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Pantech unveils 5.9-inch full HD smartphone

All Headlines 13:53 January 28, 2013

By Lee Minji

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean handset maker Pantech Corp. on Monday unveiled its 5.9-inch full HD display "Vega No. 6" in a move to jump-start demand for smartphones with bigger and more vivid screens.

The Vega No. 6 runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean platform and features a natural IPS Pro Full HD liquid-crystal display, which is the biggest full HD display packed on locally-released smartphones, according to Pantech.

The company said the display enables a screen quality that is 2.3 times sharper than existing HD displays, adding the 5.9-inch size is optimized for users to enjoy full HD quality.

"Last year, long-term evolution (LTE) and quad-core were the keywords for competition. We thought the next trend would full HD displays," company vice president Lee Jun-woo told reporters.

Pantech said the Vega No. 6 packs a 13 megapixel camera and a "V touch" feature that allows users to access various features by controlling a touch panel located on the back of the device.

The handset maker plans to roll out the phone via the country's three major mobile operators starting next month. It did not announce a schedule for overseas release.

"We sold roughly 800,000-900,000 units of the Vega R3. For the Vega No. 6, we plan to sell more than that," Lee said, referring to the company's flagship LTE phone that was launched last year.

The Vega No. 6 launch comes as handset makers are ramping up competition with phablets, a hybrid between smartphones and tablet computers.

Top smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co. has introduced the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2, while LG Electronics Inc. has rolled out the 5-inch Optimus Vu.

Earlier this month, LG also announced plans to launch the Optimus G Pro, a follow-up model to its flagship Optimus G phone. The smartphone, which is likely to be launched locally in the first quarter, is set to pack a 5.5-inch full HD display.

mil@yna.co.kr
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