Samsung has developed a cell phone with a 7-megapixel camera and will show the device for the first time later this week at the Cebit show in Hanover, Germany.
Compared to the earlier model and phone with a 5-megapixel camera that Samsung also announced last year, the new handset offers several additional photography functions. These include functions typically found on digital still cameras, such as manual focus, user-controllable focal length, shutter speed and shutter priority, aperture priority and fully manual shooting modes. Such features are unusual in camera phones.
Samsung doesn't have a sales schedule or price for the handset, said Erin Lee, a spokeswoman for the company in Seoul.
The new phone represents the latest in a string of firsts in the cellular handset market for Samsung, which is battling with Motorola for second place in the world cell phone market. Last year, Samsung was first with a 5Mp camera phone and was also the first to put on sale a handset with integrated hard-disk drive and a phone that can receive satellite radio and television broadcasts.