updated 11:45 am EST, Fri November 7, 2008
Ericsson on Cellphone Cams
Ericsson late yesterday outlined its plans for future cellphones that will make HD video a crucial part of the future. The Swedish company says its current projections will result in cellphones by 2012 with cameras as sharp as 12 to 20 megapixels that will also have the processing power behind them to record full HD video, or 1080p. This target phone should also have a roughly 1024x768 display resolution and could thus play its own footage much closer to its native resolution than would be possible today.
To make this feasible, the processor and network connection will also reportedly speed up. A 1GHz core is seen as likely and should be matched by the full launch of 4G Internet access using Long Term Evolution (LTE), which will top 100Mbps. Merging all the technologies will give users a cellphone with network and visual performance that would have been high-end for a desktop computer, camera or Internet connection a few years ago or even today, according to Ericsson.
Confidence in reaching the goals comes from existing or imminent technology. While current HSPA tops out at 7.2Mbps downstream, HSPA+ (also known as HSPA Evolution) should boost that speed up to 21Mbps as early as late 2008 thanks to a Telstra rollout in Australia. Several celpphones, such as the Samsung Pixon and competing phones from LG and Sony Ericsson, already have eight-megapixel cameras while many mid-range or lower phones have 3.2- and five-megapixel sensors.
No mention is made of whether Ericsson's phone concept is specifically in the works by its related company Sony Ericsson or whether it expects third-party firms to also reach these objectives at the same time.