updated 10:25 am EST, Mon February 2, 2009
Samsung 12MP Cameraphone
Samsung will try to garner attention at this month's Mobile World Congress by launching the world's first cellphone with a 12-megapixel camera, according to claims (registration required) picked up by the Korean newspaper Money Today. While few details are available of the phone itself, the sensor would be about 50 percent denser than the 8-megapixel sensors on the company's best cameraphones, such as the Pixon (shown) and INNOV8. Samsung historically gives these phones autofocusing as well as flash.
If accurate, the phone would make its public appearance at the MWC event in mid-month and would already be in mass production by the end of the month, with the aim of releasing the phone sometime afterwards. The launch would start with Europe first but isn't necessarily limited to the region; the Pixon is already believed on its way to AT&T and Rogers later this year.
Adding the stronger camera gives Samsung an advantage for its high-end cellphones, many of which also have touchscreens and so compete against relatively modest smartphones like Apple's iPhone and HTC's Touch Diamond, which have 2- and 3.2-megapixel cameras respectively; most camera-focused touchscreen phones, like the 5-megapixel LG Viewty. [via Unwired View]