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Pantech unveils LTE-A smartphone

All Headlines 09:37 August 06, 2013

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- Pantech Co., South Korea's smallest smartphone maker, on Tuesday unveiled its latest device that runs on the next-generation mobile network, called Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A).

The Vega LTE-A with a Full HD 5.6-inch display is equipped with the quad-core Snapdragon 800 and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The device is also equipped with some sort of a touchpad on its back that will allow users to easily control it with one hand, and also features a fingerprint recognition that allows a user to unlock and operate the device.

The gadget will hit the local shelves around mid-August, it said.

Pantech will be the third company in the country after its bigger rivals -- Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. -- to roll out smartphones running on LTE-A.

For the first time in the world, SK Telecom, the country's top mobile operator, introduced the so-called LTE-Advanced mobile network in the country in June this year, offering speeds twice as fast as the existing mobile network.

Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, released the Galaxy S4 LTE-A in June, the world's first phone optimized to work on the LTE-Advanced network.

LG Electronics Co., the world's third-largest smartphone maker, is also set to release its LTE-A smartphone this week.

sam@yna.co.kr
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