Pantech isn’t surely a first brand name that pops into your mind when thinking about smartphone manufacturers. Even those familiar with the mobile industry might have problems with placing the company’s product. However, considered the South Korea’s third largest mobile manufacturer the company is back after 20 months of silence while releasing a new Android-based smartphone sporting mid-tier specs, dedicated Bluetooth speaker and a svelte body.
Pantech returns after 20-month break and launches an Android-based smartphone. The Sky IM-100 combines metal unibody, decent specs and wireless charging.
After announcing bankruptcy and being bought by Solid Consortium last November Pantech returns after almost 2-year long break. At its special press conference held earlier today in Seoul, Pantech took the wraps off its new handset. Called IM-100 which in Korean is pronounced similarly to the English phrase “I’m back” the new phone is a mid-tier device offering decent hardware and attractive design.
Dressed in a slim body case featuring only 7.8 mm profile, the IM-100 weighs only 130 gram. Despite its thin size-factor the metallic body manages to hide a 3,000 mAh battery and a 5.1-inch Full HD screen panel.
The non-removable battery supports wireless charging via a pod called “the Stone”. Interestingly, enough, wireless charging mode is a feature that so far was reserved for high-end devices like those belonging to Samsung Galaxy S line. Having the shape of a cube the accessory may as well served as a 2.1 Bluetooth speaker as it packs two 3W speakers and a woofer.
The phone will start charging process automatically always when placed atop the Stone. It can also sync with the gadget to play music. To enhance the audio experience Pantech equipped the IM-100 with a Qualcomm’s latest audio silicon – the WCD9326– and a special jog dial for adjusting the volume in a more comfortable way. In addition to all that, the Stone may as well turn in a mood light offering variety of colors and patterns when connected with a lighting-dedicated app.
As for computing powers the Sky IM-100 is driven by a Snapdragon 430 processor paired with 2GB RAM which should be enough to deliver smooth Android 6.0 Marshmallow performance the phone runs out of box. In addition, although the amount of built-in storage hasn’t been officially revealed, Pantech confirms that the basic internal storage may be expanded up to 2TB via microSD cards.
Scheduled to hit the market on June 30th the Sky IM-100 will be sold in two color options, white and platinum black, at an equivalent of $389. Perhaps now after facing so many problems Pantech will return even wiser and stronger. How do you think can the Sky IM-100 mark its position on the mobile market while competing with devices made by more notable mobile makers like Samsung or LG?
source: Korea Times