Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Samsung Launches 10-Megapixel Camera Phone

Samsung today launched the SCH-B600 in the Korean market, world's first 10-megapixel mobile phone.

Samsung's 10-megapixel camera phone is 6 mm thinner and 10 g lighter than the 7-megapixel camera phone (SCH-V770) and sets itself apart from its previous megapixel camera phones by combining mobile TV capability in Satellite standard.

The B600 offers the same level of picture-taking sophistication that a 10-megapixel digital camera offers including functions such as 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. Also fitted with a LED autofocus feature which assists users to capture clear, crisp photos even in dark settings, the B600's LED autofocus automatically determines the distance and utilizes the appropriate focus setting for optimal photo shooting. The B600 also supports white balance, manual focus, continuous picture-taking, and interval picture-taking functions.

It also supports Bluetooth which enables users to send pictures wirelessly to other mobile phones, printers or to Bluetooth headsets.

The high-color reproduction TFT-LCD produces the highest possible display for its size. The photo-fine chromic LCD can reproduce 16 million colors, virtually any color found in nature, earning it the "True Color" appellation. Moving pictures can be recorded in QVGA resolution at 15-30 frames per second. Users can watch live TV in crisp picture through Satellite DMB function.

It also supports external memory (MMCmicro) in addition to its internal memory. The mobile phone supports a TV-out function where users can connect their phones to view still or motion pictures.

The B600 comes with a design reminiscent of a real digital camera. The front is designed as a bar-type mobile phone, while the back side is used as the digital camera.

Other advanced functions in the B600 include an MP3 player, business card reader, and 128 polyphonic sounds.

The price of B600 is around 900,000 won (about $900) in Korea.

Samsung SCH-B600 Specifications

- Standard: CDMA 2000 1X EVDO (800 MHz)
- Camera: 10-Megapixel Camera
- Display 2.2-inch 240 x 320 px 16 million color TFT LCD
- Features: Mobile TV (Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcasting)
- Video Recording & Messaging (MPEG4 / H.264)
- MP3/ AAC / AAC+
- Dual Speaker / Anycall Band
- Bluetooth Technology / PictBridge / Voice Recognition
- Document Viewer / TV-output / BT Printing
- Memory: External memory (MMCmicro)

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