Dell seems to have defined a new segment with its Streak 5 tablet-smartphone combo (tabletphone) with, well…a 5 inch screen. Pantech SKY announced a 5-inch device running Android to soon be released soon in Korea.
A huge downside for the Pantech SKY Vega No.5 tabletphone is the lack of Honeycomb (Android 3.0). It instead runs Android 2.3.3. The tabletphone is slated for release in Korea by the end of May. Not to be confused with its sibling, the Vegas Racer 4.3 inch smartphone, the Vegas No.5 is speedy – speedier than the Dell Streak, helped along by the blazing Qualcomm 1.5 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon heart (MSM8x60). In contrast, Dell’s current offering hums along comfortably on a 1 GHz CPU, again by Qualcomm (QSD8250). This will make the Vega No.5 the fastest 5-inch android tablet on the market at release time. The updated Streak 5 is not slated for launch till next year. Unfortunately, the Pantech tablet does not have an international launch date yet, giving Dell some breathing room.
The impressive tablet does not end at its dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. Also on the list are 1 GB RAM and 14+ Mb/s HSPA connectivity. There are impressive cameras on both sides – an 8 MP, 1080p-video-capable, shooter on the back with LED flash, and one on the front. The rest of the list is a bit of a disappointment. The biggest downside is the lack of the latest Android version. The 16 GB internal storage is nothing to boast about, unfortunately. Other versions offering 32 GB and 64 GB options might have saved it some face, but sadly the Vega No.5 has to live with the small storage space. Then there’s the 800×480 WVGA resolution screen, which is the same as the Dell Streak 5, but we could have seen something better. The one thing that we simply cannot fault it on, however, is the way it looks. The Vega No.5 is a looker, and is sure to attract a few eyeballs if you use it in public (we still wouldn’t advise you to make phone calls with it).
People have been looking at the Streak 5 and scratching their heads, wondering about the tablet’s intent. It’s too big to fit in the average pocket, or to be used as a phone without looking like a fool…but it’s too small to provide a full tablet experience, like a bigger-sized screen would allow. The Vega No.5’s success in Korea, and the international market if it is launched worldwide later, will majorly define the scope of the 5-inch tabletphone segment. While we find the Vega No.5 to be a good device, we remain skeptical about its usability. You can check it in action in the video above.