updated 07:25 am EDT, Mon June 1, 2009
Samsung this morning bowed a new flagship camera phone. The Pixon12 upgrades the original Pixon with a namesake 12-megapixel camera that offers the highest resolution in a cellphone camera. It also gets a 28mm wide-angle lens and Xenon flash to produce shots closer to a dedicated compact camera. A 3.1-inch AMOLED screen also plays into the photography role: it more accurately reflects the view with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and lets owners autofocus on a specific point just by touching that area on the screen.
Like other recent high-end Samsung phones, the Pixon12 has 3G over full HSPA and Wi-Fi. Most other specifications aren't detailed but should include GPS and microSDHC storage. The phone ships first to Europe in June and other areas in August, though whether or not it supports North American 3G bands isn't known.
Sony Ericsson was the first to unveil a 12-megapixel camera phone in the Satio but has only said it would ship the equally touchscreen phone sometime in the second half of 2009, giving Samsung the title of first to ship.