1 0 Korea gets a new smartphone to play with, courtesy of Pantech

If it wasn't already clear enough, Google's free Android operating system is definitely on a roll in terms of market share and adoption, and it seems that such a trend is set to continue well into 2011, at least in Korea. Pantech, a well-known Korean handset OEM, has just announced the release of its new Vega S smartphone as its latest contribution to the ever-growing market share of the Android platform.

1 0 Korea gets a new smartphone to play with, courtesy of Pantech

Remember how we spoke about a certain phone from the likes of a certain company which broke the mould on smartphone hardware components by making use of standard DDR2 memory found in PCs as part of the former's hardware specifications? As outlandish as it might sound, that company claimed that doing so allowed consumers to experience a significant performance boost of almost 1.5s faster than the average smartphone.

Fast forward to the present, and it appears that the aforementioned company is back to pick up from where it left off with its previous smartphones. Indeed, Pantech has just announced the introduction of its new Vega S smartphone which, just like its predecessors, makes use of PC-grade DDR2 memory chips for that added performance boost.

pantech1 Korea gets a new smartphone to play with, courtesy of Pantech

According to the company's press release, the new Vega S smartphone will feature hardware that is specially geared towards high-performance smartphone computing. Providing the Vega S's computational power is the well-known Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-a-chip which will feature a 1.2GHz processor core, which in turn drives the smartphone's four-inch WVGA (800 x 480) 'electrostatic' touchscreen. Last but definitely not least, Pantech has also confirmed that the Vega S will support HSPA+ data connectivity with download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps and HD video calls.

Sounds great, does it not? Well, here lies the kicker: the Pantech Vega S is carrier-locked to Korea's Sky service provider. So don't bother with pestering your Korean friend on MSN to get one for you: it's just not going to work.

Source: Pantech