Samsung plans to launch a 10-megapixel camera phone in the second quarter of 2006, the company said at CeBit.
The SCH-B600 goes on sale in South Korea in the second quarter of this year and continues a line of mobile phones with high-resolution cameras from Samsung. The company launched a 5-megapixel camera phone in October 2004, a 7-megapixel phone in July 2005, and an 8-megapixel model in November last year.
From one side the handset looks like a conventional mobile while from the other it looks like a digital still camera, with an autofocus 3x optical zoom lens and a flash.
Images and other data can be stored to the handset's internal memory or on MMCmicro memory cards.
The high-end handset also includes support for South Korea's satellite digital broadcasting service. This serves several TV and radio channels on subscription to compatible receivers. Samsung has already launched several phones with such a feature.
Other features include MPEG-4 video recording, a music player that plays MP3, AAC and AAC+ files, TV output, a document viewer and Bluetooth and Pictbridge printing.
No price was provided for the telephone, which is compatible with the CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) 1X EvDO standard.
Samsung also launched the music-paying SGH-i130, which is based on Windows Mobile and carries an 8GB hard-disk drive.
The music player supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, WAV and Ogg music file formats and has dual speakers, an amplifier and Bluetooth stereo link. Other features include a 2-megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth printing and a video output connector. It will be available in Europe during the second quarter of this year, Samsung said.