Apr 15 AT 9:54 PM Sean Riley 13 Comments

Pantech Sirius IM-A600S comes bearing Snapdragon (and a stylus?)

Pantech throws its hat in the ring with a Snapdragon phone with AMOLED and HDMI out

Pantech has just announced their fledgling Android effort, the Sirius IM-A600S, will be launching on SK Telecom in Korea by the end of April. Readers in the U.S. and Japan should pay attention as well though as Pantech is in talks with AT&T and Verizon in the U.S. and KDDI in Japan.

A more complete specs list can be found at the bottom of the post, but the major bullet points are:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD8250) 1Ghz
  • 3.7″ WVGA AMOLED Screen (800×480)
  • 5MP Camera w/flash
  • HDMI out
  • Android 2.1
  • 500 MB ROM
  • Optical Joystick

Snapdragon has definitely become fairly commonplace for new Android releases; although I haven’t gotten sick of seeing that 1GHz listing yet. The optical joystick/trackpad is another feature that we are coming to expect from these devices, so no ground won or lost for the Sirius there. I suspect that HDMI out is going to be mainstream by this fall, but for the time being that is definitely a nice way to differentiate this from the Nexus One, Desire, and Droid Incredible that share otherwise similar specs.

On to the few possible dark clouds on the horizon for this device.

  • The amount of RAM wasn’t announced, with the device cleared to output 720p video it seems unlikely that they skimped there, but it would be nice to see the number.
  • Pantech has a skin running on top of Android 2.1, as you can tell from the somewhat iPhone lookalike homescreen, but it isn’t clear what it offers or how deep it runs in the OS.
  • According to the Pantech site there is a stylus included which thus far has meant a resistive touchscreen.

I tried reaching Pantech for confirmation on some of the missing specs, but they have yet to respond. I will update the post when they do get back to me.

I realize if this is resistive touch then it is DOA (at least for our readers), but what if they have slipped a capacitive friendly stylus in there? Does anyone else think that might be useful at times?

Model Name Sirius (IM A600S)
Launch 2010.04
Operator SK Telecom
OS Android 2.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD8250) 1Ghz
Display 3.7-inch WVGA(800X480) AMOLED
Size/Weight 123.5 x 63.5 x 11.5 mm /128g
Qwerty Keypad No
Mobile TV T-DMB
Touch-Screen Yes
Camera 5-megapixel
Bluetooth Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Battery 1150mAh / 1400mAh
Internal Memory 500MB
External Memory 8GB, Up to 32GB
Feature DviX, HDMI, SNS Manager (Twitter, Me2day), Optical Joystick

Via: Telecoms Korea

Source: Pantech

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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