Pantech drops AMOLED completely due to shortage, may resume use in 2H 2011 and the brand name is Pantech Vega….
Pantech SKY IM-A650S Vega. Smartphone running Android 2.1 operating system with proprietary 3D-interface, and it is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon platform with processor 1 GHz.Novelty is equipped with a 3.7-inch touchscreen AMOLED-display with a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, 5 megapixel camera with recording HD-video 720p, 500 MB of internal memory, a slot for flash cards format microSD/microSDHC (up to 32 Gb, supplied includes 8-gigabyte card), 3,5-millimeter headphone jack, a digital television receiver standard T-DMB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. The smartphone can play videos in DivX format and Xvid.
Now The Pantech Vega may boast a sizable 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, but don’t expect future phones from the Helio manufacturer to follow suit after suffering the same shortages that drove HTC to Sony’s SLCD-illuminated doorstep, Pantech’s also temporarily giving active-matrix organic technology the boot.
Now, you may not give two nickels about the technologies in Pantech’s next handset, but the firm’s got a finger on the industry’s pulse. So when an unnamed executive says “phones to be rolled out in the first half of next year” won’t use AMOLED, that hints at when the shortage for US-bound devices might also let up.
In case you’re curious, 2H 2011 is when Samsung’s next AMOLED facility is slated to open, though by that point AU Optronics and TPO Display should be shipping the screens as well.