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Pantech dropping Vega LTE Android phones with touch-free gestures


You might associate Korea’s Pantech with cheap, entry-level Android phones, but their new line of Android-powered Vega LTE smartphones pack in some pretty competitive specs on top of Kinect-style gestures for navigating the phone without actually touching the screen.

As you can see in the video above, gestures will allow you to wave your hand in front of the device to perform tasks such as answering a call, and according to All Things D, playing music. The technology comes from Israeli touch-free interface experts eyeSight Mobile Technologies, who also mention the ability to browse eBooks, manage presentations, play games, and more on their website. The company is working with a ton of other OEMs shipping Android devices to integrate their software-based Hand Gesture Recognition Technology. We haven’t got our hands on the tech yet, and we’re not sure if it will eventually become the go-to technology for touch-free interfaces on Android (we already know Apple is experimenting), but it’s intriguing nonetheless.

We already learned about the Pantech Vega LTE earlier this month, which sports a 4.5-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1 GB of RAM, 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 1830mAh battery, 16GB internal memory, NFC-capabilities, and measures 9.35mm thin. The Vega LTE lineup will be hitting the Korean market in November. Images after the break.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.