The now defunct Pantech, long known in the industry as the smallest manufacturer by volume in the Korean market, was once planning to produce a worthy competitor to Samsung’s Note 4 phablet as late as last year, though due to lack of capital to manufacture the device in mass quantities, the phone has never seen the light of day until now, thanks to a Russian site. The phone was ready to manufacture and ship as far back as August of last year.
Mobiltelefone.ru has acquired photos of the stillborn Pantech Vega Secret Up 2 and has posted a full gallery showing off the phone. The phone was to feature high-end specs such as a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSDXC slot.
The manufacturer also planned to fit a 1W loudspeaker, a large 3,400 mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, and a stylus. The phone was also to be larger in size compared to the current Note 4, with a full 6-inch display and a 2560×1440 resolution display with support for Korean LTE-A networks.
Pantech previously had a long-term sales agreement with AT&T and Verizon in the US and was better known here for manufacturing entry-level phones for GoPhone and mid-range Android smartphones sold at lower prices than comparable flagships with identical features, though those agreements ended once the manufacturer began to post consistent losses beginning in 2012, from which it was never able to recover.
Pantech attempted multiple times to find a buyer for its mobile phone business as late as two weeks ago, until the company ran out of time and began liquidating its remaining assets to repay local and international creditors. That the Vega Secret Up 2 is seeing the light of day now means that for all intents and purposes, Pantech is officially mobile phone history.