Sony Ericsson and Samsung Battle for Megapixel Supremacy

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by Franz Bicar

Mobile phone manufacturers have been battling it out in the camera phone market. Now, Sony Ericsson and Samsung is taking it to a whole new level. At the Mobile World Congress wireless telecom trade show in Barcelona, Spain, these giant manufacturers unveiled three new handsets, that could take the camera phone market by storm.

se-idou1Sony Ericsson’s Idou is a 12.1-megapixel handset and Xenon flash and will probably out in the second half of this year. Idou will be based on the upcoming Symbian Foundation operating system the open, royalty-free mobile platform based on the Symbian and S60 platforms.

Sony Ericsson also announced a new Walkman phone, the W995, which should be out by mid-year. Unlike the Idou, it only has 8.1 megapixels, but you’ll get a handset that also promises a movie and music playback experience. No word yet on carrier or price. These phones come a week after Sony Ericsson announced a couple of other phones, but none with such high-end cameras.

Meanwhile, Samsung unveiled its Samsun Memoir that comes in with 8 megapixels. It will go on sale February 25, exclusively from T-Mobile USA. The Memoir also delivers a slew of features you once only saw in pretty good cameras, including Xenon flash, CMOS auto focus, 16x digital zoom, and advanced controls for brightness and flash.

Other features include blink detection, face detection, anti-shake to reduce blur, and geo-tagging, white balance adjustment, five different shooting modes, and presets for a dozen or so types of photos.

The Memoir also has a couple of widgets, built-in software that provides one-touch access to apps and information from the Web. A weather widget delivers the forecast for the city you’re in, and a camera widget lets you easily access your images and move them to social networking and photo-sharing sites such as Facebook and Flickr.

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