We’ve been eagerly anticipating the first flagship smartphone with a built-in fingerprint scanner. Some reports have suggested that would be the iPhone 5S this fall, while others believed LG’s upcoming G2 might narrowly beat Apple to it. But it appears Pantech has beaten them to the punch.
The South Korean company has just announced the Pantech Vega LTE-A, which boasts high-end specifications inside a pretty attractive package. Not only is it one of the few high-end devices compatible with Korea’s new LTE-Advanced networks, but it’s also the only one with a fingerprint scanner on its back.
Pantech announced a brand new smartphone for AT&T earlier this week, and it appears the Korean manufacturer also has something up its sleeve for Verizon. The device you see pictured above is the Pantech Perception, and it’s set to make its debut this quarter. Like the Pantech Discovery for AT&T, we’re expecting a 720p display, a speedy dual-core processor, and indeed an attractive price tag.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show has already seen the unveiling of several impressive Android handsets, including the Sony Xperia Z, the Huawei Ascend D2, and the Pantech Discover. But we haven’t quite seen them all yet. Lenovo just announced a new smartphone of its own, and it’s quite a looker. Equipped with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, the K900 is yet another “phablet,” but unlike the rest, this one’s equipped with an Intel Atom processor.
Strong sales of the iPhone 5 have helped Apple grab more than a quarter of the global LTE device market last quarter, despite the handset’s short time on sale. The Cupertino company now commands 27% of the market share, while arch rival Samsung’s 40% share means it maintains the top spot for the seventh quarter in a row.
However, increasing competition from its rivals means Samsung’s share has quickly slipped by more than 10% from 50.9% in the previous quarter.
It’s been about two weeks since we saw AT&T announce its future lineup of phones and tablets at CES, and today they have announced the availability of their Pantech duo: the Pantech Burst and Element. The first South Korean device to enter the lightweight division come in at just 4’, and is called the Pantech Burst. The Burst features:
While most companies are going to wait until CES to launch their newest products, AT&T appears to have other plans. BGR has received word that AT&T plans to lanuch the Pantech Element this Sunday, ahead of CES. This 8’ 4G LTE device will features an IP578 waterproof rating (which means splash resistant, not waterproof) along with: