Samsung is to launch a mobile applications online store later this month at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
It also has a host of handsets lined up for their debut in Spain, including what is being touted as the world’s first 12-megapixel camera phone.
Aptina has launched a new sensor for high-end 5-megapixel camera phones that promises to double performance in low-light situations.
Called the MT9P013 5MP image sensor, it also promises to provide high quality video recording capabilities supporting up to 720p HD video at 60 frames per second and full 5-megapixel resolution video at 15fps.
Shutter lag is one of the biggest gripes about taking photos on a camera phone – especially on higher resolution handsets.
So it was interesting to hear first hand Scalado’s take on a solution to that particular problem.
Appropriately called the Scalado Camera Solution, it enables zero-shutter lag, burst capturing and instant zoom/pan in the camera.
The launch by Samsung in the UK this week of what it claims is Europe’s first 8 megapixel camera phone is being seen as an attempt to highlight shortcomings in the iPhone.
A number of other handset vendors are preparing to launch similar high-end camera phones in time for the Christmas period.
Samsung has launched the i8510, its first 8-megapixel camera phone, which comes with autofocus features, face recognition, image stabilizer, and flash.
The smartphone uses the Symbian v9.3 operating system and features on-board software that allows users to edit and personalise photos.