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Rumor: Pantech Just Might Be The First To Release A Phone With Snapdragon 805

April 2, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

The fabled Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset. We have yet to see it in any handset to date, although there were many predictions about a few different smartphones being powered by the processor this year, yet they all came up short and have ended up being manufactured with other various chips from Qualcomm like the 801 or the 800. Of any flagship we might have expected to see it inside the Samsung Galaxy S5, but contrary to our hopes and beliefs, no snapdragon 805 chip. Even the HTC One m8 and Oppo Find 7 would have been likely candidates for the processor, or at least expected by consumers that follow the wireless tech industry. Surprisingly, Pantech who is another Korean manufacturer(although less known when compared to Samsung and LG)just might be the first OEM to land a smartphone on the market that has the chipset inside.

The rumors that are circulating state that Pantech’s Vega Iron 2 could be the first device to actually be powered by the processor, but those rumors also state that the phone might only be launched in Pantech’s home market of Korea. There are reportedly four different models of the device expected to launch, one of which also stands a good chance at being an unlocked phone, which points to the possibility of releasing the device in other regions, and that Pantech may not be looking to just keep this device close to home. The Snapdragon 805 processor is comprise of a quad-core CPU that is clocked at 2.5 GHz, and covering the graphics portion of the processors job is an Adreno 420 graphics chip.

The Pantech Vega Iron 2 is actually a fairly decent looking device, and we certainly hope that one will be made available to purchase for those of us that live in the US. Accompanying the rumored Snapdragon 805 chip, could be a 5.-inch display with 1080p resolution and a 13MP rear camera, and a 3MP front facing camera. The processor is just one piece to the puzzle for performance, as the other half is handled by RAM, which the Vega Iron 2 is said to have 2GB for use. Storage wise we could be looking at both 32GB and 64GB models, LTE support and a 2,800 mAh battery to keep your device powered up. If Pantech releases this phone with the Snapdragon 805 before any other OEM, we have to wonder who will be the next manufacturer to do so.