Panasonic Launches Lumix Smartphone With 13.2MP Sensor

Japanese giant Panasonic has unveiled a new smartphone, the Lumix Phone, at the CEATEC 2010 event, the Japanese equivalent of the German IFA (or the US-based CES).

The phone, which is available in four different colours, is being presented more as a camera and comes with some impressive specs like the Mobile Venus engine which is an image processing chip that enhances colour reproduction.

It also comes with a 13.2-megapixel CMOS, the highest of any phone currently on the market, with a 27mm wide-angle lens but no optical zoom.

Other improvements to the image features of the Lumix phone include a more powerful flash and a special lens coating to reduce glare

The Lumix Phone will weigh approximately 146g and measures 116mm by 52mm by 18mm. Panasonic has also confirmed that it will be compatible with DLNA devices and will offer picture sharing capabilities over Wi-Fi.

There's also a 3.3-inch VGA touchscreen display, microSDHC support and has been built for NTT DoCoMo in Japan. The obvious question is how much it will cost and whether it will be available outside Japan some day.

If you understand Japanese, you might want to have a look at the dedicated Lumix phone site here.