Pantech announced the Vega LTE-A today, a new phablet form the South Korean company that will take advantage of the country’s super-fast LTE-Advanced network. Most exciting though, is the news that the upcoming handset will feature a fingerprint sensor on the back. The news follows growing speculation that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S may also feature fingerprint recognition technology.
Pantech broke the news today, unveiling a flagship smartphone equipped with a 5.6-inch Natural IPS Pro Full HD display, a 3,100mAh battery with Fast Charge Technology, and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The device runs Android 4.2.2 and features a similar design to the upcoming LG G2 with several buttons located on the back. The Vega LTE-A is reportedly set to launch in South Korea later this month, though it’s unclear when an LTE version of the device may arrive in the U.S.
Cupertino is expected to announce a new version of the iPhone sometime next month, and based on recent rumors we expect the flagship device to come equipped with a fingerprint sensor as well. Apple has been interested in fingerprint recognition technology for a while now, but a hidden file uncovered in the latest iOS 7 Beta revealed that the security feature might finally become a reality this fall. It’s not necessarily new tech – we saw it on the Motorola Atrix years ago – but we’re hoping Apple starts to put a spin on how it’s used.