New Android Phone-makers Breaking the Monopolies

2014 is the year when there is no scarcity of upcoming Android phones and unlike always it is not the monopoly of Samsung, HTC and Sony LG. E.g. Oppo Find 7 has its own version of a 2K display and Vivo has given a way to the QHD (2560 x 1440) resolution screen. Plenty of Chinese and Indian brands too have arrived and are gradually stretching their operations from their domestic markets to other markets abroad.

Xiaomi and Huawei are perhaps the most successful at present, since both the phone manufacturers make first-rate smartphones at reasonable prices.

If we consider the Korean market, it is obviously dominated by two giant players in electronics – LG and Samsung. However, it seems that the phone manufacturer Pantech might be breaking the trend as its new phablet is in the pipeline.

In 2013, the Korean manufacturer launched Pantech Vega which seemed to be proving a killer for a Galaxy Note 3. It sported similar specifications as that of the Samsung phablet, but was limited to Korea only.

Now apparently the player is serious once again on a phablet.

As per a report by GSM Arena, a new handset by Pantech, nicknamed as Pantech Vega IM-A920S Pop Up Note is gossiped to be making its entry to the market soon. The report shows the handset to be sturdy and decent, courtesy its metal frame and a robust-looking back cover to safeguard from slips.

However, while the phone is likely to be a competitor for the Galaxy Note 4 regarding specifications, the phablet by Pantech instantly concedes with its old specifications. It just features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, Adreno 330 and a quad-core CPU operating at 2.3GHz.

Well, it has a RAM of 2GB similar to that of Galaxy S5, but at the 5.5-inch of screen, it definitely is in a different class altogether. Apart from the specs, other features are 16GB internal memory, a 13MP primary cam, 2MP front snapper, Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat and a glorious-looking black-&-white color scheme out of the box. The hardware features include the typical characters to Korean devices, i.e. TV antenna and fingerprint sensor. Interesting enough is that the antenna seems to share the same slot like the pop up stylus. The latter dubbed the phablet so because it pops up from the top through a dedicated side button.

All in all, Pantech Vega IM-A920S Pop Up Note seems to be directly competing with Samsung Galaxy Note 3. But looking at the arrival of Samsung Galaxy Note 4 just around the corner, it is unsure that the featureful IM-A920S will help its besieged market much in the competitive atmosphere of today.