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Samsung Pixon12 M8910 - First 12 Megapixel Touch Phone

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Samsung today announced its first 12-megapixel all-touch phone, the Samsung Pixon12 M8910. The phone can easily be compared to the upcoming Sony Ericsson Satio when it comes to specifications, though the latter will be a smartphone powered by Symbian S60 5th Edition.

The Samsung Pixon12 M8910 sports a dedicated camera button, and users are promised fast image saving for next shot so users can move to the next shot within around 2 seconds. The phone will also offer touch autofocus tracking, where users can select focus point with the touch of a finger, after which the AF function will automatically follow the object.

Moreover, a Smart Auto feature will automatically change the scene and mode based on its object, background and lighting. That's a popular feature on entry-level compact cameras too, though it doesn't always provide the best image quality. The image processor of the phone will ultimately decide the camera performance at the end of the day here. Rounding out the camera specs, the Samsung Pixon12 M8910 will offer a 28mm wide-angle lens and Xenon flash.

Just like the recently released Samsung S8300, the Samsung Pixon12 M8910 will boast a large AMOLED display (3.1-inch screen with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 while providing power-saving features). There's however no word on the screen resolution, so we assume it's of the usual Wide QVGA kind (240x400 pixels).

The Samsung Pixon12 M8910 also promises easy on-board photo management with multiple ways of sorting - by tags, file names, ratings and time. In addition, a multi-selection feature enables users to pull up images in groups rather than one by one. For image and video sharing, the Samsung Pixon12 M8910 will offer the Samsung Share Pix application. It'll let users upload social networking sites such as Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, MySpace, Photobucket and Friendster.

In the connectivity department, the Samsung Pixon12 M8910 boasts Wi-Fi, HSDPA/HSUPA and Bluetooth. It'll operate on Quadband GSM networks, when released in European countries in late June 2009. Samsung promises that the phone will appear in other markets in August, but there's no specific mention of the North American market.

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