In spite of a rumor bonanza that has started many months ago, you can still count the number of official Snapdragon 800-powered devices on one hand. Not to mention that technically there’s only one such gadget people can score – the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A in Korea.
But fret not, as the S4 LTE-A is to get some competition in less than a week. And who better to provide said competition than the second best-selling handset maker in Sammy’s homeland? No, I’m not talking about Apple, HTC, Sony or LG, but Pantech, an OEM that’s sadly still viewed as an underdog on the Western hemisphere.
Pantech’s next flagship phone is reportedly to be called simply the Vega LTE-A and, according to reports in the Korean media, it will be officially announced come August 5. Based on previous unveilings of high-end devices like the Vega No. 6 or Vega Iron, we think it won’t take Pantech very long to put the Vega LTE-A up for grabs, so chances are it’ll start selling before the LG G2 or Sony Honami. Maybe even before Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra.
Several Vega LTE-A features have already been revealed, including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and an odd-sounding 5.6-inch Full HD LCD screen.
LTE-Advanced support is obviously set in stone too, while in terms of actual innovations Pantech is rumored to equip this upcoming Full HD monster with some sort of a touchpad on its back that will allow users to easily control it with one hand.
Sounds intriguing, but sadly there are very slim chances of ever seeing this thing make its way to Western shores. And between this and the imminent Xiaomi Red Rice launch in China, I’m really starting to get pissed at how spoiled Asian tech lovers are.