Samsung Galaxy S2 /S II Vs Pantech Vega Racer: Cutting-Edge

We’ve written countless articles about the smartphone of the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S2 (S II), and haven’t hidden our enthusiasm about this very impressive Android handset. Recently we heard about the Pantech Vega Racer and we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the Galaxy S2 vs. the Pantech Vega Racer to see how these two cutting-edge phones match up.

The Galaxy S2 is set to come to all major US carriers but no release dates are available yet. The Pantech Vega Racer is to release in South Korea and there’s no news yet as to whether it will eventually come to the U.S. but it’s certainly interesting to look at the specs, which on the face of it, seem as impressive as the Galaxy S2.

If you want to catch up with some background to either of these handsets just some of our recent Galaxy S2 posts include sales records in South Korea, a comparison between the Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation and news that some regions have already seen a firmware update although it’s not yet seen a US release. On the other hand the Pantech Vega Racer has only recently been brought to our attention but OSM’s Maddy Rowe, tells more about it. Hit the links to see more on any of these aspects.

Let’s take a look at the specs then. The Galaxy S2 has received hugely favorable reviews, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that has received particular praise. It also features an 8-megapixel camera with 2-megapixel front-facer, 1GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of storage. Another great selling point for the Galaxy S2 is its 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which was upgraded from a 1GHz before release.

The Pantech Vega Racer also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, 1GB of RAM, up to 16GB of storage and 8-megapixel camera plus a 1.3-megapixel shooter, so there are an awful lot of similarities between the two handsets. However the main distinction here is that the Vega Racer features a world’s first for a smartphone and has a whopping 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon processor.

An article on ETNews by Hwang Tae-ho looked at the Web browsing speed of the Vega Racer’s 1.5GHz processor and noted it was quicker at opening up the Electronic Times homepage than a smartphone using a 1.2GHz processor. Moreover, the Pantech handset received praise for its multitasking and contents storage features. Looking at speed then, the Vega Racer is described as the “most cutting-edge smart phone on the global market,” but this comes with reservations as some point to the fact that the stability and heat generation has not yet been tested on a wide-scale as no smartphone has ever had a 1.5GHz processor before. There are also queries as to whether the 1620mAh battery will be sufficient.

It will certainly be interesting to see if the Vega Racer does come to the US market and if so how it will fare against the Samsung Galaxy S2. We have a feeling however that whether the Pantech Racer appears in the US or not, it won’t be too much longer before we do see handsets with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor in the States and elsewhere. What are your thoughts on these two handsets? Which would you choose if you had the option of both? Let us know with your comments.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be tempted to go for the Samsung, as it’s received almost universal praise; and the Super AMOLED Plus screen puts it one step ahead of competing models such as the HTC Sensation (although it does lack stereo video recording). Plus, I can’t imagine what anyone would want to do on a phone that would routinely require a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Anyone tempted to buy it would no doubt already own a nifty little netbook capable of those kind of tasks. Looking forward to hearing more about the Galaxy S3.

  • Anonymous

    The new is always welcomed in the market. This new phone, Pantech Vega Racer, will hopefully prove to be a good competitor for the rest of the phones in the market.