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Samsung Pixon 12 M8910: Snap-happy 12-megapixel touchscreen phone

Samsung has announced the Pixon 12 M8910 touchscreen camera phone, with all the camera essentials: wide-angle lens, flash and 12 of the finest megapixels Korea has to offer

Less than a week after the Sony Ericsson Satio was officially launched as the first 12-megapixel phone, Samsung has announced the equally specced Pixon 12 M8910.

According to Akihabara News, the M8910 will arrive in Europe in June. It will boast a resolution bump from the original 8-megapixel Samsung Pixon, which some users reckoned was basically an 8-megapixel Tocco.

The M8910 features a 79mm (3.1-inch) AMOLED touchscreen. Camera functions include touch-based focus, allowing you to tap on the screen to select what you want to focus on. Samsung describes a fast-saving feature, which is designed to allow you to take the next picture quickly rather than waiting the full amount of time for the phone's brain to wrestle with each dozen-megapixel image.

It also includes a 28mm wide-angle lens and Xenon flash. As well as stills, the M8910 shoots 720x480-pixel video at 30 frames per second. Which all sounds great, but we'll wait until we've had a hands-on and seen some test shots before we get really excited -- after all, there's still the matter of that tiny little phone-sized image sensor.

With HSPA and built-in Wi-Fi, you'll get instant upload to Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket and the like. According to today's reports, it'll pack quad-band GSM/EDGE, dual-band UMTS/HSPA, Bluetooth and GPS.