as specifications go, the source mentions a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 2GB of RAM memory, as well as a 13-megapixel camera, with the battery being a 2150mAh one, as previously reported. The new smartphone will run Android 4.1.2.

With Pantech a big name in its native South Korea, making pretty interesting devices (such as the Vega No. 6), we can just hope that they start getting them to the rest of the world, too.