Sony Ericsson Satio headed to 3 network

The phone costs £30 a month on an 18 month contract. For that, 3 are throwing in 300 minutes or texts 300 3-to-3 calls, free voicemail free Skype-to-Skype calls and Windows Live Messenger access.

LG announces the GC990 Louvre with 12-megapixel camera

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If you’re a fan of the LG Viewty Smart then you’ll definitely be interested in the news coming out of Warsaw, yes Warsaw in Poland, regarding LG’s unveiling of their GC990 Louvre handset.

The GC990 Louvre has a 12-megapixel camera that is also capable of HD video recording – surely this makes the Louvre the best camera phone in the word ever, ever, ever.

The camera is without doubt this handsets main strength. It is capable of auto and touch focus, has a xenon flash, records 1280×720 HD video at 30fps. It has LG’s new Intellizoom feature and has ISO up to 3200. Photos are geo-tagged and there is zero shutter lag.

Moving on from the camera, the smartphone has Wi-Fi, A-GPS, Bluetooth and TV-out as well as a 3.2-inch touchscreen. It also supports DivX and Xvid.

It’s only a concept at the moment, LG state: “The GC900 or ‘Louvre’ mobile phone from LG is a great example of the type of mobile technology innovation LG is developing. There are no confirmed plans to bring it to market. As we have further details on our camera-phone portfolio or other mobiles, LG will provide information on where and when they will be available to consumers.”

When it does get released expect us to be all over it in the usual Tech Digest way.

(via GSMArena)

Samsung unveils 12-megapixel Pixon12 mobile phone

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Samsung has unleashed the first 12-megapixel camera-phone on planet Earth. The Pixon12 was launched today, will be on sale within a month in Europe and will doubtless have compact manufacturers quaking in their already quaky-shaky boots.

The news will come as a bit of a blow to Sony Ericsson who’ve just shown off their 12.1-megapixel Idou, or Satio or whatever it is they choose to call it, when it hits the shelves all too late in Q4. I don’t suppose that 0.1 of a megapixel is going to keep them very warm at the wrong end of six months of potential profit loss.

Worth remembering that megapixels aren’t everything but then, if you’re reading this, you probably already know that.

For more on basic photography, check out our “how to” guide on taking better snaps.

Broadcom planning 12 megapixel, 720p playback – for mobile phones

720p-mobile-phone-video.jpgBroadcom’s new technology will kick mobile camera and video abilities through the roof, providing it isn’t lying about the technology packed into its next-gen BCM2727 mobile media chip.

We have no reason to think a company like Broadcom would lie.

The company’s new multimedia sensor features the VideoCore III technology…