Last month we reported on a new Phablet coming out from Pantech, the Vega Secret Note (they added the “Secret” since last month). Little did we know that it would go on to sell more than 200,000 devices in its home country of South Korea, this according to ZDNet of Korea. At this rate of 5,000 devices per day, Pantech could grab 15-percent of the Korean smartphone market during the fourth quarter of 2013 – something that would not sit well with rival tech giant, Samsung. Although Samsung does not release its Korean sales figures, the Galaxy Note 3 was not doing too well in its own country, although has sold well over 5 million since its introduction the first of October.
The Pantech Vega Secret Note was aimed squarely at the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 market, and it seems to have hit a bull’s eye in Korea. The Vega Secret Note comes with a 5.9-inch Full HD display (1920×1080) resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor running at 2.3GHz. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, a 3200mAh battery, 13MP Camera, and even can take advantage of LTE-Advanced connectivity. Top that off with a fingerprint scanner on the back, and it even carries its own Stylus on the device in a silo like the Galaxy Note 3 with software to take advantage of the stylus.
It is currently on all three major carriers in Korea at a price of US$839, which would considered very high over there, although the carriers may offer some kind of subsidy. This leads us to wonder if Pantech will branch out beyond their own country to sell the Vega Secret Note in Europe or the U.S., although it may be they would not be able to produce enough of the devices at this point. Finally, another phablet with a stowaway writing implement – something other big screen phones that are called phablets are lacking. In order to be a true phablet, the device must have some kind of tablet capabilities, otherwise it is simply a large smartphone.
Let us know in the comments or on Google+ what you think about the new Pantech Vega Secret Note (the “Secret” would have to be dropped for U.S. sales, ha) and if you would like to see it brought to the U.S. or the rest of the world.