Samsung has officially announced a brand new 12 megapixel camera phone. If that sounds strangely familiar, cast your mind back to mid January when the company was hotly rumoured to be on the brink of announcing a 12 megapixel camera phone at Mobile World Congress. That never panned out leading us to believe it was a hoax. But lo and behold, sneaky Samsung has been planning one all along – it’s called the Pixon12.
In addition to packing a sensor that makes most digital compacts look like 80s Polaroids, the Pixon12 has a 3.1” AMOLED display. It’s also features a full touchscreen interface, throwing it into direct comparison with the iPhone – which could be interesting, given that the iPhone is tipped to be getting a photo quality upgrade with the launch of iPhone OS 3.0.
Needless to say, with such serious photo tech on board, the Pixon12 is looking more like a phone camera than a camera phone. There’s a dedicated camera button and packs the kind of features you’d expect to find on a proper camera, including Smart Auto scene modes, auto-focus and fast image processing.
The lens is 28mm wide angle affair, which Samsung claims will give a better perspective for phone snappers.
It’s looking like the Pixon12 will be hitting Europe later this month. More word as we hear it.