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Pantech Vega R3 is another beast of a 5 inch smartphone, but do you care?

The Pantech Vega series hasn’t exactly been known to set the mobile world on fire but the OEM looks to be bringing some major heat soon. The Pantech Vega R3 will come to town with a 5.3 inch display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, a 13 megapixel HD camera with a 2MP front-facing camera, and more.

This configuration directly threatens the likes of the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but as great as it sounds on paper there is reason to be skeptical of its clout.

For starters, we’ll be lucky to see this thing launch outside of Asia. Pantech’s better phones tend to be limited to a handful of regions, with only entry level and mid-range offerings to be had elsewhere.

It’s also hard to pass up on the Samsung or LG names, or any other high profile manufacturer that comes out with comparable devices. I don’t know about you, but I have a certain level of trust for each OEM and Pantech isn’t exactly near the top.

That said, we can’t judge the device before we’ve had a chance to play with it so we’ll stop right there. The device will be available in South Korea from all major carriers. What’s the word on this one, folks? [via Unwired View]

Continue reading on the Pantech Vega R3 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • ogurlpls

    I’m glad bigger screens are becoming more popular :)

    • bmg314

      Me too! 5″ is becoming the new standard/sweet spot. Naysayers will hopefully eventually get used to it, just like they did when we went from 3.7″ to 4.3″.

      • No_Nickname90

        Leave my sight. My E4GT is just right. Any bigger and it becomes a little ridiculous. Although I can see me having one. LoL!! But now that I have the Nexus 7, I don’t see any reason for me to get one since my N7 can fit in my pocket. =.P

        On a side note, my geek side wants the Galaxy Note 2. =.P
        Curses!! >=.o

  • mike

    That kind of spec nexus device made by HTC with an aluminium shell is what I want.

  • LawrenceMcatee

    I will say I gave them a Milligan and let them start over. immediately after they released the burst, the first free lte device on att and lackluster as it is, it was still fast and user friendly now we have the flex which is honestly.a.cool little phone I have been using it for two weeks now and its actually nice. I have high hopes for pantech to become a big player and with specs.latching the rumored Asus padphone, note 2, and HTC incred x 5 or whatever it will be called, this will be a big step.

    • RussianDroid

      Whether its punctuation or something else, but for some reason reading your comment broke my brain a little. I’ve reread your comment and it makes sense now, I’m just slow today or it might be my cold. My apologies.

      I completely agree though that Pantech should step up and start competing with the big boys for a change. Especially on North American market, as most people don’t even know who Pantech is or what they make in that region.

      • LawrenceMcatee

        No worries, I typed that out on my phone and it changed a lot around!
        But I do hope we see pantech moving forward like this in the future, they have the abilities and the creativity!

  • surethom

    Phone of 5″ are just to dig, some people like then & thats fine but can we please have some flagship phones with 4.5″ ish screens MAX.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    Well, the Pantech Breakout and Marauder both made it to Verizon and aren’t half bad pricing/spec-wise.

    It would be nice to see Pantech bringing the heat with an actual high-end phone to make the other guys sweat. The speedy evolution of Android has always been thanks to its own competition.

  • Frettfreak

    I am so sick of hearing about 5″ phones. Why can’t they make a flagship phone that is around 4.5. THis is just ridiculous and I think they bare going to hurt themselves more than not if this 5″ crap keeps up. Soooo sick of hit

    • http://twitter.com/SpamStream lolwut

      They already have: the Galaxy S3, HTC One X

      Do these not meet your criteria for “flagship” phones?

      • RussianDroid

        He probably means future flagship phones. Since both of those are more
        than a few month old. Heh. That sounded funny, but in my opinion 3-4
        month is enough time to out-date a phone a bit. Especially if you have an
        upgrade with your carrier coming this fall/winter. It is unlikely that
        you’ll be considering spring’s phones as your candidates for an upgrade.

    • BLADESMAN1889

      says he who still has 18 mths left on his SGS 2 :–)

  • Matt S

    I have a 4.5″ phone and I would be happy to have a bigger screen.

  • hkklife

    I would avoid Pantech like the PLAGUE. Look on their FB page for tons of complaints from users frustrated with the utter lack of promised for ICS updartes to a number of devices (namely the Burst and Element tablet). The carriers seem to love ‘em (probably because Pantech sells devices to the carriers for ridiculously low prices and never bothers with support).

    I got my mom an Element tablet earlier in the year after the “promise” that it would get LTE and an admittedly nice set of specs and build quality for its price. But it’s so glitchy and buggy with its current GB build and there’s no sign of ICS on the horizon. I definitey recommend staying FAR away from their products. Android OS updates are a tenuous situation at best even on flagship devices from first-tier companies and carriers. Not worth taking a gamble from a no-name with a horrible track record like Pantech.

  • Justin glass

    OK a few five inchers fine.. 5 or 6 and it gets crowded please 4.3-4.7 we dontvall have Godzilla hands

  • http://twitter.com/nrbovee n.r. bovee

    That picture has a rectangular body with rounded corners-are you sure it’s not an iPhone?

  • http://twitter.com/iLoveLiveUnique Nathan Bryant

    Nice specs and all, but the UI alone makes me overlook it. Yea, you can root and what not, but I first need to like a phone as is. I don’t like the design either. I rather have something edge to edge if the screen is going to be that big.

  • WhoaManWtF

    I’d rock this over a big brand if the price was right.

  • AJA0

    I don’t think anything can drag me away from the sweetness that will be the Galaxy Note 2.

  • deh2002

    I’d buy it if the screen is hd and it has expandable storage. Come to att with quad core and lte and gain some dev support on xda and I’m all in.

  • ari_free

    I always care that new tech is pushed into the android ecosystem

  • DarrenR

    No thank you.

  • LjHe80

    The main reason for me to buy a phone is how much support it has on XDA.

  • scoter man1

    I’d rather the G Note 2 if its gonna be that big. It has the smart stylus! I kind of feel like its in a slightly different league than the Optimus G. I realize they are only .6″ off of each other, but that makes a pretty big difference when we are talking ~5″. 4.7″ would make the Optimus G much more portable.

  • T_Dizzle

    I’m all for it, bring on the big screen goodness. I have large hands so I love all the talk of the new phones with the big screens. I remember when htc was bringing the incredible lots of people were writing them off as nobodies and bam one of the biggest support communities. If its hardware is good enough rom junkies like me will buy it.

  • toomuchgame441

    This phone would be perfect if it was was 2.8inches

  • No_Nickname90

    These cool phones never come to the US. LoL!! But people out the US don’t get some cool features wii get. So I guess it evens out.

  • jonson

    note 2 rulz!!!