Pantech Announces Quad-Core Vega R3 Phablet

Pantech, which is no stranger to making smartphones with larger displays, is readying a quad-core competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note II in the form of the Vega R3, a device with a 5.3-inch display size placing it squarely in the phablet category. The Pantech Vega R3 will likely have to compete against the Galaxy Note II, the LG Optimus Vu II, and a new and unannounced HTC phablet when it launches.

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The Pantech Vega R3 follows the Pantech Vega S5 in the phablet space.

According to a Pantech, the device will feature 4G LTE support and will be paired with Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile processor. The device will have 2 GB RAM, matching the specs of the Galaxy Note II and the rumored specs for the LG Optimus Vu II. However, the device will feature a 13-megapixel rear camera, though it’s unclear how image quality will stack up at this time. The 5.3-inch display will be a high definition screen.

The phablet will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is said to be offered an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at a later date. The device will be launched in South Korea and it’s unclear if it will be released to other markets.

According to¬†Unwired View, Pantech is calling the Vega R3 as “the best existing quad-core smartphone.” It’s unclear how this will be changed with the rumored HTC phablet that’s going to be released with a quad-core S4 Pro chipset or the quad-core Exynos + 4G LTE Galaxy Note II. For its part, Google may also be looking to explore the phablet space. The HTC device is rumored to be dubbed the Nexus 5 at launch, though that is unconfirmed at this time.

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