Pantech 1.5 Ghz dual-core phone in Korea only – but why?

May 18, 2011
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If you are like me and have been watching for all of the latest dual-core phones coming out lately, you'll probably wonder the same thing as me regarding this next phone. It sure sounds like a beast. Pantech plans to release the worlds first dual-core 1.5 Ghz smartphone called the Vega Racer. The only thing is for now it seems to be at their home in Korea only. They are well known in those parts but not so much in the West. I'm wondering why they have the speed burst, but we don't.

Pantech's looking to ship later this month on SK-Telecom, it's got some serious power under the screen with Qualcomm's MSM8660 Snapdragon chip, 1GB RAM, and Adreno 220 GPU. For those that might not follow all the details that far, the MSM8660 Snapdragon is the same chip in HTC's upcoming EVO 3D, and Sensation 4G, but both of those have been scaled down to a slower 1.2 Ghz

So my question remains, why can't we get that same speed here in the U.S.? Does Pantech know something we dont, or are they just pushing the limit a bit more than HTC would like. I have a feeling it is because of the handset market need and timing here. HTC can release a slew of devices at 1.2 Ghz, then again release a few more beasts like the HTC G-Infinity later and have it sporting a 1.5 Ghz CPU upgrade for everyone to drool over again. They better hurry though because that Tegra 3 is just around the corner.

[via Engadget]


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  • http://profiles.google.com/s1ugh34d Thew Raslletem

    It’s called the FCC, and scaling to make more money. One day the cell phone companies will be just like AMD and intel, and the CPU will just be a part that is already clocked from the company that made it. Phone are looking like computers more and more daily. But until they let loose and give us full control, instead of slowly releasing speeds and graphic drivers(HTC)  I am displeased with the market. The tablets are the same way, if a phone that weighs 125g can have dual core, a tablet that is over 5 times bigger, can have a quad…EASILY… I hate throttled launches for deep pocket filling.

  • Catdecorator

    It looks just lounge a iphone?…at first thought out was

  • Anonymous

     Does this mean if they somehow did manage to get root in the HTC Sensation that a 1.5 Ghz overclock would be easy peasy?