Samsung Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Vu beware, the newly announced Pantech Vega R3 is gunning for your head. The phoneblet features a 5.3" Natural IPS Pro LCD screen of 720p resolution and Qualcomm's monster Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset.
Pantech is the latest company to develop a dislike for bezels and the Vega R3 features "Zero Bezel Tech". It keeps the phone compact and "provides optimum grip for a typical Korean hand." The phoneblet is 9.95mm thick and weighs 169g.
The Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset 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. Charging the battery back up will be pretty quick too, with the 2A charger - it takes about 100 minutes according to Pantech. It's a 2 port charger too, so you can plug in the phone along with a spare battery.
The camera on the back of the Vega R3 does 13MP stills and features "Best Face" functionality - the now familiar 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 in the cards too.
Thanks, Adil for the tip!