720p seems to be the sweet spot for upcoming Android superphones: Both the Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime and the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE have a 720p screen, and the Galaxy Note bumps it up to 1280 x 800. Add another to the list with the Pantech Vega LTE. The newest from the South Korean manufacturer has a 4.5-inch display showing off the best of Gingerbread. Pantech’s translation is a little rough, but based on some quick measurements, it looks like the screen will be a full 16:10, 1280 x 800 panel.
Other specs include a zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1Gb of RAM, 4G/LTE data speeds, a sizable 1860 mAh battery and 16GB of on-board storage. Like other Pantech phones, there appear to be some modifications to the UI, and users can control certain functions with hand gestures via the front-facing camera. All this is crammed into a svelte 9.35mm body. T-DMB mobile TV viewing and an NFC payment chip don’t hold a whole lot of sway in the American market, but they’re must haves for Korea, where SK Telecom will debut the Vega LTE later this month
The Vega LTE isn’t slated for release anywhere outside South Korea at the moment. That doesn’t mean that is won’t ever see the light of a Western sun, but considering that Pantech is focusing on the mid-range of the smartphone market in the US, it’s not especially likely, either. Pantech’s latest in the US, the Breakout for Verizon, is roughly equal in specs to the original Galaxy S.[via Geeky Gadgets]