The Xpress is based on a new Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, the MSM8255 processor (likely 1GHz). The real innovation, however, lies even further under the hood. This device will come equipped with an unspecified amount of DDR2 RAM — the RAM that normally comes installed in a x86 laptop and desktop computers. Case in point, the Xpress isn’t going to be anything short of really, really fast.
Within the phone’s 4″ TFT display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (WVGA) you’ll find Android 2.2 Froyo, which isn’t the latest and greatest version of Google’s mobile software, but a solid build nonetheless. Considering the Vega may or may not be shipping in the U.S anytime soon, it’s disappointing that Pantech isn’t looking ahead in the software element of their presumably flagship smartphone.
Perhaps Pantech is making up for the ‘old’ software build with its claim that the Xpress will double 3D graphics performance relative to its previous best, all while maintaining 2-3x more power efficiency. Other specs include a 5MP autofocus camera, MicroSD / MicroSDHC memory card slot, 8GB of internal memory, 802.11n WiFi support and a 1500mAh battery.
From what we can see in the photos, the phone doesn’t have a stunning, revolutionary design like the iPhone 4’s or Samsung’s Nexus S. However, the modern reduction in Android stock buttons (from 4 to 3) and front facing camera are welcome additions to what looks like a standard smartphone aesthetic build. The device should eventually be available in a black or white color scheme. The Sky Vega Xpress is expected to launch in the near future in Korea.
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