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 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website heartinpiece

    FOI, the three icons in the screenshot are Twitter(Blue t), Me2day(Speech bubble|This is a twitter like SNS platform created by NHN, Korea)) and MiniHompy(Mini hompage service of SK Group called Cyworld. It’s the most used SNS service within Korea.)

    • http://Website kell

      Price wise, the Sirius is super expensive — SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) is asking a whooping 900,000 won for the device, which is about $810. It should be lower though. Reactions: http://j.mp/pantech-sirius-im-series

  • http://Website L3reak

    You’re wrong to worry about the resistive touchscreen. Cell phones and other touch devices released in China, Korea, Japan and other east Asian countries actually prefer resistive. They need it to draw Chinese (or other) characters on the screen, since there are far too many for a capacitive keyboard to be useful, and resistive is actually more accurate for that sort of use.

    Don’t worry, IF it gets brought over, they’ll switch out the screen.

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Good point. I still think a device shipping with a capacitive stylus could be interesting though; especially with some of the larger screen sizes we will be seeing later this year.

  • jakejardashian

    The last thing I want my phones UI to look like is an iPhone.

  • http://Website William Furr

    For certain apps and for when it’s cold out, a capacitive stylus could be handy. I really don’t dig on resistive touchscreens at all.

  • http://Website shaneaus

    Capacitive is the only way for me. But, I agree that a stylus could be useful in colder climes.

  • http://Website Stefan Fischer

    Given the small display-size of most smartphones (4 inch diagonal), but their high resolution (better than 480×320), it is obvious that their information density (pix/cm^2) cannot be addressed by a thick finger-tip. Only the thin tip of a stylus (or of a lady’s long finger-nail) can make good use of that information density. A typical example: cut-and-paste of text, starting and ending at a precise character. This is impossible for a finger-tip without a cumbersome zooming-aid, since it is imprecise and the finger occludes the view.

    This means that capacitive touchscreens, which require an extended surface of the finger to be in contact with the screen to register a “touch”, are not at all appropriate for pocket-sized devices like smartphones when one tries to do more than just viewing information, but tries to actually edit the text/picture/etc. that is shown on the screen.

    So far, only resistive touchscreens allow to work with a stylus or a finger-nail. For many users, this is really a more useful feature than being able to zoom with gestures (multi-touch feature of capacitive touchscreens). Zooming can be achieved in many other ways (for ex. by having a zoom-button, etc.). But nothing can replace pointing accuracy. Note that track-balls and other similar pointing-devices are no substitute for the ability to directly point to the screen with high accuracy.

    Regarding the so popular “swiping” motion used to scroll the display, resistive screens are just as responsive as capacitive screens when one uses the tip of the finger so that the nail makes the contact (thereby requiring only minute amounts of pressure), rather than using the fleshy bit of the finger-tip (which does indeed require a lot of pressure on a resistive screen). It is really very easy to get used to hold the finger in such a way that the finger-nail makes the screen contact.

    In any case, technology already exists that allows to combine the advantages of capacitive and resistive displays, see for ex.
    http://www.stantum.com/ or
    Unfortunately, this is being ignored in the newly released Android smartphones.

  • http://Website ivyjoyce

    how can i unlock Pantech IM-A600S Sirius in philippines?
    it works before but my sister accidentally click the reformat, so it wont works to any simcards in philippines :(

    • jay

      same problem here…but mine is pantech sirius IS06…=(

  • christine conte

    where can i buy this pantech sirius im-a600s? thanks!

  • ryan

    how to unlock pantech im-a600s?

  • ryan

    how to unlock pantech im-a600s? thanks