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Pantech IM-A830S leaks in benchmarks with Android 4.0

Here's an interesting one for your morning Android news digest: a high-end Pantech phone has leaked out in a series of pre-release sordid details. The IM-A830S doesn't have a proper name just yet, but it does have a series of impressive specifications, starting with Android 4.0.3 loaded at launch - whenever that is. Blog of Mobile spotted the phone sitting in a benchmark pool along with a series of impressive hardware specifications. While this shouldn't be considered any sort of confirmation, it's a definite indication of exciting things coming out of Pantech.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 goes to South Korea with LTE and voice calling

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 has been one of the companies most hotly-anticipated tablets, due in no small part to its 7.7-inch Super AMOLED screen. While WiFi versions have been available for some time in Europe and the US has an LTE version from Verizon, Samsung's home country of South Korea has been sadly bereft of a 7.7 model of its own. Until now: Samsung announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE is coming to South Korea from SK Telecom. It'll be priced at 800,000 won without a contract, or just a little north of $700 USD.

Galaxy S II ICS update leaked for March 13th on SK Telecom

Tired of the back-and-forth from Samsung on the release of the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its flagship Galaxy S II? Then how about some back-and-forth from  a Korean wireless carrier? SK Telecom, one of the largest wireless providers' in Samsung's home country of South Korea, tweeted out that updates for its Galaxy S II owners would begin tomorrow, March 13th (which is just a few hours away, with the time difference). Unfortunately, the tweet was deleted almost immediately. It said that the update would begin at 10 AM local time.

LG Optimus Vu available now in South Korea: start saving your Won

The second of a growing crop of massive smartphones is now available to purchase where you live! As long as you live in South Korea. The LG Optimus Vu and its odly square screen hits the homeland today, where eager Android fans can pick it up for a song and 999,900 won, or about nine hundred American greenbacks. Even for a country that loves its smartphones and loves home-grown LG, that's a stagerringly expensive price, novel form factor notwithstanding.

Cowon extends its PMP line with Z2 Plenue

Believe it or don't, there's still plenty of people out there who just want a little flexible media playing in their mobile device, and at least six or seven of them haven't already bought an iPod Touch. For that market, Cowon makes some stylish and acoustically sound products, which they've lately been loading with Android. The latest is the Z2 Plenue, and no, we don't know what "Plenue" means, either. The device is on sale in South Korea now, but probably won't make it outside of Asia for a few months at the very least.

LG announces Resident Evil 4 for Android, keeps it in Korea

Survival horror fans, prepare to be excited... and then bitterly disappointed. LG (yup, LG, not developer Capcom) announced today that the excellent Resident Evil 4 is now available on Android. If you live in LG's home territory of South Korea. And you have an LG phone with access to their proprietary U+ Market. And it uses an LTE radio. And you've got about five bucks you're not particularly fond of. Android gamers, try to contain your joy.

10% of South Koreans own a Samsung Galaxy S II

In case you hadn't noticed, Samsung is big. Really big. And nowhere is that more evident than on its home turf in South Korea, where the company is a source of national pride. Not without reason, either: Samsung says that its 2011 workhorse smartphone the Galaxy S II has sold five million units in the country of 48.9 million people. In case your math's a little fuzzy, that means that just over ten percent of all men, women and children in South Korea carry a Galaxy S II.

Samsung Galaxy M announced, brings AMOLED to the budget crowd

Samsung has just announced another Super AMOLED packing Android smartphone, the Galaxy M Style. Following their announcement for the new Galaxy Ace, and with the Galaxy M Style they are promising it will be "reasonably priced" while still packing a 4" Super AMOLED display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. More details and pictures after the break.
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