Samsung: First 5mpix camera phone|
(Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 13:25 EDT)
Korean electronics giant Samsung has announced what is said to be the world's first five megapixel camera phone in the Korean market, due to start shipping in a week.
The Samsung SCH-S250 is apparently based on a camera module from Japanese manufacturer Asahi Pentax, and will be available through Korean mobile operator SK Telecom at a cost of 1 million won (US$874). The phone's design incorporates a slide-out feature similar to that seen on certain PDAs, whereby the lens (and part of the LCD display) are protected by the phone's body when not in use. Other features include a 320 x 240 pixel (QVGA), 24-bit (16.7 million color) LCD display, a TV output, 92MB of internal memory, and an RS-MMC storage slot (32MB included). The phone also offers macro focusing to 10 centimeters, a fastest shutter speed of 1/1000 second, a multi-hour QVGA video recording function, an MP3 player, and text-to-speech conversion that allows you to listen to text messages.
Apparently a version of the phone with an optical zoom lens will follow. The Engadget website has a number of photos of the new phone from different angles...
Note: This item is based on information from a number of sources, which disagreed on quite a few points as to the specification of the new camera phone. Where possible, we went with the information most sources agreed on...