This week, Japanese carrier Softbank unveiled a number of smartphones that it will be carrying in the near future, and the Panasonic LUMIX Phone 101P is one of the them. The LUMIX Phone 101P borrows heavily from Panasonic’s experience with its LUMIX line of digital cameras, and pairs some powerful optics with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
If you were to imagine a pocket-sized point-and-shoot digital camera with an Android smartphone grafted onto the back of it, that is pretty much the LUMIX Phone 101P in a nutshell. The front of the phone features a 4-inch, qHD (540 x 960 pixel) touchscreen and the usual menu, home, and back buttons for Android. The phone is powered by a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP processor, and it includes support for Japanese digital TV service.
Looking at the camera side of things, we find a 13.2 megapixel CMOS LUMIX sensor with Panasonic’s “Mobile Venus Engine” for image processing. The camera is autofocus and appears to sport a xenon flash unit. Unfortunately, Softbank has not provided details about the LUMIX Phone 101P’s video recording abilities, but we would be very surprised if some sort of HD recording wasn’t included. The phone is waterproof and it manages to keep trim dimensions despite its powerful shooting abilities. The 101P measures 123mm x 64mm x 9.8mm (4.84in x 2.52in x 0.39in) and weighs 128g (4.5oz).
Softbank will be offering the Panasonic LUMIX Phone 101P in November. Exact pricing has yet to be announced, and there is no word of plans to bring the phone to global markets. Q4CTHNYTGCK9 [via TechCrunch]


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