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Jan 16, 2014

Pantech Vega Iron 2 Flagship Smartphone to Arrive Soon




Pantech is yet another South Korean mobile phone maker reportedly gearing up for the launch of a new flagship smartphone in the not too distant future, in an attempt to increase its market presence.

According to the latest reports on the matter, the company is getting ready for the launch of a Pantech Vega Iron 2 handset soon, and it would also aim at picking on Galaxy S5 with it. Last year, the vendor released its Vega Iron smartphone to compete with Galaxy S4, and it should make a similar move this year. Info coming from ZDNet Korea suggests that the mobile phone would be set for launch sometime in April, around the same time that the Galaxy S5 arrives.

The device should hit the market with a metal body and with a fingerprint scanner, and it might even feature a Quad HD touchscreen display, PhoneArena notes. However, no official confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now.

Pantech Vega Iron
Image credits to Pantech

Meizu Confirms Ubuntu for Meizu MX3





Chinese phone vendor Meizu has been recently rumored to plan the launch of a new version of its Meizu MX3 smartphone, one that would run under Ubuntu, and the company has already provided confirmation on the matter, it seems.

The info comes from Meizu Russia, which unveiled to mobiltelefon.ru that its engineers were indeed working on putting the platform on the smartphone, but that things still needed to be polished. Apparently, the team is focused on ensuring increased stability of the operating system on this device, and it might take a while before things become official.

Moreover, the company is also said to be building a new version of the Flyme ROM (based on Android) for the Meizu MX2 and MX3 smartphones, and it won’t release Ubuntu for the new flagship until this software is ready for launch.

Meizu MX3 with Ubuntu
Image credits to GizChina

Samsung's First Tizen Handset Receives Certification in Japan




South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics is finally nearing the launch of its first smartphone running under the Tizen operating system, as the device has received certification in Japan.

The phone has emerged in the country as Samsung SC-03F, and it is expected to make an appearance on shelves at Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo. No specific info on when the handset might become available at the operator has been provided as of now, but rumor has it that it has been delayed. Previously, Samsung was said to plan on making it official next month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

A recent post on SankeiBiz notes that NTT DoCoMo initially planned to launch the phone on January 16, but postponed the event without an explanation. According to PhoneArena, the recent release of Apple’s iPhone on the carrier’s network might have caused this. Hopefully, more on this will emerge soon, so stay tuned.

Samsung's Tizen smartphone gets certified
Image credits to PhoneArena

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